Southampton striker Graziano Pelle scored off Antonio Candreva`s pinpoint cross to hand Italy a precious 1-0 win over Malta in Florence on Thursday that sent the hosts top of their Euro 2016 qualifying table.
European Union foreign ministers met on Monday under pressure to produce more than words and save desperate migrants drowning in the Mediterranean, as bodies of the deadliest known wreck of its kind were brought ashore in Malta.
EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini said Monday the bloc had "no more excuses" not to act to halt the flood of migrants as Italy and Malta continued to look for survivors from the latest shipwreck.
Italy coach Antonio Conte rejected criticism of his side following a "scant" 2-1 win over Azerbaijan that sent the Azzurri top of Group H in Euro 2016 qualifying ahead of an away clash with Malta on Monday.
Survivors of the most deadly migrant shipwreck in years have described the horrifying moment traffickers capsized their boat and left them to drown, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday.