European Championship Qualifying - Group H
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Euro 2016 qualifiers: Azerbaijan 1-3 Italy

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Sampdoria striker Eder netted the opener for Italy

Italy qualified for Euro 2016 and kept up their unbeaten Group H record with victory over Azerbaijan in Baku.

The Italians went ahead when Sampdoria striker Eder slotted in from Marco Verratti's superb pass.

Azerbaijan equalised through Dmitri Nazarov's low, first-time strike, but Italy regained the lead as Stephan El Shaarawy tapped in from close range.

Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian hit a third, and Azeri defender Badavi Huseynov was sent off late on.

Having failed to make it through to Sweden in 1992, Italy - runners-up in 2000 and 2012 - have now qualified for six consecutive Euro tournaments.

Norway and Croatia will battle it out for second spot, after beating Malta and Bulgaria respectively.

The Norwegians are away to Italy in their final group game on Tuesday, while Croatia face a trip to Malta.

Group H

Line-ups

Azerbaijan

  • 1Aghayev
  • 5MedvedevBooked at 90mins
  • 3HuseynovBooked at 88mins
  • 14Sadiqov
  • 21Dasdamirov
  • 2Garayev
  • 22IsmayilovSubstituted forMirzabayovat 90+1'minutes
  • 8Pascual IsrafilovSubstituted forSadiqovat 66'minutes
  • 19Amirguliyev
  • 13Nazarov
  • 10QurbanovSubstituted forEratat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Pashaev
  • 6Sadiqov
  • 9Mammadov
  • 11Erat
  • 12Mammadov
  • 15Abisov
  • 16Quliyev
  • 17Jafarov
  • 18Hajiyev
  • 20Mirzabayov
  • 23Nazirov

Italy

  • 1Buffon
  • 4Darmian
  • 19Bonucci
  • 3Chiellini
  • 2De Sciglio
  • 6CandrevaSubstituted forMontolivoat 88'minutes
  • 10Verratti
  • 16Parolo
  • 14El ShaarawySubstituted forFlorenziat 74'minutes
  • 9Pellè
  • 17ÉderSubstituted forGiovincoat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Florenzi
  • 7Zaza
  • 8Soriano
  • 11Bonaventura
  • 12Sirigu
  • 13Padelli
  • 15Barzagli
  • 18Montolivo
  • 20Giovinco
  • 21Bertolacci
  • 22Santon
  • 23Quagliarella
Referee:
William Collum

Match Stats

Home TeamAzerbaijanAway TeamItaly
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home10
Away17
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Azerbaijan 1, Italy 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Azerbaijan 1, Italy 3.

  3. Booking

    Maksim Medvedev (Azerbaijan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Maksim Medvedev (Azerbaijan).

  5. Post update

    Sebastian Giovinco (Italy) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Mohammed Mirzabayov (Azerbaijan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Sebastian Giovinco (Italy).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Azerbaijan. Mohammed Mirzabayov replaces Afran Ismayilov.

  9. Post update

    Dimitrij Nazarov (Azerbaijan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Leonardo Bonucci (Italy).

  11. Post update

    Sebastian Giovinco (Italy) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Italy. Riccardo Montolivo replaces Antonio Candreva.

  13. Dismissal

    Badavi Huseynov (Azerbaijan) is shown the red card.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Badavi Huseynov (Azerbaijan).

  15. Post update

    Sebastian Giovinco (Italy) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Dimitrij Nazarov (Azerbaijan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Marco Parolo (Italy).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Arif Dasdamirov (Azerbaijan).

  19. Post update

    Antonio Candreva (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rasad A. Sadiqov (Azerbaijan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rasad F. Sadiqov.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Iceland96211751220
2Czech Rep96121612419
3Turkey9432139415
4Netherlands94141511413
5Latvia9054618-125
6Kazakhstan9027618-122

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium96212141720
2Wales953194518
3Bos-Herze94231410414
4Israel94141511413
5Cyprus94051414012
6Andorra9009434-300

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain98012231924
2Slovakia9612136719
3Ukraine96121431119
4Belarus9315814-610
5Luxembourg9117423-194
6North Macedonia9108618-123

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany96122281419
2Poland95313192218
3R. of Ireland95311851318
4Scotland93331612412
5Georgia9306914-59
6Gibraltar9009250-480

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England99002832527
2Switzerland96032381518
3Slovenia94141611513
4Estonia931548-410
5Lithuania9315715-810
6San Marino9018134-331

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northern Ireland9621157820
2Romania945082617
3Hungary944185316
4Finland932489-111
5Faroe Islands9207614-86
6Greece9036311-83

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Austria98101951425
2Russia95221951417
3Sweden9432139415
4Montenegro93241011-111
5Liechtenstein9126223-215
6Moldova9027414-102

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy9630146821
2Norway9612128419
3Croatia95311951417
4Bulgaria9225712-58
5Azerbaijan9135716-96
6Malta9027315-122

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portugal760194518
2Denmark833285312
3Albania732275211
4Serbia7214711-44
5Armenia7025511-62
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