Off-target Italy struggles to Malta win

September 12, 2012
By ESPN.com news services
European Championship runner-up Italy limped to an unimpressive 2-0 win over Malta in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night, getting goals from Mattia Destro in the fifth minute and Federico Peluso in second-half injury time.

Coming off a 2-2 tie at Bulgaria in Friday's opening qualifier, the Azzurri went ahead when Destro scored his first international goal.

Malta posed little threat and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was reduced to a spectator's role for much of the match.
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