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Italy Secure Play-Off Spot

2018 World Cup Qualifier Report: Albania v Italy 09 October 2017

By SL International - Oct 09, 2017 10:46 PM

2018 World Cup Qualifier

Result: Albania 0-1 Italy

Date: 09 October 2017

Venue: Stadiumi Loro Boriçi 

A second-half goal from Antonio Candreva secured a 1-0 win for Italy over Albania on Monday night.
 
Italy finished second in their group and will go into the play-off match to secure qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
 
Christian Panucci's men started impressively, putting the Azzurri under pressure in the opening ten minutes. 
 
After half-an-hour, the match was still goalless with Giampiero Ventura's struggling to create clear-cut chances.
 
The visitors were playing on the counter-attack and striker Ciro Immobile had a penalty shout in the 40th minute, but his appeal was turned down by the referee. 
 
The Azzurri were disjointed going forward and Ventura had a lot of work to in the dressing room at halftime, as they went into the break scoreless.
 
On the hour mark, Immobile latched on to a knockdown in the box and fired at goal from a tight angle but his effort sailed over the bar. 
 
Antonio Candreva finally broke the deadlock for the Azzurri in the 73rd minute with a close finish inside the box following a mistake by the hosts, 0-1.
 
Ventura's troops gained momentum and came alive going into the final 10 minutes of the half.
 
However, the Italians managed to see out the closing stages to secure a win and their spot in the play-offs.
 


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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Oct 10, 2017 11:50 AM
Come to the world cup italy is one of the contenders to win along with germany argentine france and spain
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Ashlezo wa Lesele Oct 10, 2017 12:00 AM
4 times World Champions will be in Russia 2018 after play offs.. Forza Azzurri
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Tshepo_ZA Oct 09, 2017 11:17 PM
Buffon is forever playing, when is he retiring
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Masina S Maduna Oct 09, 2017 04:12 PM
Away win
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cija aka return Oct 09, 2017 01:13 PM
Draw

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