World Cup qualifier: Super Mario saves Azzurri blushes in Armenia draw

Mario Balotelli came off the bench to score a late leveller for Italy in their 2-2 draw vs Armenia. The four-time champions had already qualified for the 2014 World Cup.

updated: October 16, 2013 15:13 IST
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Napoli: Mario Balotelli came off the bench to save Italy's blushes in a 2-2 draw with Armenia which threatened to end in the hosts' first defeat of a successful World Cup qualifying campaign on Tuesday.

Four-time champions Italy had qualified for Brazil 2014 with two games to spare but four days after a 2-2 draw away to Denmark, Cesare Prandelli's men looked to be heading for a first Group B defeat until Balotelli's late leveller.

Although Italy finished unbeaten, their failure to finish with a win could affect their seeding for the tournament -- a prospect which coach Cesare Prandelli said was "not a concern".

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