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Sunday September 8 2019
Italy Finnish the job

The Azzurri made it six wins out of six in Euro 2020 qualifying and Elio Salerno explains some of the tactical adjustments made to beat Finland.

Roberto Mancini’s Italy took a giant step toward qualification for Euro 2020 with a hard-fought victory over Group J rivals Finland.

He chose to make five changes to the team that had beaten Armenia three days prior. Lazio centre-back Francesco Acerbi made his competitive debut for Italy with Armando Izzo, Stefano Sensi, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Ciro Immobile completing a much changed XI.

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Sunday September 8 2019
Mancini: 'Emerson injury not serious'

Roberto Mancini assures Emerson Palmieri’s injury while on international duty with Italy was “nothing serious.”

The Chelsea left-back started tonight’s 2-1 Euro 2020 qualifier in Finland, but lasted only eight minutes before limping off.

He pulled up when chasing down Teemu Pukki on the counter-attack and immediately asked to be substituted.

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Sunday September 8 2019
Pukki: 'Italy deserved victory'

Teemu Pukki confessed Italy “had more chances and deserved to win the game” as Finland fell 2-1 in Tampere for their Euro 2020 qualifier.

“Obviously, Italy had more chances, but we came back to 1-1 and wanted to get at least one point,” the Norwich City striker told Rai Sport.

“I guess you could say Italy deserved to win the game.”

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Sunday September 8 2019
Izzo: 'Didn't expect Italy start'

Armando Izzo admits he “didn’t expect to start” Italy’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Finland, but he hopes to “be back in future!”

The Torino centre-back was used as a right-back, effectively remaining in defence while Emerson Palmieri first and then Alessandro Florenzi were allowed to push up constantly down the left.

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Sunday September 8 2019
Donnarumma: 'Great performance'

Gianluigi Donnarumma saw “a great performance” as Italy won 2-1 in Finland, their sixth Euro 2020 win out of six, even if they conceded an historic goal.

The Azzurri had never previously conceded on Finnish soil and kept six consecutive clean sheets against the Nordic nation.

“When a penalty goes central, it’s difficult, as you generally have to choose a side,” Donnarumma told Rai Sport of the Teemu Pukki penalty.

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Sunday September 8 2019
Acerbi: 'Italy know goal will come'

Francesco Acerbi praised Italy’s passing game and assured they “know the goal will come sooner or later, so we don’t worry” after a 2-1 win in Finland.

The Azzurri notched up six wins out of six in Euro 2020 qualifying Group J and are now six points clear at the top.

“It was a difficult game in a tough arena, Finland are a very physical side who run hard and we tried to focus on our passing,” Acerbi told Rai Sport.

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Sunday September 8 2019
Immobile: 'Italy drought weighed on me'

Ciro Immobile confessed a two-year Italy drought “was weighing on me,” but he broke it in tonight’s 2-1 victory in Finland.

The Lazio striker nodded in a Federico Chiesa cross during the Euro 2020 qualifier in Tampere, his first Azzurri goal since September 5, 2017.

“It was weighing on me so much, not scoring with this jersey. So much has been said over the last two years, but I was calm and knew my moment would come,” Immobile told Rai Sport.

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Sunday September 8 2019
Mancini: 'Created own problems'

Roberto Mancini was irritated at Italy “creating our own problems” in a 2-1 victory away to Finland, but appreciated the performance.

The Azzurri won their seventh game in a row, including all six in the Euro 2020 group, with Ciro Immobile and a Jorginho penalty.

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Sunday September 8 2019
Euro 2020: Italy joy of six in Finland

Italy dominated for long periods in Tampere, but were only able to beat Finland 2-1 thanks to a controversial Jorginho penalty after Ciro Immobile broke his drought.

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Sunday September 8 2019
Immobile breaks Italy drought

Ciro Immobile has ended his Italy goal drought after two years and three days, finding the net against Finland.

The Lazio striker has been a regular on the scoresheet at club level, but his last international strike was in the 1-0 World Cup qualifier against Israel on September 5, 2017.

He had fired blanks in 10 consecutive caps, but finally broke through in Tampere during this evening’s Euro 2020 qualifier.

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