Thats it! Italy beat Bulgaria 2-0 to move four points clear of Ireland in group 8 and take a step closer to qualifying for South Africa 2010.
Italy break with Camoranesi who feeds Pirlo...ohhhhhhhh!!! Poor control inside the box lets him down as another chance goes begging.
Into the final minute here. It has been a solid and professional showing by the Italians as the fourth official signals three minutes of added time.
Offside S.Petrov following Bojinov's slack pass. Petrov moans at Stoyanov who played the initial ball too late as the away side continue to hope for a goal.
Berbatov fouls Chiellini and the free kick goes Italy's way. La Nazionale are looking a little tired here.
Italy are trying to manage the game as they move the ball around and keep possession.
Substitution Vincenzo Iaquinta Gaetano D'Agostino
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! Ivankov makes a great save on Giuseppe Rossi's left foot strike after being fed through by Camoranesi. Excellent move by the Italians.
Grosso concedes the corner and Georgiev goes over to take it...it's deep, but Buffon sees it all the way and comes out to claim it.
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! A terrible mix up between Cannavaro and Chiellini allows Bojinov in with a great chance...No!! Off the post following his left-foot blast. What a strike from the Parma man. Unlucky.
Ohhhhhhhhhh!!! Pepe does superbly to skip his way down the left wing, but some uneven turf gets him in a muddle, he falls, and the ball goes out of play at the near post, what a shame!
The tempo has died down slightly here in Turin. It seems as if Italy are trying to defend the lead as Bojinov blasts over the bar.
Free kick to Bulgaria in a dangerous area after Cannavaro fouls Bojinov. The defender goes into the book. Georgiev shoots...ohhhhhhhhh!! Buffon stands still, but the ball flies wide of his post.
Yellow Card Fabio Cannavaro
Bojinov links up with Berbatov, but his shot is charged down by De Rossi as Marchisio comes off for Simone Pepe.
Substitution Claudio Marchisio Simone Pepe
Substitution Chavdar Yankov Valeri Domovchiyski
Bojinov and Georgiev's introductions have give Bulgaria the upper hand as Berbatov is caught offside after excellent reading of the play by Cannavaro.
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! Berbatov smashes a volley over the bar. Buffon is hardly troubled.
S.Petrov comes in from behind and fouls Pirlo. Marchisio takes it quickly, but gives the ball away. However, Camoranesi wins it back as Italy are in control of the game.
Grosso pumps the ball forward to Iaquinta, but he is just offside. Bulgaria come forward as they work an opening, Bojinov wriggles his way into the box, but Cannavaro closes him down.
Corner to Bulgaria. It comes in, Bojinov heads on for Berbatov, but Buffon makes an easy save. Italy break quickly...Marchisio is there...ohhhhhhhhhhhh!!! His finish is dragged wide.
Free kick to Bulgaria...Georgiev takes it from the left and swings it in wildly, Buffon is called into action to make a good save.
Substitution Dimitar Rangelov Blagoy Georgiev
Substitution Martin Petrov Valeri Bojinov
Camoranesi fouls M.Petrov and the referee gives Bulgaria a free kick.
Pirlo finds Rossi, he shoots with his left foot, however it's too weak and comes to nothing.
Italy continue to attack with Marchisio, but he gives the ball away to S.Petrov, he crosses in quickly from the left, but Cannavaro is there to clear again! Outstanding defending.
Giuseppe Rossi comes on for Gilardino to make his 12th appearance for the Azzurri...he shoots instantly, but it's straight at Ivankov.
Substitution Alberto Gilardino Giuseppe Rossi
Yellow Card Chavdar Yankov
Berbatov finds Yankov, but his cross is easily dealt with by Chiellini...Bulgaria win the ball back as they attempt to work a move...Stoyanov shoots from range, but it's closer to the corner flag.
Free Kick to the Azzurri after Camoranesi is dragged back, it's taken quickly...Iaquinta...ohhhhhhhhh! Ivankov makes the save.
Grosso does well to skip into the box, but he is closed down by M.Petrov who does well to clear. Bulgaria break with Yankov who crosses, but Zambrotta is there and gives away a corner...Gilardino heads it clear.
Bulgaria maintain possession and attempt to move forward how ever the Italian defence is constanly closing down
M.Petrov takes a poor shot, easily caught by Buffon
Berbatov caught offside after Petov played him through
Grosso commits a foul, free kick to bulgaria. The cross comes in from Petrov to no avail
Bulgaria start the second half
What a half! Italy could be several goals ahead such is their dominance upon the tie. Goals from Grosso and Iaquinta, the Juventus men, have ensured their side are cruising. Bulgaria have had the odd chance, but failed to take it. The Azzurri deserve to be ahead, but can the visitors come back in the second half? Stay logged on and find out as we bring you the second period live from Turin.
That's it! The referee blows for half time. Italy go into the break with a comfortable lead.
Into the last minute of the first half. Bulgaria come forward with Berbatov, but he fails to combine with Rangelov and the ball fizzles out.
Italy are looking for a third here as they continue to assault Bulgaria's goal. Iaquinta crosses in for Gilardino, but Manolev gets his head to it first.
