Equal also in Englandthird match without defeat for the Azzurri and first place confirmed in the Nations League group. Italy liked most in the first 45 ‘, when they played with personality, ideas and quality and were superior to England. You have created a lot but you have not scored. In these three races, with Germany, Hungary and England, three goals and none of the center forwardboth Raspadori and Belotti e Scamacca, this time rather disappointing. A fact to think about: Italy has not found the goal in 4 of the last 7 games. The best things from Tonali, Pellegrini, Pessina and Di Lorenzowas even Gatti is up to par, making his debut after the season in Serie B with Frosinone. The recovery was less brilliant, but this is another step towards the creation of a new team. The ideas are there, the spirit too.
A BLUE TIME – Nice our first half in Wolverhampton. As beautiful as the second from Cesena, only that in Romagna the opponent was Hungary, while in England we were facing the hosts. Empty stadium (due to the Uefa provision after the unrest of the English fans in the European matches, only 3,000 kids in the stands), but for the Three Lions the desire to take revenge after the Wembley final was alive. Mancini changed 9 out of 11 players compared to Hungaryincluding the eighth debutante this month, the future Juventus player Gatti, confirmed only by Donnarumma and Lorenzo Pellegrini. Yet the national team, just as it happened in the two years preceding the European championship, found itself immediately. She drove it Tonali, both Pessina and Pellegrini made it dangerous and this despite the strong presence of England. Southgate had noticed in the matches with Germany and Hungary that the Azzurri had changed the type of maneuver and tried to steal depth from his opponents. He only succeeded at times because when Italy attacked he did it with speed, verticalizing in the blink of an eye.
THE “DONNARUMMATA” – At 45 ‘, four scoring chances for us, two for England. The first after less than 2 ‘on the Pellegrini-Frattesi axis that he put out in front of Romsdale. Immediately after the now classic mistake of Donnarumma, the fashionable construction from behind with a goal-ball given to Abraham, luckily for the Parisian goalkeeper reassembled by Locatelli. From now on we will call it the “Donnarummata”. It was the best moment of the English who hit the crossbar (with a detour by Donnarumma, who thus recovered a bit) with Mount after a quick exchange with Sterling.
ACCELERATIONS – The home team made the ball go round, ours, when it got hold of it, headed straight for the English area. Beautiful and sensational the opportunity for the Azzurri at 20 ‘: Tonali’s 50-meter throw from left to right, Di Lorenzo’s flying cross, arrival in tow by Tonali himself and Romsdale’s instinctive and shin parade. Then Scamacca (stop and ball in the curve at the edges of the small area) and Pessina (shot in the middle of the area deflected for a corner) closed the first half. Italy played accelerating. Behind held up well, with Gatti having to go out on Mount. Here, Mount’s position, behind Locatelli but not crushed on our defensive line, led to some uncertainty for the Azzurri. Better us in midfield with Frattesi in front of the equalizer Rice and Tonali in front of Ward-Prowse. And as it happened before, as has always been the case in Mancini’s national team, the number of goals did not correspond to the game that flowed smoothly. On 4 occasions, 0 goals. Unfortunately, this too is a classic.
THE DEB NUMBER 9 – England started the second half better than Italy. Sterling missed an impossible goal to miss a stone’s throw from the Azzurri goal, on the occasion Pellegrini’s marking on James was too light at the moment of the cross and inattentive Gatti who made Sterling slip behind him. After a quarter of an hour, the Azzurri rebalanced the match a bit with a chance from Di Lorenzo. After the hour of play, Mancini sent on the field the ninth rookie of this new beginning, Salvatore Esposito in place of Locatelli: like Gatti, and before that Zaniolo, of Esposito we will remember his debut in the national team before in Serie A. Inside also the very young Gnonto in place of Pellegrini. Southgate instead chose the strength and experience of Kane (outside the Romanist Abraham, an hour not very brilliant), as well as Phillips (for Rice) and Bowen (for Mount). Gnonto, sent to the right with Pessina moved to the left, immediately showed himself with a shot and a conclusion on the outside of the net. In the meantime, Esposito immediately adjusted to the personality level of the entire national team.
MINI ATTACK – In this second half the game lost speed, vigor and precision. It would have been useful the contribution of Scamacca, who instead remained too detached from the team. For the Sassuolo center forward it wasn’t exactly an encouraging performancewhich is why a quarter of an hour from the end Mancini took it off to let in Raspadori. We finished with a miniature attack (Gnonto-Raspadori), but very technical and fast. In the end also Cristante (outside the fighter Pessina) and Florenzi (outside Dimarco). In the recovery, last yellow for Tonali who, already warned, will miss the match against Germany next Tuesday in Mönchengladbach.
England (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale; James, Maguire, Tomori (43 ‘st Guehi), Trippier; Rice (20 ‘st Phillips), Ward-Prowse; Sterling (34 ‘st Saka), Mount (20’ st Bowen), Grealish; Abraham (20 ‘st Kane). Available: Pope, Pickford, Stones, Walker, Coady, Bellingham, Gallagher. Herds: Southgate
Italy (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Gatti, Acerbi, Dimarco (42 ‘st Florenzi); Frattesi, Locatelli (19 ‘st Gnonto), Tonali; Pessina (43 ‘st Cristante), Scamacca (32’ st Raspadori), Pellegrini (19 ‘st Esposito). Available: Gollini, Meret, Luiz Felipe, Calabria, Politano, Barella, Scalvini. Coach: Mancini
Referee: Marciniak (Poland)
Ammonites: Locatelli (I), Grealish (IN), Gatti (I), Ward-Prowse (IN), Tonali (I)
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