Italy stretched its undefeated streak to 24 matches with a 2-0 win over Bulgaria in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, the Azzurri’s second successive victory in this campaign.
Italy defeated Northern Ireland 2-0 in the first match, and coach Roberto Mancini made some changes to the starting lineup on Sunday, with Andrea Belotti, Stefano Sensi, and Federico Chiesa filling in, according to Xinhua.
The four-star dominated from the outset but couldn’t reach the net until the 42nd minute when Belotti was brought down in the box and the Torino striker scored the penalty on his own.
Belotti should have had a hat trick in the 72nd minute when he lobbed the ball into the upright and then blasted it over.
The Azzurri scored with perfect coordination in the 82nd minute when Marco Verratti’s clever back-heeled pass reached Lorenzo Insigne, who pulled back for substitute Manuel Locatelli to curl into the net, his first goal at the senior level.
Italy leads Group C with six points, while Switzerland, which also defeated Lithuania 1-0 on Sunday, is second on goal difference.