Two wins and two draws made for a more than respectable return for the Bianconeri’s international contingent on Saturday.
The most resounding victory of the day came the way of Italy, for whom Gianluigi Buffon and Leonardo Bonucci started yesterday’s match in Liechtenstein with Daniele Rugani on the bench.
Andrea Belotti’s brace and strikes by Ciro Immobile and Antonio Candreva secured a comprehensive 4-0 scoreline, which keeps the Azzurri level on points (10) with Spain, who top the group on goal difference.
Earlier in the day, Mario Mandzukic had also started from the first minute in a World Cup qualifying win, as Marcelo Brozovic’s brace saw Croatia overcome Iceland in Zagreb to maintain top spot in Group I.
Shifting south to Africa, Mario Lemina and Medhi Benatia both started for Gabon and Morocco respectively and both of their games ended in goalless draws, the former held by Mali, the latter by Ivory Coast.
The results leave Gabon and Morocco level on two points apiece, as they occupy second and third places respectively in a four-team group.
Later today, it’s the turn of Stephan Lichtsteiner’s Switzerland (vs. Faroe Islands) and Miralem Pjanic’s Bosnia (vs. Greece) to get their November internationals underway in earnest.