Photo: Man United star Matteo Darmian celebrates first Italy goal
Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian celebrates scoring his first Italy goal on Saturday night
Matteo Darmian has described scoring his first goal for Italy on Saturday night as “pure joy”.
The Manchester United defender netted the Italian national team’s third goal in a 3-1 victory over Azerbaijan in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Baku.
Darmian was the final Italian player to get on the score sheet after Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti and AC Milan forward Stephan El Sharaawy.
And the United full-back, who has enjoyed a largely promising start to his Old Trafford career, reflected on his landmark goal which helped Italy reach Euro 2016 on his Instagram page.
Darmian wrote on the photo-sharing app: “Pure joy. Mission complete. #euro2016”
The Italian defender has started all eight of United’s Premier League games so far this season, racking up 610 top-flight minutes.
Darmian moved to the 20-time English champions in a £12.7m deal from Torino to United in the summer transfer window.
Louis van Gaal’s side face Everton at Goodison Park in their next Premier League fixture on 17 October.