Italy’s Andrea Belotti and Manuel Locatelli secured a 2-0 win over Bulgaria on Sunday to make it two wins from two in Group C at the start of their side’s 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Italy struggled to break down the host in the first half despite dominating possession but took the lead with a penalty won and converted by Belotti two minutes before the break.

There were few second-half chances, but the visitor put the seal on a fifth successive win – without conceding in that run – eight minutes from time thanks to Locatelli’s fine finish.


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Italy will aim to continue its 100 per cent start on Wednesday when it travels to Lithuania while Bulgaria, which has now lost its first two matches, visits Northern Ireland next.

“There are no easy games,” said Italy coach Roberto Mancini. “We always think we can win but…

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