Super Mario bags a brace as Italy win 2-0 in Malta

Malta 0 – Italy 2 (World Cup qualifier, March 26, 2013) (Alternative highlights) An early penalty from Mario Balotelli put the Azzurri 1-goal to the good. The Italians survived a scare when Gigi Buffon hauled down a Malta forward for a penalty, but the Juve stopper made amends saving the resultant spot-kick. Malta were seemingly killed off when Mario Balotelli doubled Italy’s lead just before the break.