Ciro Immobile struck the only goal as Italy beat the visiting Israel side to take a significant step towards securing a World Cup play-off place.

Italy put forward an underwhelming performance after their defeat against Spain but they now need only one point to secure a top-two finish in Group G following a 1-0 win over Israel in Reggio Emilia. Even before the match began, it was quite obvious that Italy would end up winning fairly easily.

Despite the drubbing against Spain, the Italians were faced with a far simpler task back on home turf as they aimed to tighten their grip on a play-off place, eventually doing so through Ciro Immobile. Although Israel lacked Spain’s quality, they were able to match Italy in terms of energy for a good chunk of the game  and even looked threatening.

However, even though this match looked easy on paper, Israel did make the home side work for the victory. Moreover, Gian Piero Ventura’s men did not win this game as easily as they should have – which does seem like a worrisome prospect at this stage. THT takes a look at some of the best tweets about the match:

Although they expressed their thoughts over the lack of activity by Italy on the field, users were also quick to praise the likes of Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne.

Meanwhile, some fans also pitched in their thoughts about Candreva. They appeared to be divided on his performance despite him providing a brilliant assist which led to Immobile’s goal.

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