Italy’s 5-0 demolition of Lithuania Not only their world record – 37 games unbeaten – Giacomo Raspadori and Moise Kean extended another Italian milestone.
The two strikers, both 20 years old, managed to hit the net in Wednesday night’s victory. Raspadori scored one goal and Kean scored twice, which means it will be the first time two players born after the turn of the millennium have scored in a single game for Gli Azzurri.
The strikers were both born in February 2000, with Raspadori being just over a week older than new Juventus man Kean. The fact that both young strikers impressed wasn’t a shock for coach Roberto Mancini. The Azzurri coach proved once again that he actually has alternative punch options after the much maligned Ciro Immobile came under even more pressure from his recent performances.
“Kean and Raspadori did well and it was important for them to get on the scorers list,” Mancini said in his post-game press conference.
“This evening [Wednesday] it was important to have won this match with the young boys, especially in the first half ”.
Mancini went on to highlight his front three of Kean, Raspadori and Federico Bernardeschi for their performance and potency in goal.
“How did the first three fare? They are all young and technically great. They just have to play and I hope they do it for their respective clubs.
“Today the first four shots we all had hit the net. In the last few games we had 9-10 shots and none of them went in. This is soccer.
“The game itself wasn’t easy. Switzerland also played Lithuania at home and only managed a 1-0 win, so it wasn’t easy. Now we have to beat the Swiss at home ”.