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Italy puts scandal-ridden week behind it to beat Malta 4-0 in Euro 2024 qualifying
Italy has put a scandal-ridden week behind it to beat Malta 4-0 in a European Championship qualifier
Italy put a scandal-ridden week behind it to beat Malta 4-0 in their European Championship qualifier on Saturday.
Giacomo Bonaventura set Italy on its way with his first goal for the Azzurri and Domenico Berardi ended his goal drought in style with a goal in each half. Substitute Davide Frattesi netted in stoppage time to continue his scoring streak.
Italy moved to within three points of Group C leader England, which it plays on Tuesday at Wembley. Ukraine, which has played a match more, was level on points with Italy after beating North Macedonia 2-0.
Italy’s preparations for the match in Bari had been interrupted midweek when police questioned Sandro Tonali and Nicolò Zaniolo at the national team’s Coverciano training center in a betting investigation. The Premier League players later left the camp.