Nations League: England – Italy 0-0 – Sports

Ten matches on Saturday in the Nations League: In addition to Italy, who draw in England and remain at the top (Group 3 of League A), there is Hungary, which stops Germany with a 1-1 draw. Zelensky and Dumfries scored in the 2-2 match between Holland and Poland, Belgium snatched away against Wales in the 86th minute. In League B, Ukraine (Malinovsky also scored), Ireland and Romania, Montenegro tied thanks to Marusic. In League C, the head-to-head confrontation in Luxembourg goes to Turkey: Calhanoglu’s goal from the penalty spot.

Italy plays, wastes, does not score, remaining first in the Nations League group after 0-0 in England. Roberto Mancini’s work to rebuild Azzurri continues with profit – but without a goal. A big debut for Gatti in defence, the vitality of Frattisi, the presence of Scamacca, the tactical feel of Bessina: many positive signs, to make up the puzzle of having a more confident Italy in the match for the Southgate national team, which unlike the Azzurri will go to the World Cup. However, the ability to close the circle, or put the ball into the goal, is still not present, and because tonight the weight of the problem does not fall only on the shoulders of the striker, as the coach recognizes it at the end of the match. the match. Now stay before the holidays Last post in Monaco against Germany.

Mancini gets there without Tonali – The only blue color for the new cycle is below expectations – which will be excluded. For what it is worth, it will be necessary to maintain the lead in the group, if not to consolidate it. England and Italy presented themselves as a purported rematch of the Wembley final, but the only legacy is The stadium without an audience To exclude UEFA after the chaos of tickets for that match. The context is completely different, the teams change in search of new names. Judging from the start, the show doesn’t lose anything: only the target is missing. Mancini, in his continuous rotation that started after London’s knockout with England to regain the blue, chooses another absolute rookie Federico Gatti in the heart of the defense with Acerbi, and gives confidence in the midfield to Frattisi from the first minute, after a small game in Bologna. In the attack, it was Scamaka’s time, accompanied by Pessina and Pellegrini. Eyes on Tonali. On the other hand, Southgate honors Serie A with his choice of 4-2-1-3 Tomori in defense and Abraham in central attack.

Everyone is on their knees, as happened a year ago in the European final, because black lives matter, and then they took the Nations League challenge. England starts to press, Italy dribbles vertically and what they gain in depth loses resolution. Less than two minutes later, a good opportunity appears on the right of Frattisi: the young player from Sassuolo closes the width of the triangle on the opposite column with Pellegrini freeing him in the area. Abraham’s good ball, reassembled by Locatelli, comes from a foul by Donnarumma in a back pass and is only 4′. The game is open, Mount finds a position between the lines putting Azzurri on difficulty and at 8′ he closes the triangulation with Sterling on the crossbar – with a deviation from Donnarumma. Sterling himself trying to dribble at 16′, which was deflected from a corner kick by DiMarco, Rice’s turn slightly elevated into the corner. Minutes pass and Italy gains dribbling accuracy; While Sterling races on the right and Grealish on the left only leads to a cross, the blue maneuver materializes. In the 24th minute, everything starts from Di Lorenzo who was freed in the area from the right, when rebounding Tonali shoots with the door wide open but closed. Skamaka makes more center-goals than a striker’s heart, but in the blue fireworks at the end of the first half (Pesina veered for a corner kick from Ramsdale in the 44th) there’s a good ball to his right too, but the shot is high.

Upon returning, the teams remain unchanged, and so does the script. A few minutes pass and again Pesina, in a perfectly vertical motion, hits the ball to the right of the edge but the flying serve is still high. The English cross, even if monotonous, causes excitement for the Azzurri at 6′: Gatti, flour on Abraham, losing Sterling who disappears high, Donnarumma’s luck. The City striker enters into a personal duel with the goalkeeper, who blocks his low shot from inside the penalty area at 8′. But when it comes to maneuvering, you have to look the other way. At 12′ Pesina, after a missed counterattack, Di Lorenzo shoots well at the far post but the chance is missed by the goalkeeper’s exit. At 20 it is Esposito and Gounonto time for Pellegrini and Locatelli, and on the other side for Kane instead of Abraham. Gnonto tries to shoot immediately, wide. With a quarter of an hour remaining, Mancini gets angry at the ball that Pesina stole in the midfield, and the poorly developed counterattack on Scamaka in the center of the area. This is the last position of the striker, instead of another Sassuolo, Raspadori. With teams exhausted and fatigued, Kane creates the first opportunity 10 minutes from the end, but runs high.

The closure is a symbol of the blue evening: in full recovery, Gnonto flies, dodges and shoots, then catches Frattesi in the area that Maguire predicted. wanted to win, New Italy and approached. But missing the one thing that really matters, the goal.

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