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Italy vs San Marino. International Match.

Carlo Castellani.

Italy 8

  • G Lapadula (10th minute, 19th minute, 49th minute)
  • G Ferrari (13th minute)
  • A Petagna (16th minute)
  • M Caldara (48th minute)
  • M Politano (58th minute)
  • G Bonini (65th minute own goal)

San Marino 0

    Italy 8-0 San Marino: Gianluca Lapadula hat-trick inspires new-look Italians

    EMPOLI, ITALY - MAY 31:  Gianluca Lapadula of Italy #9 celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the international friendy match played between Ital
    Image: Gianluca Lapadula celebrates the first of his three goals against San Marino

    Gianluca Lapadula scored a hat-trick as a new-look Italy team thrashed their enclaved neighbours San Marino 8-0.

    At 27-years-old, the AC Milan striker was among the oldest players in an experimental side given an opportunity by Azzurri boss Giampiero Ventura to prove their worth ahead of bigger tests to come.

    Lapadula both opened the scoring and ensured Italy went into the break at Empoli's Stadio Carlo Castellani 4-0 up after Gian Marco Ferrari and Andrea Petagna notched their first senior goals.

    Atalanta's star defender Mattia Caldara, who will join Juventus in July 2018, got the ball rolling in the second half with a headed goal on his Italy debut, with Lapadula sealing his treble with a clever chip.

    Substitute Matteo Politano of Sassuolo also marked his maiden Italy appearance with a goal, this one scored from close range, and there was time for further embarrassment for San Marino as Giovanni Bonini put through his own net.

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    EMPOLI, ITALY - MAY 31:  Gianluca Lapadula of Italy #9 celebrates after scoring the sixth goal during the international friendy match played between Italy
    Image: A new-look Italy ran riot against their lowly opponents

    Italy next tackle Uruguay at the Allianz Riviera in Nice before facing Liechtenstein in a World Cup qualifying match in Udine on June 11.

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