European Championship Qualifying - Group H
Italy1Bulgaria0

Italy 1-0 Bulgaria

Italy v Bulgaria
Italy have not been crowned champions of Europe since 1968

Italy moved two points clear at the top of Group H as Daniele De Rossi hit the winner before being sent off against Bulgaria in a Euro 2016 qualifier.

Roma midfielder De Rossi, 32, scored from the penalty spot after Veselin Minev tripped Antonio Candreva.

Both teams finished with 10 men, De Rossi sent off with Bulgaria's Iliyan Mitsanski after the pair clashed.

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, 37, won his 150th cap in the victory but he was rarely tested.

Norway are two points behind Italy in second place after a 2-0 win over Croatia in Oslo.

With two games remaining, two of Italy, Norway and Croatia - third in the table with 15 points - can still secure automatic qualification.

Italy entertain Norway in their last game in Rome on 13 October.

In the group's other game, Azerbaijan drew 2-2 at bottom club Malta.

Group H
How Group H looks after Sunday's results

Line-ups

Italy

  • 1Buffon
  • 4Darmian
  • 19Bonucci
  • 3Chiellini
  • 2De Sciglio
  • 10Verratti
  • 16De RossiBooked at 55mins
  • 18Parolo
  • 6CandrevaSubstituted forÉderat 86'minutes
  • 20PellèSubstituted forZazaat 71'minutes
  • 14El ShaarawySubstituted forFlorenziat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Criscito
  • 7Zaza
  • 8Soriano
  • 9Immobile
  • 11Florenzi
  • 12Sirigu
  • 13Padelli
  • 15Barzagli
  • 17Éder
  • 21Pirlo
  • 22Gabbiadini
  • 23Vázquez

Bulgaria

  • 12Mitrev
  • 6MinevBooked at 58minsSubstituted forBandalovskiat 64'minutes
  • 3Aleksandrov
  • 5Bodurov
  • 14Minev
  • 22NedelevSubstituted forAleksandrovat 67'minutes
  • 21DyakovBooked at 85mins
  • 15Chochev
  • 17Milanov
  • 10PopovSubstituted forRangelovat 71'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 19MicanskiBooked at 56mins

Substitutes

  • 2Bandalovski
  • 4Terziev
  • 7Aleksandrov
  • 8Rangelov
  • 9Hristov
  • 11Manolev
  • 13Makendzhiev
  • 16Ivanov
  • 18Slavchev
  • 20Tonev
  • 23Zlatinski
Referee:
Sergey Karasev

Match Stats

Home TeamItalyAway TeamBulgaria
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home22
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home7
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, Italy 1, Bulgaria 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Italy 1, Bulgaria 0.

Marco Parolo (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dimitar Rangelov (Bulgaria).

Corner, Bulgaria. Conceded by Gianluigi Buffon.

Attempt saved. Georgi Milanov (Bulgaria) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Mihail Aleksandrov.

Attempt blocked. Éder (Italy) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Giorgio Chiellini.

Attempt missed. Leonardo Bonucci (Italy) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Alessandro Florenzi with a cross following a set piece situation.

Éder (Italy) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ivan Bandalovski (Bulgaria).

Substitution

Substitution, Italy. Éder replaces Antonio Candreva.

Booking

Svetoslav Dyakov (Bulgaria) is shown the yellow card.

Marco Verratti (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Svetoslav Dyakov (Bulgaria).

Offside, Italy. Marco Verratti tries a through ball, but Simone Zaza is caught offside.

Leonardo Bonucci (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dimitar Rangelov (Bulgaria).

Marco Parolo (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Svetoslav Dyakov (Bulgaria).

Foul by Simone Zaza (Italy).

Nikolay Bodurov (Bulgaria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Dimitar Rangelov (Bulgaria) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alessandro Florenzi (Italy) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dimitar Rangelov (Bulgaria).

Marco Verratti (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Bulgaria).

Foul by Matteo Darmian (Italy).

Mihail Aleksandrov (Bulgaria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Simone Zaza (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mihail Aleksandrov (Bulgaria).

Substitution

Substitution, Italy. Alessandro Florenzi replaces Stephan El Shaarawy.

Substitution

Substitution, Italy. Simone Zaza replaces Graziano Pellè.

Substitution

Substitution, Bulgaria. Dimitar Rangelov replaces Ivelin Popov.

Marco Parolo (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Georgi Milanov (Bulgaria).

Foul by Leonardo Bonucci (Italy).

Ivelin Popov (Bulgaria) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Matteo Darmian (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Veselin Minev (Bulgaria).

Substitution

Substitution, Bulgaria. Mihail Aleksandrov replaces Todor Nedelev.

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