Gli Azzurri are the fourth European side through to the last eight of the World Cup after a 3-1 win over Norway in Sao Paulo tonight, in an end-to-end game where one side took their chance while the other blew theirs.
Antonio Nocerino scored his second goal for his country after just five minutes when he got above his man to head home Giovinco’s corner, meaning that Italy have scored the first goal in all of their games at the tournament .
It was another corner on the half-hour mark that doubled the lead for Italy, with Giovinco taking a short corner with Rossi before clipping the ball to the far post where Leonardo Bonucci powered a header past the diving Jarstein.
Twenty minutes after the break and Giuseppe Rossi stole a march on the centre-backs and poked home a good cross from Balzaretti to put the game beyond a Norwegian side who have only made this stage twice before and never progressed past it.
There was consolation for them in the final minute when Astori misjudged a clearing header, letting Abdellaoue get behind him. He got right to the goal-line eight yards out before pulling the ball back for Bjørn Helge Risse to smash home past Sirigu.
Italy will play the winners of Argentina-Germany.
FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL 2014 MATCH 54: SECOND ROUND NORWAY 1-3 ITALY Riise 90 Nocerino 6 Bonucci 29 Rossi 64 Sao Paulo