Italy’s 1-0 win over Israel in numbers

Italy’s 1-0 win over Israel in numbers

The Azzurri overcame Israel 1-0 yesterday evening in Reggio Emilia, taking a decisive step towards the qualification play-offs for the World Cup in Russia 2018. Here is a recap of Tuesday’s game through numbers and statistics as powered by Opta.

  • Sixth National Team goal for Ciro Immobile, who is now the top Italian goalscorer under coach Gian Piero Ventura.
  • Three of Immobile’s six goals have been assisted by Antonio Candreva.
  • Fourth Italy victory in as many games against Israel in World Cup qualifiers.
  • The Azzurri remain unbeaten at home in World Cup qualifiers: 46 wins and seven draws from 53 games.
  • Italy have kept a clean-sheet in six of their last eight official matches.
  • Daniele De Rossi played his 116th game for the National Team, reaching Andrea Pirlo as the fourth-most capped player for the Azzurri.
  • De Rossi made 159 passes on Tuesday evening, which is a record for any Italy player during World Cup qualifying.
  • Italy had 26 shots against Israel and only during the two games against Liechtenstein have they had more during this phase of qualifying.
  • Racking up a total of 71 percent possession against Israel, Italy have not gained a higher percentage during any other qualification game for Russia 2018.
  • Matteo Darmian made a total of 11 crosses on Monday, which is the highest of any Azzurri player during their recent World Cup qualifiers.
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