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San Paolo (ATT 60,240) 15th October 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: Michael Oliver

Italy Italy vs Armenia Armenia

Italy 2

A Florenzi (25)
M Balotelli (76)

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Armenia 2

Y Movsisyan (5)
H Mkhitaryan (70)

World Cup qualifiers: Italy draw 2-2 with Armenia in Naples

Last Updated: 15/10/13 11:49pm

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Mario Balotelli: Scored for Italy

Mario Balotelli: Scored for Italy

Substitute Mario Balotelli struck a late equaliser as Group B winners Italy ended their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-2 draw against Armenia in Naples.

Yura Movsisyan put Armenia ahead in the fourth minute before Alessandro Florenzi pulled the hosts, who booked their place in Brazil last month, level midway through the first half.

Armenia goalkeeper Roman Berezovsky made good saves to deny the Italians the lead early in the second half before Henrikh Mkhitaryan put the visitors back in front in the 70th minute.

Balotelli, who missed last week's 2-2 draw in Denmark with a dose of flu, came to the rescue six minutes later to earn Italy a deserved point.

Cesare Prandelli's men have finished the qualifying campaign with 22 points after winning six of their 10 games.

However, the result means Italy could miss out on being a top seed in the World Cup draw.

Armenia, meanwhile, finished in fifth place with 13 points.

The visitors went into the encounter at the Stadio San Paolo needing to win to stand any chance of reaching the play-offs.

They enjoyed a great start and went in front when Alberto Aquilani's poor clearance fell to Movsisyan, who beat goalkeeper Federico Marchetti from 12 yards.

Italy almost equalised midway through the first half when Lorenzo Insigne's powerful shot struck the far post with Berezovsky already beaten.

The Neapolitan Insigne continued to terrorise the Armenia defence and in the 24th minute, his perfect cross towards the far post found Florenzi who nodded the ball past Berezovsky.

But on the stroke of half-time, Berezovsky kept out Insigne's stinging drive from just outside the area.

Balotelli replaced Southampton forward Pablo Osvaldo early in the second half.

It was the visitors that had the first opportunity after the restart when Mkhitaryan got his head behind Aras Ozbiliz 's cross, but his effort was saved by Marchetti.

On the hour mark, Insigne fed Balotelli and his 25-yard attempt was kept out by Berezovsky.

The visiting keeper then made another good save to clear Insigne's powerful strike to safety.

Just when the home side were playing at their best, Armenia went back in front, Mkhitaryan getting past his marker before heading Gevorg Ghazaryan's cross beyond Marchetti.

Italy soon drew level when Andrea Pirlo fed Balotelli in the box and he fired the ball towards the top-left corner where Berezovsky could not reach it.

The hosts continued to press forward and seconds from time, Berezovsky kept out one last effort from Insigne.

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  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Tue 15th Oct - Group E
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    Tue 15th Oct - Group G
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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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