Nations League, Italy-Belgium 2-1 and the Azzurri close third

Nations League, Italy-Belgium 2-1 and the Azzurri close third
Nations League, Italy-Belgium 2-1 and the Azzurri close third

Mission accomplished for Italy that ends the second edition of the Nations League in third place. The Azzurri beat Belgium 2-1, the same score as last July 2 in the quarter-finals of the European Championships. Against the ‘red devils’ the goals decide in the second half Barella on 2 ‘, author of a Eurogol, and Berardi on a penalty on 20’; the opponents shorten the gap with De Katelaere in the 41st minute.

The boys of coach Macini take the field without many pillars: from Verratti to Jorginho, from Chiellini to Insigne to Bonucci and with Donnarumma they captain at just 22 years of age. No less experimental Belgium, orphan of Lukaku and Hazard and with De Bruyne starting from the bench. Coach Martinez fielded Saelemaekers from the first minute and the AC Milan player built the most dangerous opportunity of the first fraction in the 27th minute, with a shot from inside the penalty area after Batshuayi’s pass ended at the corner of the goalposts.

Before and after the wood of the Rossoneri attack winger a lot of Italy. Mancini’s team immediately starts strong with the usual Federico Chiesa who sows panic in the opposing defense and in general almost always leads the dances in the first fraction. At 19 ‘Berardi calls Courtois into question with a shot from distance, three minutes later it is the turn of Raspadori well assisted by Chiesa. Then Barella, shortly after half an hour, touches the crossbar with a header.

The match increased in intensity in the second half because the imprecision of the blues left room for goals. The technical gesture that changes the game comes from Barella’s feet in the second minute: another powerful and precise conclusion just like at the European Championship, but this time on the fly and from the edge of the area, an unstoppable shot for a Courtois up to that point. perfect time.

Italy is doubled in the 20 ‘: Chiesa goes away to Castagne in one on one with Castagne, the former Atalanta knocks him out and the referee awards the penalty. Berardi achieves despite a touch of Courtois who senses the shooting angle of the Calabrian winger. After the crossbar hit by Saelemaekers in the first half, Belgium hit two more woods: first with Batshuayi, then with Carrasco. Only five minutes from the end Martinez’s team found the goal of 2-1 with the young promising Belgian football De Ketelaere, who entered the second half overcoming Donnarumma, on an assist from De Bruyne, after a textbook counter-attack. The comeback of the red devils is only half successful and just like at the European Championship, 100 days later, Italy-Belgium ends 2-1.

The match increased in intensity in the second half because the imprecision of the blues left room for goals. The technical gesture that changes the game comes from Barella’s feet in the second minute: another powerful and precise conclusion just like at the European Championship, but this time on the fly and from the edge of the area, an unstoppable shot for a Courtois up to that point. perfect time.

Italy is doubled in the 20 ‘: Chiesa goes away to Castagne in one on one with Castagne, the former Atalanta knocks him out and the referee awards the penalty. Berardi achieves despite a touch of Courtois who senses the shooting angle of the Calabrian winger. After the crossbar hit by Saelemaekers in the first half, Belgium hit two more woods: first with Batshuayi, then with Carrasco. Only five minutes from the end Martinez’s team found the goal of 2-1 with the young promising Belgian football De Ketelaere, who entered the second half overcoming Donnarumma, on an assist from De Bruyne, after a textbook counter-attack. The comeback of the red devils is only half successful and just like at the European Championship, 100 days later, Italy-Belgium ends 2-1.

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