Goals from Daniele De Rossi and Ciro Immobile saw Italy beat Albania 2-0 to ensure they stay level on points with Spain in Group G.
Albania started the better of the two sides but soon found themselves behind after Migjen Basha pulled Andrea Belotti’s shirt at a free-kick, giving Italy a penalty which De Rossi converted after a brief delay for flares to be cleared off the pitch.
De Rossi and Belotti both squandered free headers free headers before half-time, while the lively Odise Roshi also missed the target with the visitors’ best chance.
And Immobile put the game beyond doubt 20 minutes from time he headed a Davide Zappacosta cross in at the back post.
Italy stay second in the group, level on points with leaders Spain but eight goals worse off in the goal difference stakes, while Albania’s hopes of qualification are surely over as they languish in fourth.