AZERBAIJAN v ITALY Baku National Stadium,Bakcell Arena Saturday 10th October, 2015, 16:00 GMT  *** Italy play away against Azerbaijan on Saturday in their Euro 2016 Group H qualifier, knowing a win would book their place at the Euros next year in France. The Azzurri are on top of their group with 18 points after eight games while Azerbaijan are second-last on six points. Antonio Conte’s team won their last qualifier 1-0 against Bulgaria while Robert Prosinecki’s side drew 2-2 with Malta. Italy won their previous encounter with Azerbaijan 2-1 at the Stadio Renzo Barbera in Palermo last year with Giorgio Chiellini contributing to all three goals. The Juventus defender scored both of the Azzurri goals as well as an own goal. The Italians have never lost a match against Azerbaijan. In addition to the 2-1 win from October 2014, the Azzurri won 2-0 in Baku and 4-0 in Reggio Calabria in the Euro 2004 Qualifiers. To make things harder for Azerbaijan, […]

Giorgio Chiellini scored a brace for Italy and an own goal as the Azzurri survived late drama to beat Group H minnows Azerbaijan 2-1 on Friday in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. Simone Zaza and Ciro Immobile started upfront while Marco Veratti, Thiago Motta, Daniele De Rossi and Pablo Osvaldo all pulled out with injuries. Andrea Pirlo got his 113th international cap to jump to the third place in the all-time list for appearances ahead of 1982 World Cup winning captain Dino Zoff. Italy continued their winning streak under new coach Antonio Conte at the Stadio Barbera in Palermo and recorded three consecutive wins for the first time since October 2012. “In all honesty, I have little to complain about, other than the fact the players weren’t determined enough in front of goal,” Conte told Rai Sport after the game. “Azerbaijan didn’t have a shot other than the goal and scored out of nowhere with that bundle over the line. We […]