Italy, here you are Austria. Surprisingly, but with full merit, the national team of coach Foda will be the opponent of the Azzurri in the round of 16 of the 2021 European Championships scheduled in London next Saturday, June 26th. Nothing to do instead for Ukraine that disappointed just when there was only one step to the finish: an equal to Shevchenko’s men would have been enough to get the qualification but the team disbanded, betrayed above all by its stars (Malinovskyi replaced halfway through the race, Yarmolenko e Zinchenko impalpable) and a little disconnected from the race until the final forcing in which Yaremcuk touched the qualifying goal. Now there remains only a faint hope of an almost impossible repechage.
Austria passes as second behind theNetherlands, which finished with full marks also beating North Macedonia: 3-0 with a goal from Depay and a brace from Wijnaldum, on the day of the farewell of Goran Pandev to the Macedonian national team, which were also canceled two goals for offside (one really of millimeters). However, for the Azzurri the landing seems soft, at least on paper. Because yes, the Austrians surprised, overtaking Ukraine, but this Italy really seems to be in another category. However, Foda’s team showed their best in the domination of the first half: pace, aggressiveness, intensity, fast counterattacks. The best? Alaba, back to the levels of Bayern Munich, Sabitzer and Baumgartner, author of the decisive goal in the 21st minute. The kick on the corner with which he anticipates Zabarnyi and beats Bushchan also the last action of the Hoffenheim striker, soon forced to leave the field due to the consequences of a blow to the head suffered at the beginning of the match. There is a lot of Austria: Laimer nearly doubled with a right turn, then Arnautovic he devours it at the sunset of the first fraction, wasting the counterattack built by Sabitzer and finished by Schopf from two steps. The red and white risk on one occasion, on Shaparenko’s right that Bachmann foils.
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Teaching for Italy: as soon as the pace drops, if it doesn’t travel at a thousand per hour, Austria suffers. And we know how the Azzurri are masters in attacking and recovering the ball high, something that Ukraine has practically never done. In the second half, the Austrians control without excessive problems. Shevchenko he tries everything in the final with a hyperoffensive team: inside Marlos and Besedin but Yaremchuk to touch the equal with three minutes from the end. Its diagonal ends a little to the side. It will be Italy-Austria, therefore. Wembley for it will be practically off limits for Italian fans: the restrictions in place in England, including quarantine and tampons required to enter and exit the country and to access the stadium, effectively prevent the transfer. The lucky ones will be about 2,000 compatriots residing in Great Britain.
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