ROMA – As reigning European Champions, you can peacefully make a reason for this defeat and a record of 37 useful games that is interrupted against a beautiful Spain, which had already made us suffer at Wembley and which perhaps we had faced in the summer with more awareness and determination of our weapons and theirs. L’Italy will not win the Nations League, a competition that certainly does not warm the hearts of a nation with two Europeans and four World Cups on the showcase, in the final there goes Luis Enrique dragged by Ferran Torres, good at finding the right spaces in a central defense by the unprecedented pair Bonucci-Bastoni, who appeared too much experimental in an evening in which the determination and safety of the tandem with Chiellini would have reassured the department and the team. On Sunday at 3 pm the final against the loser of Belgium-France.
Chiesa tries, then Torres hits and Italy swerves
Mancini plays with Bernardeschi false center forward and Sticks to be paired with Bonucci at the center of the defense. Gavi the great surprise of Luis Enrique, 2004 (the youngest rookie ever in the national team) in midfield with Koke and Busquets. San Siro welcomes Donnarumma as widely expected, not exactly as a darling. We start and immediately church at 5 ‘heats Unai Simon, after a great stolen ball by Emerson: it is an Italy that presses very high and puts the opponents in difficulty, Luis Enrique is certainly not happy. Mancini is also frightened, however, at 13 ‘Roja and Sanabria finds Oyarzabal in the small area, luck that Bastoni reads everything and rejects the conclusion. It is the prelude to the Iberian advantage, at 17 ‘, built on the Alonso-Oyarzabal axis and concluded by Ferran Torres at the edge of the post: Sticks late on the opponent smoothes the ball and is punished. Italy accuses and swerves, insistent Spanish action and left by Marcos Alonso who Donnarumma lets escape, pole and then Bonucci incredibly manages to sweep completely uncoordinated: the whistles to Gigio are felt very well.
Bernardeschi’s pole, Insigne devours himself the same then the collapse: Bonucci red, Torres double
The game becomes more intense, the referee begins to get lost: Karasaev he lets it go too far without punishing even harsh interventions, but decides to bring out an absurd first yellow a Bonucci, captain blue, who rightly protests for a foul whistled against in attack with Gavi falling by itself in its area. Italy gets back on its feet, attacks, risks but becomes dangerous: in the 33rd minute Bernardeschi on the counterattack he places his left foot on the near post, Unai Simon repels with the help of the wood, then in the 35th minute he is Badge who has on the right the equalizer served by Emerson, first shot face to face with the goalkeeper who comes out sensationally. Unfortunately, it is the highest point of the national team, which collapses from the possible 1-1: Bonucci trims an elbow to Busquets, second sacrosanct yellow, and with one man less Italy also takes the second from Ferran Torres, who in the confusion of the blue defense – Bastoni bewildered in the role of improvised leader – stands out like even Cristiano Ronaldo.
Mancini revolutionizes Italy, Pellegrini is not enough: defeat arrives after 37 games
Mancini redesigns Italy, 3-5-1 with Chiellini for Bernardeschi. On the other hand, out Ferran Torres due to injury, in Pino: another teenager, this time born in 2002. Difficult to recover two goals with one less man and with a Spain master in dribbling, Mancini also tries the Locatelli and Kean cards for the last half hour recalling Insigne and Verratti. Palo di Chiesa, but the Juventus player is offside, then Pellegrini for Jorginho immediately after the incredibly failed 3-0 by Oyarzabal with the door wide open. Emerson does not need Kean launched at the net, Chiellini furious with Karasaev – charisma and enormous leadership missed in the first half, those of the blue leader – and Donnarumma amazing on Marcos Alonso’s left that could have been worth 3-0. We go towards the final that seems already written but to try to change it comes the poison of Chiesa, who at 83 ‘goes into pressing to steal the ball from the last Spanish man and fly off on the counterattack, serving the 2-1 to empty goal Pilgrims. Final of hope and energy wasted chasing the tiki-taka of the Spaniards, who manage without danger even the 5 ‘of recovery until the last action, with the punishment thrown in by Calabria on which Locatelli does not arrive: Spain goes to the final .