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Italy beats Northern Ireland 3-0

Antonio Cassano scored twice and Italy defeated Northern Ireland 3-0 Tuesday to conclude its European Championship qualifying campaign unbeaten

AP, Tuesday 11 Oct 2011
Antonio Cassano
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Cassano put Italy ahead in the eighth minute with a splendid volley following a long pass from Daniele De Rossi, then doubled the lead with a well-placed low shot from the edge of the area in the 53rd.

Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley then scored an own goal in the 74th by redirecting a pass from Federico Balzaretti.

Italy, which had already qualified for next year’s tournament, finished with 26 points atop Group C.

Northern Ireland finished next to last in the group with nine points.

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