Cesare Prandelli has expressed his satisfaction at Italy's attitude in their victory in Armenia, while Pablo Osvaldo has hailed his own commitment and Domenico Criscito has discussed wearing the blue of his country once again.
Lokomotiv Moscow and Zenit St. Petersburg made it two wins out of two in the Russian Premier League with 2-0 victories against Krylya Sovetov and Dinamo Moscow respectively.
CSKA Moscow suffered a setback in their quest for the Russian Premier League title after they fell to second-placed Zenit St Petersburg, losing 2-0 at home, with third-placed Dynamo Moscow also lost.
Although transfer activity has slowed over recent weeks, plenty of big deals have still been taking place, with Malaga active and Manchester United adding David De Gea and Ashley Young to their star-studded squad.
Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg have announced the signing of Italy defender Domenico Criscito from Serie A side Genoa on a five-year contract.
Serie A leaders AC Milan are still in the market for a new full-back, despite the capture of Ajax's Urby Emanuelson - as he is ineligible for UEFA Champions League action, with Espanyol's Didac Vila reportedly a target.