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International Friendly: Francesco Caputo Scores on Debut to Help Italy Thrash Moldova 6-0

Italy and Moldova (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Italy and Moldova (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Francesco Caputo became the oldest debutant to score for Italy as they beat Moldova 6-0 in an international friendly.

Francesco Caputo became the oldest debutant to score for Italy as he helped the Azzurri beat Moldova 6-0 in an international friendly match on Wednesday.

Stephan El Shaarawy scored twice while Bryan Cristante and Domenico Berardi also netted their first international goals for Italy, which was 5-0 up at the interval after a first-half onslaught.

Roberto Mancini fielded an experimental Italy side ahead of the Nations League matches against Poland and the Netherlands on Oct. 11 and 14.

Caputo became the second oldest player to make his debut for the Azzurri at 33 years, 62 days and the Sassuolo forward scored Italys second goal in the 23rd minute, racing onto a through ball from Cristiano Biraghi and coolly slotting it past Moldova goalkeeper Alexei Koelev.

Italy had taken the lead five minutes earlier when Cristante headed in a corner at the near post.

Cristante was also involved in Italys third goal, floating a ball over the top for El Shaarawy to control and fire in from a tight angle.

The 27-year-old El Shaarawy, who plays for Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League, was making his first appearance for Italy in nearly a year.

Caputo almost got a second but as he was about to shoot, Moldova defender Veaceslav Posmac tried to clear the ball but instead kicked it into his own net.

El Shaarawy doubled his tally on the stroke of halftime as he beat a Moldova defender to get the final touch on Manuel Lazzaris lobbed effort over the goalkeeper.

Italy had further chances in the second half before Berardi netted his maiden international goal, volleying in Vincenzo Grifos low cross at the back post.


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