Gianluca Lapadula scored a hat trick as a new-look Italy team thrashed their enclaved neighbours San Marino 8-0.
At 27, the AC Milan striker was among the oldest players in an experimental side given an opportunity by Azzurri boss Giampiero Ventura to prove their worth ahead of bigger tests to come.
Lapadula both opened the scoring and ensured Italy went into the break at Empoli's Stadio Carlo Castellani 4-0 up after Gian Marco Ferrari and Andrea Petagna notched their first senior goals.
Germany survived a first-half wobble to defeat Azerbaijan 4-1 and maintain their 100 percent record in World Cup qualifying.
It seemed to be plain sailing for the 2014 winners when Andre Schurrle put the visitors ahead on 19 minutes, meeting Jonas Hector's pass to hit home, but Azerbaijan were soon back in it.
Dimitrij Nazarov's right-footed effort beat Bernd Leno to surprise the Group C heavyweights, but parity did not last long.
Schurrle found Thomas Muller and the Bayern Munich ace...
San Marino coach Pierangelo Manzaroli has accused Thomas Muller and Germany of being disrespectful with remarks they made after their 8-0 World Cup qualifying win in Serravalle on Friday.
Muller said he did not "see the point" of playing such games, claiming it was a risk to professional players like himself to be subjected to some of the tackling amateur players dish out.
The press officer for the San Marino Olympic Committee, Alan Gasperoni, published a letter on Facebook detailing 10 reasons...
Germany head coach Joachim Low has defended Thomas Muller after he was criticised by the San Marino Football Association.
Muller said playing minnows such as the microstate was pointless, leading San Marino to accuse him of arrogance and mock him for not being able to score against teams "as poor as ours."
He added: "I don't understand the point of such uneven games like these, even more so because of the crowded fixture list.
"I understand that for them it is special to play against the world...