Three plays, three wins. The primacy of Pozzo equaled and Mancini equaled… Mancini. No one had ever won all the games in the group without conceding a single goal in the European Championships, but the “hat-trick” is not an unprecedented one in the history of the Azzurri. The changes, the average age, the return of Verratti and relaxation: this is how Italy will spend its day
ITALY-WALES 1-0: GOAL AND HIGHLIGHTS
Italy, relaxation and records. After a group where “we couldn’t do better”. Words by Roberto Mancini, Bearzot jacket and Pozzo record, sacred monsters of the Italian bench. And from the bench in Rome, Mancio – between heels and indications – drove towards another victory. Other firsts, some only equaled, precisely because “doing more” becomes almost impossible. First of all the summary: Italy first, all won. Seven goals scored, zero conceded. And indeed never in a European championship had a team finished with full points in the group without conceding a single goal. And no one will succeed: England and Sweden have not yet conceded goals, but both have drawn a match. And speaking of unbeaten: Italy has equaled its historical record: 30 matches in a row without defeat, like only Pozzo between 1935 and 1939. Years have passed eighty two, another magic number in the history of blue.
“Perfect hat-trick” as in 1990
Mancio knows how to do it, crazy heel stop. VIDEO
And if from 1982 Mancini, for now, has only the official jacket (Armani wanted to pay homage to that of Enzo Bearzot) the coach has in the meantime equaled himself. Eleven victories in a row: the record streak in the history of the national team already established by Mancio himself (& Co) between November 2018 and November 2019. And equaled again: from Italy-Estonia on November 11 – curiously without him on the bench, positive for the virus and with Evani head coach – up to Wales. And then much more: in the last eleven victories in a row, the Azzurri have never conceded a goal (historical record of Valcareggi between 1972 and 1974 minus one). Italy has already scored seven goals at Euro 2020: so many in the European and World Cup groups only in 1998. And then the hat-trick: all won and without conceding a goal, not a novelty. The en plain of successes – between the World Cup and the European Championships – had also arrived in 1978, in 1990 and in 2000. While a group without conceding goals in 1970, 1980 and 1990. The only Italy with three out of three, and a clean sheet, is therefore that of the World of Magic Nights, that Mancini watched from start to finish from the bench.
Change Italy, not the result
Debut from 1 ‘with goals, Pessina as … Mancini!
Perhaps it is also for this reason that, with Wales, the coach sent Salvatore Sirigu on the field, thirty-four and in all likelihood at his “last dance” in a major international event. And then the changes: otto different owners than in the previous match, another blue record between the World and European Championships. All with the desire to do well, Pessina – last cover man and got on the run-up bus – he reached three goals in the last three with the national team, deciding the game. Verratti returned, and was the first of all Italy-Wales players for touches (136), successful passes (103), created chances (5) and tackles (4), as well as providing assists for the win. All with an average age of 27, the lowest for the Azzurri between Europeans and World Cups since Italy-Bulgaria in 1994.
The program of oggi
After all the records there is relaxation. Before entering the even more decisive phase. It’s free day at the Parco dei Principi hotel in Rome for the Azzurri after the victory over Wales. Visit for wives, children, companions. But also parents, like father and mother Pessina. Greetings also from the duo Pio and Amedeo. While Donnarummataking advantage of the rest day, he is carrying out medical examinations for Paris Saint-Germain. At 5.30 pm, instead, the departure from Termini to Campo di Marte. Then Coverciano. Saturday 26 will be played at Wembley. London calling.