Soccer, and on Saturday Italy became the 15th team to qualify for the World Cup Finals with an effortless win against Luxembourg.
SV PAN: Luxembourg (light clothes) kicking off left to right.
SV PAN: free kick to Italy resulting in Bettege scoring first goal of match.
SV AND PAN: Italy on attack-Graziani heading second goal
SV PAN: cheering crowds.
SV PAN: Italy on attack, Luxembourg goalkeeper saves PAN TO crowd.
GV PAN: Italy kicking off in second half left to right PAN TO Italy attacking, Italy kick over goal bar.
SV: cheering crowds
Italy on attack, Causio scores Italy's third goal after rebound off player.
Scoreboard showing three nil to Italy PULL BACK TO GV players walking off pitch at end of game.
Italy's goals in the match secured their victory in the European qualifying Group Two edging England out of the World Cup Finals. Other countries to have qualified for the finals are Argentina, who are the hosts; West Germany, the defending champions; France, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Scotland, Spain, Brazil, Peru, Sweden, Holland, Mexico and Iran. They will be joined by either Egypt or Tunisia who are challenging for the qualifying spot from the African group.
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Background: Soccer, and on Saturday Italy became the 15th team to qualify for the World Cup Finals with an effortless win against Luxembourg.
SYNOPSIS: Playing at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, Italy scored their first goal in the fourth minute of the game. Luxembourg had kicked off. Italy were awarded a free kick and from it came the first nail in Luxembourg's coffin, hammered in by Roberto Bettage.
Seven minutes later, Luxembourg goalkeeper Jeannot Moes misjudged Gentile's deep and high cross from the left. The ball seemed to be going out of play but pulled back enough for Francesco Graziani to head into an empty net.
Relaxed by the early goals they needed to assure themselves a place among the 16 finalists in the World Cup to be played in Argentina, Italy seemed almost disinterested wasting both passes and chances at will.
Italy kicked off in the second half and Luxembourg pushed forward and won their first corners of the match. However they were sadly outclassed despite their brave defence.
Twelve minutes into the second half, a long shot from Cuccureddu was only half cleared and Italy's Franco Causio picked it up to shoot home from range, giving Italy the game three-nil.