Ventura: Win most important

Italy boss Giampiero Ventura said his side could have scored many more goals against Liechtenstein in their World Cup qualifier, but was content with their 4-0 victory.

Andrea Belotti netted a brace, with Ciro Immobile and Antonio Candreva also both on target in a one-sided match at the Rheinpark Stadion in Vaduz on Saturday.

All four goals came in the first half, however, with Ventura admitting it could have been a much higher score if they had taken their chances.

And with Spain having beaten Liechtenstein 8-0 in a previous qualifying match, Italy had to settle for second place in Group G, behind Spain on goal difference.

Ventura told Rai: "The results of the other sides are irrelevant. If we stopped to count, we could have doubled our tally with the chances we created.

"But I repeat what I said before, which was that the important thing was to win. I am satisfied with the performance.

"The first half was good, as we scored four goals and had at least four other clear-cut chances. 

"In the second half there was great concentration, we needed just a fifth goal to spark the enthusiasm again, but during breaks in play you could see six of us in the opposition area and that says everything about the attitude.

"Everyone worked hard and we scored some fine goals."

Up next for Italy is a friendly encounter against Germany at the San Siro on Tuesday.

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