Bright Bonaventura and Berardi lead Azzurri comfortably past Malta

Giacomo Bonaventura and Domenico Berardi starred for the Italy Men's National Team as they earned an emphatic victory against Malta in their 2024 European Championship qualifier.


Giacomo Bonaventura made a superb comeback to the Italy Men’s National Team, scoring the opening goal as the Azzurri went on to register a comfortable 4-0 victory over Malta at the Stadio San Nicola in Bari. The win takes the Italians to equal second place with Ukraine in Group C of 2024 European Championship qualifiers

Domenico Berardi also produced an excellent performance on the right wing for Italy, and the Sassuolo forward found the back of the net twice in Puglia.

As expected, the Azzurri dominated from the first whistle, and Gianluca Mancini was unfortunate not to open the scoring when his header at hit the crossbar. It took the Italians 22 minutes to open the scoring when Bonaventura pounced on a loose ball, cutted in, and successfully got a shot off.

Domenico Berardi celebrates scoring for the Italy Men’s National Team. (@Azzurri)

Berardi doubled Italy’s advantage just before the break with a textbook strike of his, and he made it 3-0 with a finish from his non-preferred right foot in the 63rd minute after some excellent work from Giacomo Raspadori on the left wing.

Substitute Davide Frattesi added the fourth in injury time with a low strike that went in at the near post.

Bonaventura becomes oldest player to score first goal for Italy

Giacomo Bonaventura celebrates scoring for the Italy Men’s National Team. (@Azzurri)

Bonaventura was a surprise selection in the Italy squad by coach Luciano Spalletti considering his age, but the Fiorentina midfielder has been in impressive form for his club at the beginning of this Serie A season. With four goals already to his name for La Viola, Bonaventura has never had a better start to a season in front of goal in his career.

His form at club level has been that of someone in the prime of his career and he is showing that he can still perform on the international stage. The Fiorentina midfielder became the oldest Italian to score his first international goal at 34 years and 53 days of age against Malta.

Having started his career as a winger, Bonaventura‘s transformation into a central midfielder has prolonged his career and given him the opportunity to make a remarkable return to the national team.


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