World Cup qualifying result - Domenico Berardi on target as Italy cruise past Northern Ireland
World Cup qualifying Group C, Stadio Ennio Tardini - Italy 2 (Berardi 14', Immobile 39') Northern Ireland 0
Italy's forward Domenico Berardi (C) celebrates after opening the scoring during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C qualification football match between Italy and Northern Ireland at the Ennio-Tardini stadium in Parma
The ball over the top continued to be a major problem for the visitors' defence and they were unstuck six minutes from the break when Ciro Immobile's low shot somehow beat the keeper at his near post.
Baraclough put on George Saville at the break and they were the better side for most of the second half with a brilliant double save from Gianluigi Donnarumma denying Gavin Whyte and Michael Smith.
The AC Milan keeper made another fine stop to deny Josh Magennis's flick from close range, while Paddy McNair blasted over with the goal at his mercy late on as the Azzurri held on to make it 56 matches unbeaten at home.
Mancini's side have plenty of attacking options to fear in Euro 2020.
The Azzurri showed their prowess in the opening 45 minutes with their front three causing havoc. Although they took their foot of the gas in the second half, with Federico Chiesa on the bench, scoring goals should not be an issue in this summer's rescheduled tournament. They have now scored 10 goals in their past four games.
Italy celebrating Northern Ireland
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MAN OF THE MATCH
Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy): He deserved his clean sheet after three brilliant saves in the second half to help the Azzurri weather the storm to continue his impressive season.