Andrea Belotti scored twice to give Italy a 3-1 win against Armenia in a Euro 2020 qualifier in the Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium on Thursday September 5th.
Aleksandre Karapetian scored the lead for the host team in the 13th minute, but Belotti equalised in the 28th minute, before Karapetian was harshly sent off for a second booking late in the first half.
Lorenzo Pelligrini scored the second goal for Italia in the 77th minute, then Belotti snatched the match with a third goal 10 minutes before the end.
Leaders Italy maintained their 100% record in the group with 15 points from five games while Armenia, 3-2 winners over Greece in their previous match, are third with six points.
"Their sending-off made it difficult for us as they closed up their defence," said Italy coach Roberto Mancini.
"Today it was difficult to play: our players have two league games under their belts, Armenia are in mid-season. It's not an excuse, it's the truth”, added Mancini.