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With Italy's national team struggling, Pelle might be Azzurri's savior

Graziano Pelle scored a late winner to give Italy three crucial points in a 1-0 victory over Malta in Euro 2016 qualifying Group H.
Italy head coach Antonio Conte was focused on the bigger picture as Graziano Pelle scored a controversial winner to see off Malta 1-0 in Euro 2016 qualifying.

Graziano Pelle is quite the forgetful man. Italy's Euro 2016 qualifier against Malta on Thursday had barely finished when a reporter from national broadcaster Rai thrust a microphone in the striker's face and asked him which part of his body he had used to score the Azzurri's only goal, which won the game. "I don't remember," replied Pelle. "I'd have to watch a replay first."

Those of us who had already seen the TV footage knew that Pelle had diverted Antonio Candreva's cross into the net with an...

 By Ben Gladwell

Serie B introduces green cards for referees to reward good behaviour

Italy head coach Antonio Conte was focused on the bigger picture as Graziano Pelle scored a controversial winner to see off Malta 1-0 in Euro 2016 qualifying.

Good behaviour is to be rewarded in Serie B this season with referees given a new green card to brandish when players conduct themselves well.

In addition to the normal yellow and red cards, referees are to carry a green card to show in an attempt to promote fair play and sporting gestures.

According to La Stampa, the new system -- which is being introduced on a trial basis -- will come in to effect around the fourth or fifth round of matches.

The innovative idea is for players who conduct themselves...

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Italy forward Graziano Pelle unsure if goal against Malta was legal

Graziano Pelle scored a late winner to give Italy three crucial points in a 1-0 victory over Malta in Euro 2016 qualifying Group H.

Italy forward Graziano Pelle said he's unsure if his winning goal should have counted in the Azzurri's 1-0 victory over Malta in their European Championships qualifier on Thursday.

It appeared that Pelle used his shoulder or arm to redirect in a cross from Antonio Candreva in the 69th minute of a match that Italy dominated. But it wasn't clear if the goal should have been disallowed.

"I don't remember whether I touched it with my arm. I'll have to see the replay too and then I'll tell you," Pelle...

 By PA Sport

Graziano Pelle's goal saves Italy's blushes in tight win

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Graziano Pelle scored a late winner to give Italy three crucial points in a 1-0 victory over Malta in Euro 2016 qualifying Group H.

Italy moved joint top of Euro 2016 qualifying Group H thanks to a 1-0 victory over Malta in Florence.

A goal from Southampton forward Graziano Pelle midway through the second half was enough for Antonio Conte's men to move level Croatia at the top of their pool and edge closer to booking their ticket to France next summer.

Malta put up a brave fight at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in going down to their second 1-0 defeat to Italy during this qualifying campaign, with Pelle once again decisive.

Despite...