Italy also convinces with England: Mancini remains first in the group

WOLVERHAMPTON – In small steps, with more optimism. 335 days after the European final at Wembley, the Italy of Mancini’s new cycle drew at England, confirming the progress shown in the last two Nations League matches. In Wolverhampton, in front of only three thousand children and their companions (behind closed doors due to accidents during the European final), the Azzurri play a good match, especially in the first half, with an experimental line-up that looks good. A 0-0 also useful for the purposes of the group standings, with Italy maintaining the first place thanks to the draw between Hungary and Germany.

Bella Italia with England: Abraham harnessed, Pellegrini inspires

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Bella Italia with England: Abraham harnessed, Pellegrini inspires

Pellegrini assists, Frattesi comes close to scoring

Compared to the team that beat Hungary, Mancini confirms only Donnarumma and Pellegrini. For the rest, a completely new formation, with Scamacca center forward and the trio formed by Frattesi, Locatelli and Tonali in the middle of the field, while in defense Gatti makes his blue debut. On the other hand, Southgate also revolutionized the formation by launching the Romanist Abraham forward, supported by Sterling, Mount and Grealish on the frontline. In defense the AC Milan player Tomori. Italy got off to a good start showing quality and good phrasing in midfield. After 3 ‘Pellegrini clears Frattesi with a perfect assist in the area, but his right flat goes out a little. England reacts in the 9th minute with an insertion of Mount on which Donnarumma is very good at deflecting the conclusion on the crossbar.

Sterling wastes, Italy remains first

Mancini’s team, however, did not break down and continued to play openly, putting the English in great difficulty. As the minutes go by, the game loses its intensity, but there is no shortage of opportunities. At 25 ‘, on a nice cross from Di Lorenzo from the right, Tonali engages Ramsdale in a difficult intervention. The Azzurri believe in it and, also seeing the troubles of England, continue to push. At 41 ‘Scamacca checks and turns right pulling up from a good position. Before the end of the first half Pessina also tries with a left from the edge that Ramsdale deflects for a corner. At the start of the recovery, Italy returns to the field less concentrated and a little distracted. Southgate’s team took advantage of this, starting to command the game and in the 7th minute it was close to scoring. On James’ cross from the right, Sterling misses dramatically from a few paces. Mancini is not satisfied and at 19 ‘he changes by inserting Esposito and Gnonto in place of Pellegrini and Locatelli. Then in also Raspadori for Scamacca. Italy regains strength, but is no longer able to consistently approach Ramsdale’s goal. In the end England have more energy, but Mancini’s team holds up well. Next Tuesday, against Germany, another exam to pass.


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