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Italy put nine past Armenia to finish with perfect record

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Italy put nine past Armenia to finish with perfect record
Soccer Football - Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group J - Italy v Armenia - Stadio Renzo Barbera, Palermo, Italy - November 18, 2019 Italy's Riccardo Orsolini celebrates scoring their eighth goal with teammate Federico Chiesa REUTERS/Ciro De Luca   -   Copyright  CIRO DE LUCA(Reuters)

PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) – Italy thumped hapless Armenia 9-1 on Monday to complete their Euro 2020 qualifying group with a perfect record and extend their record-breaking run to 11 successive international wins.

Twenty-year-old Nicolo Zaniolo scored a brace, his first international goals, while Ciro Immobile also scored twice as Italy, already qualified, completed Group J with 30 points from their 10 games.

Italy also beat the United States in a friendly before the group stage began and their winning run is the longest in their 109-year history.

Armenia finished fifth with 10 points and were eliminated as they have cannot qualify through the playoffs.

(Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Ken Ferris)