Fabio Quagliarella became the oldest ever player to score for Italy as the 36- year – old converted two penalties in a crushing 6 – 0 Euro 2020 qualifying win by the Azzurri over Liechtenstein on Tuesday.
Italy top Group J with six points after beating Finland 2 – 0 in Udine on Saturday with goals from Nicolo Barella and Moise Kean .
Bosnia threw away a two – goal lead to draw 2 – 2 with Greece and both are behind Italy on four points followed by Finland on three .
“Mission accomplished , ” said Italy coach Roberto Mancini . “ The result was obvious, but it was important that we score goals . ”
Top Serie A scorer Quagliarella converted a penalty after 35 minutes , adding a second, also from the spot , just before the break .
The Sampdoria player becomes the oldest player ever to score for Italy aged 36 years and 54 days , overtaking Christian Panucci , who scored aged 35 years in 2008 .
Stefano Sensi had headed Italy in front after 17 minutes with Marco Verratti adding a second after 32 minutes .
Kean , 19, nodded in his second Italy goal on 69 minutes with substitute Leonardo Pavoletti , 30, who got his first Italy start in the second half to replace Quagliarella , adding a sixth , minutes afterwards .
Mancini made seven changes to the side that beat Finland with defender Cristiano Piccini and forward Stephan El Shaarawy injured.
Sensi and Quagliarella stepped in for Barella and Ciro Immobile , alongside Kean who was given his second Italy start .
Quagliarella has earned his recall after nearly nine years thanks to his 21 goals in 28 league games, two more than Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo has managed for Juventus .
The veteran striker was denied early before Leonardo Spinazzola set up Senzi to head in for his first senior Italy goal after 17 minutes .
Verratti broke through to curl in the second after 32 minutes for his second goal in the Azzurri jersey .
Italy were awarded a penalty for a Nicolas Hasler handball and Quagliarella made no mistake.
A searing Kean effort clipped the bar before Liechtenstein ’ s Daniel Kaufmann was sent off for handling a Verratti clearance with Quagliarella taking the second penalty on 43 minutes .
Pavoletti got his senior Azzurri debut and Quagliarella received a standing ovation as he left the Stadio Tardini pitch.
Four minutes later the Cagliari forward completed the rout off a rebound .