Fabio Quagliarella, the veteran forward of Italy has become the oldest player of the team to score a goal. He managed to convert his two penalties to help his team beat Liechtenstein by 6-0 on Tuesday night as they now qualify for the 2020 European Championship.
This was the first international goal of Quagliarella in the last 8.5 years. After the player converted his first penalty into a goal, he had water in his eyes as he relieved a standing ovation from the crowd at the Stadio Tardini.
Quagliarella is lately having a resurgence as he led the Series A with his 21 goals which got him a spot on the team which was earlier filled by young players after Roberto Mancini took over the coaching of Italy.
Mancini said, “it is quite difficult to say if he can make it to the Euros. Things are going well so far. However, it is rather difficult to predict anything between now and June 2020. Still a player like him can continue for a very long time.”
On the other hand, the teenage player Moise Kean scored a goal to make it 2-0 for Italy.
Before this win, Italy started their qualification for European Championship with a 2-0 win over Finland last Saturday.
Quagliarella said, “I thank my teammates for this goal. They are the real penalty takers and they told me to take them in their stead. They said, it is your night, you take it. As for the fans, I also thank you guys for your cheers and a standing ovation. I will keep these memories close to my heart.”