Goal of the day: Andrea Pirlo (Italy) vs San Marino | inside World Soccer

Andrea Pirlo struck a pinpoint 30-yard free-kick as Italy strolled to a 4-0 win over San Marino in an international friendly at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on Friday.

Andrea Pirlo embraces teammate Mario Balotelli after scoring Italy's third goal against San Marino
Andrea Pirlo embraces teammate Mario Balotelli after scoring Italy's third goal against San Marino

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Andrea Poli broke the deadlock in the 28th minute with a smart finish before Alberto Gilardino struck his first goal for the Azzurri since 2010 shortly before the interval.

Italy got their third five minutes into the second half thanks to one of Pirlo's expert free-kicks.

Having been awarded a free-kick 30 yards out, Pirlo curled a delightful free-kick over the San Marino wall into the top right-hand corner of the net.

The Juventus midfielder had been the best player on the pitch all evening, playing a key role in Italy dominating possession and territory right from the first whistle.

Pirlo then set up Italy's fourth with another set piece that led to Alberto Aquilani converting from close range with just over 10 minutes remaining.


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