Thanks to a personal feat by Giacomo Raspadori, the only scorer of the game with twenty minutes remaining, Italy narrowly defeated England on matchday five of the Nations League in Group C. Results: the Azzurri Squad hopes to qualify for the the last fourwhile the Three lions relegated to League B.
Italy 1-0 England
Goal: Raspadori (67me)
did you know In their last four meetings, Italy and England have each gone 90 minutes without a win. And never with more than two recorded achievements, too (three 1-1s). From then on, everyone could expect tight and balanced debates, without much movement of the network, during this fifth day of Group C of the League of Nations. From there to sticking to a 0-0 in bad taste, there would be reason to be disappointed. Because when two teams of this caliber compete, everyone is entitled to expect a little more animation. Raspadori understood it well, the only scorer after twenty minutes in a game that was dangerously heading towards a goalless goal, whose personal feat offered victory to the Azzurri Squad and relegated at the same time to the Three lions in league b
Manage, observe… or disturb?
A Scamacca helmet shot stopped by Pope early, a deflected attempt by Kane late, and a chronic inability to scare off opposing defenses. Here is, in short, what to remember from the first half period that saw Italy and England struggling to create chances. Possession is in favor of the visitors (54.7%), but speaking of dominance would not reflect the reality of the match. With only one shot on goal from each side, it is precisely the rear guards that mostly rule in this promising poster… on paper, where Immobile and Verratti or Calvert-Lewin are also missing.
Italy still in the hunt for the title, England in League B
Back from the locker room, fans of the show and the goals await bad news: Kane takes a hit and his bleeding suggests a change. Finally, the striker takes his place… Meanwhile, Barella misses the shot. Offside, in any case… That is to say, if little is happening in Milan. Raspadori barely shows up, as does Pope. Until that fairly controlled control of the attacker, his little walk on the surface in front of a Walker in plot mode and his beautiful roll finished off in the goalkeeper’s cages. 1-0, pleasure for the eyes at last! Logically, the English reaction was immediate: Kane tests Donnarumma’s gloves on the right side, but the goalkeeper’s legs remain solid to maintain this small advantage. The break is even very close, Pope intervening in front of Gabbiadini and being saved by the post from him right after. Second in the group, two points behind the Hungarian leader, Dimarco’s excellent Italy can still qualify for the the last four and win the competition. As to Three lionsit is descent.Italy (3-5-2): Donnarumma – Toloi, Bonucci, Acerbi – Di Lorenzo, Barella (Pobega, 63me), Jorginho (Emerson, 89me), Cristante, Dimarco (Frattesi, 89me) – Raspadori (Gabbiadini, 81me), Scamacca (Gnontus, 63me). Coach : Mancini.
England (4-2-3-1): Pope-Walker (Shaw, 72me), Maguire, Dier, James-Rice, Bellingham-Saka (Grealish, 71me), Sterling, Foden-Kane. Coach : South Gate.
By Florian Cadu