Italy beat Estonia 3-0 to atop group at Euro qualifier

15:47, June 04, 2011      

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Italy's Giampaolo Pazzini (2nd R) celebrates after scoring against Estonia during their Euro 2012 Group C qualifying soccer match at the Braglia stadium in Modena June 3, 2011. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Italy beat minnows Estonia 3- 0 on Friday to remain a five-point advantage in Euro 2012 Group C as they moved closer to a place at the finals.

The Azzurri's new striking partners Giuseppe Rossi and Antonio Cassano did not wait too long before scoring in the 21st and 39th minutes, and gave the hosts a comfortable 2-0 lead before break.

Giampaolo Pazzini came off the bench in the second half to score Italy's third goal in the 68th minute.

This is Italy's fifth win in their six competitive matches under coach Cesare Prandelli, and now they garnered 16 points ahead of second-placed Slovenia.

Source: Xinhua


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