Italy beats Armenia 9-1 for biggest win since 1948

Ruben Hill
November 19, 2019

Twenty-year-old Nicolo Zaniolo scored a brace, his first worldwide goals, while Ciro Immobile also scored twice as Italy, already qualified, completed Group J with 30 points from their 10 games.

"We have got six months to prepare for the European Championship and it is going to be hard to decide who to leave out of the final 23".

"They're all young guys and they're improving match by match and internationals give you strength. This team deserves it and I thank the coach for giving me the opportunity to play with them". Gerard Moreno scored twice in 10 minutes in the first half at the Wanda Metropolitano, adding to Fabián Ruiz's opener after only eight minutes.

Nicolo Barella, 22, also scored in the first half on front of a crowd of almost 28,000 on the Mediterranean island.

Nicolo Barella, Alessio Romagnoli, Jorginho, debutant Riccardo Orsolini and Federico Chiesa shared the other goals. We'd in no way received all 10 video games in a qualifying group, we've got 6 months to prepare for the championship and regretably I will have to go away some at the rear of, as I can only bring 23 players. "You don't score nine goals in an global match nowadays, we gave our all to achieve that", Mancini told Rai Sport. "The records only count when we have won silverware".

"If we can continue like this, that would be great".

Zaniolo added: "I've made another dream come true tonight, but I realise it must be just the beginning ..."

"We'll see what occurs at Euro 2020".

This was not quite either Italy's biggest global score or their largest margin of victory. In 1920, they beat France 9-4 in a friendly.

While their impressive performances are sure to see them considered among the favourites at next year's showpiece tournament, Mancini feels other nations are ahead of Italy in their growth.

Italy will target their second European title after 1968 next year, with the opening game of the tournament in Rome.

"It's a special vintage, a 2019 to frame". They are young and I think they are one of the strongest teams.

"Mancini has put Italy back on the path of success".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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