Aina Torino's teammate scores as Italy beat Armenia

Europe By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 05/09/2019

Ola Aina Torino teammate Andrea Belotti scores as Italy beat Armenia 3-1 to maintained their perfect start to Euro 2020 qualifying at Republican Stadium, Vazgen Sargsyan on Thursday evening.

Alexander Karapetian opens the scoring for the home side 11 minutes into the encounter but Belotti level it up for the Azurri in the 28 minutes after Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri turned a defender inside out on the left and swept in the ideal cross for Torino striker to tap in at the back post.

Moments later, it was almost 2-1 for Italy after Juventus winger Federico Bernardeschi’s curler clipped the top of the crossbar with Airapetyan rooted to the spot but Armenia was reduced to 10 men when the goalscorer Karapetian booked for that row with PSG midfielder Marco Verratti and received a second yellow card for a supposed elbow on Leonardo Bonucci.

However, substitute Lorenzo Pellegrini put Italy ahead of the first time in the 78 minutes, when Roma star turned it around Juventus center-back Bonucci’s long ball into the box found him unmarked for a glancing header from 10 yards and scored his first senior goal.

Moments later, it was 3-1, the same result as Italy’s only other trip to Armenia in 2012. Belotti gathered a Sensi through ball, turned between two defenders and the shot bounced off the inside of the near post, ricocheting in off the goalkeeper’s shoulder.