Nations League: England-Italy 0-0 – Sport

Italy play, waste, not score and remain first in the League of Nations group after the 0-0 draw in England. Roberto Mancini’s work to rebuild the Azzurri continues to be profitable, but without a goal. An important debut for Gatti in defense, the widow of Frattesi, the presence of Scamacca, the tactical sense of Pessina: many positive signs, to compose the puzzle of a safer Italy in the game of the selection of the Southgate, that in unlike the azzurri. will go to the World Cup. However, he still lacks the ability to close the circle, or put the ball in the goal, and tonight is not just on the shoulders of the attacker where the weight of the problem falls, also recognized by the coach in the end of the match. the match. Now, before the holidays, there is the last match in Munich against Germany.

Mancini arrives without Tonali – the only blue of the new course below expectations – who will be disqualified. For what it is worth, it will be necessary to maintain the primacy of the group, if not to consolidate it. England-Italy presented itself as a supposed revenge for the Wembley final, but the only legacy is the stadium without an audience due to the disqualification of Uefa due to the chaos of that match. The context is completely different, the teams change in search of new names. Judging from the beginning, the show does not lose any: only the goal is missing. Mancini, in the continuous rotation that began after the London knockout with England to refound the blue, chooses another absolute debutant, Federico Gatti in the center of the defense with Acerbi, and gives confidence in midfield to Frattesi from the first minute, after the tiny match in Bologna. In attack, he plays Scamacca, accompanied by Pessina and Pellegrini. The eyes are on Tonali. On the other hand, Southgate pays homage to Serie A by choosing, in the 4-2-1-3, Tomori in defense and Abraham as center forward.

All on their knees, as it was a year ago in the European final, because black lives matter, and then to the challenge of the League of Nations. England starts to press, Italy accelerates the vertical dribble and what they gain in depth loses in decision. After less than 2 ‘the good opportunity comes to the right of Frattesi: the young player of the Sassuolo closes the triangle to the opposite post with Pellegrini that releases it in the area. Abraham’s good ball, brought back by Locatelli, comes from a mistake by Donnarumma in a back pass and is only 4 ‘away. The game is open, Mount finds a position between the lines that makes it difficult for the Azzurri and at 8 ‘closes the triangulation with Sterling on the crossbar -with a deflection by Donnarumma-. Sterling himself tried to bargain in the 16th minute, deflected into a corner by Di Marco, Rice’s turn was a little high on the corner. The minutes go by and Italy wins in bargaining precision; while the Sterling races on the right and Grealish on the left only lead to one cross, the blue maneuver materializes. In the 24th minute, everything started with Di Lorenzo released in the area from the right, on the rebound Tonali finished with the door wide open but was blocked. Scamacca made the home team’s keeper look foolish as he easily reduced the lead to make it 4 – 4 44 minutes into the match. Pessina took a corner kick from Ramsdale.

When they return, the teams remain unchanged, and so is the script. A few minutes pass and again Pessina, in a completely vertical action, has the ball just to the right from the edge but the flying service is still high. The English cross, although monotonous, provokes an emotion in the azzurri in the 6th minute: Gatti, precise on Abraham, loses Sterling who fades high, good luck for Donnarumma. City striker faces a personal duel with the goalkeeper, who blocks his low shot from inside the area in the 8th minute, but when maneuvering it is necessary to look towards the other door. In the 12th minute Pessina’s defense sent a ball soaring up the middle on a beautiful counterattack with 82 minutes gone, but di Lorenzo’s finish was met by the reaching hands of the keeper. At 20 ‘Esposito and Gnonto’s time for Pellegrini and Locatelli, and on the other side for Kane instead of Abraham. Gnonto tries to get hold of the ball but it slips out of his hands. With a quarter of an hour to go, Mancini gets angry at the ball stolen in the middle of the field by Pessina, and poorly developed in the counterattack to Scamacca in the center of the area. It is the last situation of the striker, replaced by another Sassuolo, Raspadori. With the teams stretched and tired, Kane creates the first chance 10 minutes from the end, but shoots high.

The closing is emblematic of the blue evening: in full recovery Gnonto flies, haggles and shoots back, then fishes Frattesi in the area planned by Maguire’s physique. She wanted to win, the new Italy, and she came closer. But the only thing that really matters is the goal.

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