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Andrea Pirlo continues to defy logic by churning out magical performances for club and country on a consistent basis despite being 33 years old.
The Juventus midfielder is flourishing in Cesare Prandelli's system, which showcases his sensational range of passing, which was ultimately the difference between Italy and Armenia on Friday evening.
Pirlo clearly seemed to be on his game from the early stages, curling a trademark free kick toward the top left corner that was brilliantly saved by Roman Berezovsky.
Pirlo was then handed the opportunity to open the scoring from the penalty spot, duly obliging and placing the ball powerfully into the left corner.
As the game developed, Armenia began to expose Italy's full-backs, perhaps sensing a draw was on the cards, but it was Pirlo again who made the difference. Italy's No. 21 provided the most brilliant cross that Daniele De Rossi couldn't fail to score the second goal for the Azzurri.
Marco Verratti's form for PSG has led some to say that Prandelli should consider him as an alternative to Pirlo for the Azzurri, but on this basis Pirlo might even make the former Pescara player wait beyond Brazil 2014.