Football: Italy maintain perfect record with easy win in Liechtenstein

Italy's forward Andrea Belotti (left) vies with Liechtenstein's defender Daniel Kaufmann during the Euro 2020 Group J qualification football match between Liechtenstein and Italy at the Rheinpark Stadium in Vaduz, on Oct 15, 2019.
Italy's forward Andrea Belotti (left) vies with Liechtenstein's defender Daniel Kaufmann during the Euro 2020 Group J qualification football match between Liechtenstein and Italy at the Rheinpark Stadium in Vaduz, on Oct 15, 2019. PHOTO: AFP

VADUZ (REUTERS) - Italy, already qualified for Euro 2020, maintained their perfect record in Group J and clocked up their ninth international win in a row with a 5-0 thumping of Liechtenstein on Tuesday (Oct 15).

Federico Bernardeschi set Italy on the way in the second minute before Andrea Belotti, with a brace, Alessio Romagnoli and Stephan El Shaarawy added further goals in the final 20 minutes as Roberto Mancini's team made it eight wins out of eight in the group.

Teemu Pukki scored twice as Finland beat Armenia 3-0 to strengthen their grip on second place and move closer to a first-ever appearance at either the Euro or World Cup finals. Fredrik Jensen opened the scoring in the 31st minute.

Finland, who have 15 points from eight games, moved five clear of both Armenia and Bosnia & Herzegovina, who lost 2-1 in Greece, with two games each to play.