Ohhhhhhhhhhhh!!! Camoranesi fires straight at Ivankov following some slick play by Grosso down the left wing.
Italy have doubled their advantage following a quite sublime move between Pirlo, Iaquinta and Gilardino. Bulgaria still have no answer as Lippi's men dominate the affair in everyway.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! WHAT A WONDER GOAL BY ITALY!!! IAQUINTA AND GILARDINO COMBINE WITH A DOUBLE ONE-TWO AFTER PIRLO'S INITIAL PASS. THE FIORENTINA MAN PLAYS IT BACK AND IAQUINTA FINISHES BEAUTIFULLY UNDER IVANKOV.
Goal Vincenzo Iaquinta
Petrov feeds Rangelov on the left, the Bulgarians move it around with Berbatov who finds Sarmov, but the midfielder fires wide of Buffon's goal.
Kishishev fouls Camoranesi. Free kick and it's taken quickly, Zambrotta wins the corner...Pirlo is there to take it...Foul! Iaquinta is all over Manolev.
Ohhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! Pirlo swings in his corner from the right...Iaquinta is there again...and another header goes agonisingly wide. Italy are all over their opponents.
Ohhhhhhhh!!! Gilardino tries to stab home after a quick flick-on from Iaquinta, but Ivankov is off his line to smother the danger.
Zambrotta fouls Yankov on the edge of the box. It's in a dangerous position here as Bulgaria players argue as to who will take it. Stylian Petrov puts the ball down...into the wall and De Rossi blazes it clear.
Free Kick to Italy as Sarmov hacks down De Rossi. It's about 35 yards. Pirlo crosses in for Iaquintaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!!! No! He heads over from point-blank range. It was easier to score!
The game is intense here. Chances are flying end to end.
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh!! Stylian Petrov should have scored as he drags his shot past the post. Cannavaro completely lost his man.
Pirlo finds De Rossi with a quick cut-back. The Roma man smashes it low, but it's on the wrong side of the post.
Corner to Bulgaria. It's the first of the game after Grosso fails to keep the ball. It comes in...OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! WHAT A SAVE BY BUFFON!!!! Stylian Petrov volleys the ball into the near post and Buffon flies up with two fists to stop the ball from flying in with a miraculous save. It has to be one of his best!
Berbatov finds Rangelov...Wasted! The striker passes the ball to Buffon with a poor shot when he could have cut it back! Poor decision from the forward.
Ohhhhhhhhh!!! Zambrotta tries his luck from distance, but the ball flies over the bar.
Free kick Italy after Berbatov fouls Cannavaro. The ball is pumped up field by Buffon. Grosso finds Marchisio who fizzes the ball in, but no-one is there to put it in.
Ohhhhhhhhhh!!! Good save by Buffon.Yankov crosses the ball from the right, and Rangelov gets in front of Chiellini to head towards goal, but it's well saved.
Martin Petrov crosses the ball in for Berbatov, but Cannavaro is there once again and makes a vital clearance.
Bulgaria are struggling here. Stoilov's men have yet to get a grip on the game.
OHHHHHHHHH!!!!! It should have been 2-0. Zambrotta cuts the ball back to Iaquinta in the box, the striker places it past the goalkeeper, but it's cleared off the line. What a great chance!
Zmabrotta combines well with Zambrotta, but Kishishev closes him down on the right wing. The Azzurri are looking for another as they bomb forward.
The Italians are ahead in style. A well-worked move has culminated in a well deserved goal.
Goal Fabio Grosso
GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! ITALY HAVE TAKEN THE LEAD! Grosso is played through by Pirlo with a sublime chip through ball, and the defender smashes the volley home off the cross bar. What a stunning goal.!
It's a lively start here by both teams as Italy come forward. Pirlo finds Grosso...he crosses in low...Gilardino...ohhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! How did he miss, the striker was a tad late arriving. Any contact and it would have been 1-0.
Foul on Camoranesi by Kishishev. Free Kick on the edge of the box...Grosso takes the shot...but the ball ricochet's off the wall.
Ohhhhhhhh!!! Great play by Rangelov who tries to feed Berbatov in the box with a clever pass, but Cannavaro is there to clear the ball.
Camoranesi crosses in for Marchisio...ohhhhhhhhh!!! The midfielder strikes a left-footed shot across goal, but Ivankov makes the save.
Iaquinta goes down after a heavy knock to his knee when challenging for the ball. The Juventus man looks in pain as the magic spray comes out.
Kishishev launches the ball forward to Berbatov, but Cannavaro comes over to cover, and safely passes back to Buffon.
Italy kick off with Iaquinta and Gilardino. Marchisio tries to feed the Italian striker, but he fouls Manolev.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of the World Cup 2010 Group 8 qualifier between Italy and Bulgaria from the Stadio Olimpico in Turin. The Azzurri are hoping to move a step closer towards qualification, but Bulgaria are eager to leave their mark on the game. Marcello Lippi has changed his team following the Georgia match. Daniele De Rossi, Claudio Marchisio and Alberto Gilardino all start having missed the clash in Tibilisi. Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov is the biggest threat, and he starts for his side. There is no place for Parma striker Valeri Bojinov though.