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Chelsea's Davide Zappacosta is the 100th Italian to score in the Champions League... but who else makes a list including Antonio Conte, Roberto Baggio and Mario Balotelli?

  • Davide Zappacosta of Chelsea was the 100th Italian Champions League scorer
  • He joins a list including his manager Antonio Conte and other big names 
  • Filippo Inzaghi scored 46 goals for Juventus and AC Milan in the competition 

Davide Zappacosta marked his first Chelsea start with a spectacular goal as his side easily disposed of Qarabag – making a piece of history for his country in the process.

The wing back fired the ball home from close to the right touchline 30 minutes into the game and, although the effort was undoubtedly a cross, it was enough to ensure a century of Champions League goalscorers for his home country of Italy.

In total the 100 Italian Champions League goalscorers have netted 399 times between them, ranging from household names to one-game wonders. 

Davide Zappacosta became the 100th Italian to score in the Champions League on Tuesday

Davide Zappacosta became the 100th Italian to score in the Champions League on Tuesday

Filippo Inzaghi leads the list of Italian Champions League scorers, with an impressive 46

Filippo Inzaghi leads the list of Italian Champions League scorers, with an impressive 46

Alessandro Del Piero, who played almost all of his career with Juventus, netted 42 

Alessandro Del Piero, who played almost all of his career with Juventus, netted 42 

The first came on September 16, 1992, when AC Milan's Demetrio Albertini found the net just seven minutes into his side's eventual 4-0 victory over Lyon, with the midfielder going on to net four times in the Champions League before retirement in 1995.

Since then Italian clubs have won the Champions League on four occasions, with Inter the last to do so under the guidance of Jose Mourinho in 2010.

Filippo Inzaghi won two of those titles with AC Milan, and leads the way when it comes to Italians goalscorers in the competition with 46. He remains the third oldest player to score in the competition, aged 37 years and 85 days when he netted against Real Madrid in November 2010, putting him behind only Ryan Giggs and Francesco Totti, who himself netted 17 times at Europe's top table.

Mario Balotelli, pictured scoring for Liverpool against Ludogorets, also makes the list

Mario Balotelli, pictured scoring for Liverpool against Ludogorets, also makes the list

Gianluca Vialli only managed to score twice in the Champions League but won it in 1995-96

Gianluca Vialli only managed to score twice in the Champions League but won it in 1995-96

Behind Inzaghi in the Italian scoring stakes sits Alessandro Del Piero, the wizard of Turin who netted 42 times and helped Juventus win the competition in 1995-96. He scored six on the Old Lady's run to the final that year, where Fabrizio Ravanelli scored one of his seven Champions League goals in a 1-1 draw with Ajax which was eventually decided on penalties. 

Below the likes Christian Vieri, once the most expensive player in world football when he moved Lazio to Inter in 1999 for £28m, has netted 10 Champions League goals while Mario Balotelli and Andrea Pirlo are among those on eight. 

Zappacosta's manager at Chelsea, Antonio Conte, features on the list with five goals, while perhaps surprisingly the great Roberto Baggio managed only four goals in the Champions League era.

Fabrizio Ravanelli, centre, scored for Juventus in the 1996 final before they won on penalties

Fabrizio Ravanelli, centre, scored for Juventus in the 1996 final before they won on penalties

Antonio Conte, the current Chelsea manager, celebrates scoring against Olympiakos in 1999

Antonio Conte, the current Chelsea manager, celebrates scoring against Olympiakos in 1999

Francesco Totti is the third oldest player to find the net in a Champions League game

Francesco Totti is the third oldest player to find the net in a Champions League game

There is a real mix of names joining Zappacosta on just one striker, with Bernardo Corradi and Simone Zaza joining established stars such as Gennaro Gattuso and Fabio Cannavaro.

Emanuele Giaccherini leads a number of Napoli players who could make it 101 Italian Champions League goalscorers on Wednesday night. 

100 ITALIAN GOALSCORERS IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 

46 goals: Filippo Inzaghi

42 goals: Alessandro Del Piero 

20 goals: Marco Simone 

17 goals: Francesco Totti

15 goals: Simone Inzaghi 

11 goals: Alberto Gilardino, Christian Panucci 

10 goals: Christian Vieri

9 goals: Nicola Amoruso 

8 goals: Mario Balotelli, Marco Di Vaio, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Andrea Pirlo 

7 goals: Fabrizio Ravanelli 

6 goals: Antonio Cassano, Enrico Chiesa, Daniele De Rossi, Daniele Massaro, Fabio Quagliarella 

5 goals: Marco Borriello, Antonio Conte, Fabrizio Miccoli, Thiago Motta 

4 goals: Demetrio Albertini, Ciro Immobile, Roberto Baggio 

3 goals: Alessandro Birindelli, Matteo Brighi, Mauro Camoranesi, Antonio Di Natale, Lorenzo Insigne, Cristiano Lucarelli, Claudio Marchisio, Michele Padovano, Giampaolo Pazzini, Giuseppe Rossi, Alessio Tacchinardi, Luca Toni, Gianfranco Zola

2 goals: Daniele Adani, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Francesco Coco, Marco Delvecchio, Luigi Di Biagio, Stephan El Shaarawy, Stefano Fiore, Sebastian Giovinco, Leandro Greco, Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Matri, Vincenzo Montella, Simone Perrotta, Tommaso Rocchi, Nicola Ventola, Gianluca Vialli

1 goal: Amauri, Gabriele Ambrosetti, Massimo Ambrosini, Lorenzo Amoruso, Roberto Baronio, Mauro Bressan, Marco Cassetti, Alessio Cerci, Bruno Cirillo, Bernardo Corradi, Dario Dainelli, Angelo Di Livio, Giulio Donati, Massimo Donati, Andrea Dossena, Enzo Maresca, Stefano Eranio, Fabio Cannavaro, Giuseppe Favalli, Ciro Ferrara, Alessando Florenzi, Manolo Gabbiadini, Gennaro Gattuso, Federico Giunti, Tomas Locatelli, Attilio Lombardo, Marco Marchionni, Giancarlo Marocchi, Marco Materazzi, Riccardo Montolivo, Domenico Morfeo, Roberto Muzzi, Paolo Negro, Antonio Nocerino, Federico Piovaccari, Daniele Rugani, Giovanni Stroppa, Stefano Sturaro, Damiano Tommasi, Moreno Torricelli, Marco Verratti, Davide Zappacosta, Luciano Zauri, Simone Zaza 

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