Italy striker Mateo Retegui found the back of the net once again in the Azzurri’s game against Malta, helping his side pick up a 2-0 win away from home.
Retegui had scored against England in his first start for Italy and while the goal against Malta isn’t against the most prominent side, he now has two goals in two starts for Gli Azzurri. For someone who had been called up to the national side only a week ago, that is some achievement for Retegui.
As per Opta, the Tigre striker is only the fourth player in Italian national team history to score in each of his first two starts for the side. He has joined Riccardo Orsolini, Federico Chiesa’s father Enrico and Giorgio Chinaglia, who achieved the feat back in September 1972.
Currently plying his trade in Argentina, the occasion is quite different for Retegui because all the other three players were playing in Italy at that point and the 23-year-old achievement is much more unexpected.
Kaustubh Pandey | GIFN