SHAFAQNA – Southampton striker Graziano Pelle scored on his debut as Italy maintained their 100 per cent start in qualifying for Euro 2016. Pelle put Italy ahead in the 23rd minute when he poked the ball home after Pasqual’s header had sparked a goalmouth scramble.
Five minutes later Malta were reduced to 10 men after captain Michael Mifsud was shown a straight red card for a foul on Alessandro Florenzi.
Italy were also reduced to 10 men when Leonardo Bonucci was sent off in 78th minute for a foul on Malta’s Andre Schembri.
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Graziano Pelle scores the winner for Italy in the Euro 2016 Group H qualifier against Malta
Pelle (17) celebrates scoring in the 23rd minute against Malta at the National Stadium in Ta’ Qali, near Valletta
Southampton striker Pelle scored on his debut for the Azzurri on Monday night
Italy striker Pelle, right, beats Malta goalkeeper Andrew Hogg, left, but his header went wide
Italy coach Italy Antonio Conte shows off his skills during the Euro 2016 tie in Malta
Italy’s Leonardo Bonucci received a straight red card from referee Alexandru Tudor