Lippi pleased with performance

Italy have all but booked their ticket to the World Cup finals in South Africa in 2010, following their win.

“I’m so happy for the boys who played tonight. It almost felt as if they were inexperienced, but with so much quality,” Lippi told Raisport.

“We scored two beautiful goals, and I feel that we could have scored four or five times.

“All in all though, I am very fulfilled with our efforts.”

He added: “With a draw in Dublin, we will qualify for the World Cup. But fortunately if we are to lose that game, there’s always the match against Cyprus.”