14 Oct Italy 4-0 Malta (Oct 14, 2023) Game Analysis – ESPN
Giacomo Bonaventura opened the scoring after 23 minutes, netting his first international goal with a skilful right-foot curler into the top corner from just inside the penalty area.
Berardi increased Italy’s lead with a left-foot curler just before half-time and added his second goal in the 64th minute with a precise finish from a cut-back.
In the closing moments, Davide Frattesi scored the final goal of the night, skilfully slotting a low shot from the edge of the area into the bottom corner.
Italy now sit second in the standings, ahead on goal difference of Ukraine, who earlier on Saturday won 2-0 against North Macedonia. Both teams have 10 points but Italy have a match in hand. England top the group with 13 points.
England host Italy in their next qualifier on Tuesday.