Italy’s World Cup qualification campaign got off to a good start as they beat Northern Ireland 2-0 at Parma’s Stadio Ennio Tardini on Thursday evening.
Domenico Berardi and Ciro Immobile did the damage in a dominant first half, but the Azzurri slowed down considerably after the break.
Donnarumma 6; Florenzi 6.5, Bonucci 5.5, Chiellini 5.5, Emerson 5 (75’ Spinazzola N/A); Pellegrini 6 (64’ Barella 5.5), Locatelli 5.5 (84’ Pessina N/A), Verratti 6; Berardi 7.5 (75’ Chiesa N/A), Immobile 7, Insigne 6.5 (84’ Grifo N/A).
Player of the Match – Domenico Berardi
The Sassuolo forward got a goal early on and could have had another. He has impressed whenever he has played under Roberto Mancini, and has shown that he has a lot to bring to the Azzurri.