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Italy Makes Hard Work of Lowly Malta

Southampton striker Graziano Pellè scored on his Italy debut as the Azzurri narrowly beat European minnow Malta, 1-0, on Monday. The win, coach Antonio Conte’s fourth in as many matches, may have been unconvincing -- especially against 10 men—but Conte insisted that the lack of goals came down to poor finishing mixed with some bad luck. “The result was good,” the former Juventus manager said. “We should certainly have done more in attack, but we hit the woodwork four times. We can do better and I am convinced having nine points in the table should give us confidence."

Italy is currently second in Euro 2016 qualifying Group H, level on points with Croatia with nine points from three games, but with an inferior goal difference. Group leader Croatia will be Italy’s next opponent on Nov 15.

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