European Championship Qualifying - Group H
ItalyItaly1BulgariaBulgaria0
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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Italy 1, Bulgaria 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Italy 1, Bulgaria 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Dimitar Rangelov (Bulgaria).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Bulgaria. Conceded by Gianluigi Buffon.

  6. Post update

    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.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    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.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ivan Bandalovski (Bulgaria).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Italy. Éder replaces Antonio Candreva.

  12. Booking

    Svetoslav Dyakov (Bulgaria) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Svetoslav Dyakov (Bulgaria).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Dimitar Rangelov (Bulgaria).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Svetoslav Dyakov (Bulgaria).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Simone Zaza (Italy).