A win was enough for the team of Antonio Conte would join the rest of already qualified: Austria, Czech Republic, England, France, Iceland, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. The last time Italy did not reach the finals was in Sweden 1992 and, by the institution of his opponent, seemed to advance that had every chance of winning against the men of Robert Prosinecki.
Without the injured Andrea Pirlo without Lorenzo Insigne, one of the victims in training this week, without the suspended Daniele De Rossi, Conte was without three key players in their scheme to tackle could be the last game in the that Italy would play something.
Marco Parolo Conte used as spare parts and Candreva Pirlo and De Rossi and Italy had no trouble mastering all game. Just he granted a reprieve to Azerbaijan, that only with failure Giorgio Chiellini could hold something over 90 minutes.
But before that mistake, Eder Martins made 11 minutes the first goal of the match in good care after taking advantage of Marco Verratti. Italian naturalized Brazilian striker took very good pass from teammate to beat in a duel to Kamram Agayev.
Then, Italy relaxed for a few minutes. With the 0-1, I had everything done, they hope, delayed their lines and began to speculate on the outcome. Later, he would learn from that failure and after the equalizer, Dimitrij Nazarov work after two consecutive errors Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, he never returned to play with the score.
Stephan El Shaarawy was responsible for stirring at Azerbaijan defense before scoring the second goal rondo with two shots that were about to overtake Italy. In the end, the third time was the charm and a combination Candreva and Eder took the Monaco player to advance to their selection right on the edge of the rest.
Azerbaijan, mortally wounded after the goal El Shaarawy, returned to more anxious and less effective than in the first half field. Italy was to kill off the shock and succeeded on his second shot. The first, Eder, it took the posts Rashad Sadygov, and the second from Darmian from outside the area into the goal over Azerbaijan.
65 and 25 minutes before I was and all the work done, Italy relaxed to enjoy what will be his ninth consecutive European Championship and sixth. In France, will attempt to win a title that eludes him since 1968 when he won the final against Yugoslavia in a team who led Luigi Riva, Sandro Mazzola and Dino Zoff.