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Italy records biggest win since 1948
    2019-11-20  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

ITALY achieved its biggest win in 70 years by beating Armenia 9-1 Monday in its final qualifier for Euro 2020. The result was Italy’s biggest win since a 9-0 result against the United States in 1948.

Italy had already wrapped up qualification from Group J but the side saved its best for last, making it 10 wins from 10 by hammering Armenia 9-1 in Palermo with seven different scorers.

Serie A top scorer Ciro Immobile and Nicolo Zaniolo both scored braces, while Nicolo Barella and Alessio Romagnoli found the net before Chelsea midfielder Jorginho converted a penalty.

Riccardo Orsolini came off the bench to score in his Italy debut and Federico Chiesa finished off the scoring after Edgar Babayan had pulled one back for Armenia.

Meanwhile, Denmark and Switzerland secured spots at Euro 2020 at the expense of the Republic of Ireland.

Ireland needed to beat Denmark in Dublin to clinch qualification for next year’s 24-team European Championship finals, but Matt Doherty’s late header was only enough to earn Mick McCarthy’s men a 1-1 draw at Aviva Stadium.

A closely-fought contest, low on technical quality, swung the visitors’ way when the unmarked Martin Braithwaite stuck out a boot to divert a Henrik Dalsgaard cross into the net on 73 minutes.

However, Ireland scored a late equalizer to draw 1-1 in Copenhagen in June and they repeated the feat here as Wolverhampton Wanderers right-back Doherty headed in an Enda Stevens cross with five minutes left.

Needing to win, the home side then threw everything at their opponents in the dying moments, but Denmark held on to clinch second place in Group D behind Switzerland.

The Danes, European champions in 1992, can now look forward to playing at home during the finals, with Copenhagen one of the 12 host cities chosen for the tournament.

Switzerland secured the top spot with a 6-1 away win against minnows Gibraltar as Cedric Itten scored twice. Skipper and Arsenal outcast Granit Xhaka netted their final goal.

Having wrapped up a historic first qualification for a major tournament three days earlier, Finland lost 2-1 to Greece in Athens despite Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki giving them a first-half lead with his 10th goal in eight international games.

Bosnia and Herzegovina finish fourth in the group despite a 3-0 win in Liechtenstein, but they will have another chance to qualify via the playoffs next March.

Group F winner Spain rounded out its qualifying campaign with a 5-0 destruction of Romania at a barely half-full Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid.

Gerard Moreno scored twice after Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz opened the scoring. Adrian Rus put through his own net in first-half stoppage time and Real Sociedad striker Mikel Oyarzabal wrapped up the win amid reports the match was Robert Moreno’s last as coach.

Having already qualified as runner-up in the same group, Sweden defeated the Faroe Islands 3-0, while Norway won 2-1 in Malta.(SD-Agencies)

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