Italy Defends Reputation As European Champion

By | September 11, 2021

REGGIO EMILIA: Italy thrashed Lithuania 5-0 in a 2022 World Cup qualifier to extend their unbeaten run to 37 games.

European champions Roberto Mancini became the first Italian squad to score four goals in the first 30 minutes of the game.

Everton-loaned Juventus youngster Moise Kean put the Group C leaders ahead in the 11th minute thanks to an error by Arvydas Novikovas who made a weak pass to his goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus.

Three minutes later, Giacomo Raspadori, making his international debut at his club Sassuolo’s yard in Reggio Emilia, saw his shot hit Edgaras Utkus for Lithuania’s own goal.

Raspadori, who was disappointed his name was not recorded as a scorer, didn’t wait long to make sure his debut was decorated with a goal, and he blasted home Italy’s third goal in the 24th minute.

In the 29th minute, Kean capitalized on a gastric pass

Federico Bernardeschi with a left -footed shot.

Italy’s fifth goal came through Giovanni Di Lorenzo who scored his first goal for the country.

Italy now lead the group after collecting 14 points from six matches while Switzerland are in second place on eight points but have played less than two games.