In Group A of the UEFA A-League, they add 4 and 3, respectively, while Portugal played two matches, but scored six. Because of the three teams, this is the Azzurri final in Group 3. They are undoubtedly the best team in the table than in Poland at the end of the table, and they broke both direct clashes (the first criterion is considered). If two teams draw points, when they win 1, draw 1 with that opponent.
Roberto Mancini officially became the new coach of Italy in May 2018. After half a year leading Thien Thanh, it can be said that he did not bring any significant positive signal. The 53-year-old opened the way to Italy with a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia. But five consecutive games, Mancini's Azzurri failed to finish the game (2). They lost to France by 1 to 3 and lost to Portugal 0-1 in the first match of the League of Nations. Mancini's Italy were unlucky to have rivals like Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine in a 1-1 draw. In the League of Nations, they beat Poland in the second minute, Mancini celebrated his victory (possibly with Italy remaining in the A-League ) Italy won the championship.
Italian under Mancini is a combination of veteran veterans (Bonucci, Chiellini) with young talents (Barella, Donnarumma, Chiesa …). However, half a year has passed Mancini still can not make a clear move. The biggest disappointment is that in the last six games, Italy did not score more than one goal per game. The selection is welcome, all the names mentioned are fully present, in which Chiellini marks the 100th place in the selection and is the 7th Italian to reach this milestone.
In the program, the two young men from Chiesa, Insigne and Immobile, had the chance. In fact, this is also the best option for the technician Mancini at the moment. In the midfield, "Pirlo minor" Veratti takes on the role of rhythm, leading the game alongside a mobile Jorginho with the youth of Barella. Meanwhile, the Portuguese are still full of confidence, even if they continue to call Ronaldo (after the 2018 World Cup, the CR7 disappeared from the national team to help the superstar avoid overloading. However, Fernando Santos' army has been undefeated ever since.
Seleccao is now a collection of high profile young players like Ruben Dias in defense, Neves, Bernardo Silva in the midfield and Andre Silva in the attacker. Of course none of them are absent from the game against Italy. With home advantage and determination "and still slap water" (if Azzurra win still have the opportunity to win the top of the table, which means to participate in the UEFA Champions League next summer to gather four top-four A ranking teams), Italy is full of excitement.
The first dangerous opportunity belonged to the home team when Insigne caught the ball in the foot of Carvalho and broke right into the middle of the defense before firing a dangerous pitch at 16m50, but goalkeeper Rui Patricio (using Premier League wolves Ruben Neves, champion of the The first half of the first half, Italy completely dominates the visitors of the Iberian peninsula, but they do not easily threaten the goal when Selecao held a fairly tight defense with many layers were erected.
In fact, Portugal simply did not miss this game is certainly without worrying about the final match against Poland. In addition, everyone knows that coach Fernando Santos pursues the pragmatic philosophy, so it is difficult to expect that "Brazil of Europe" is beautiful in this context. So although the one-way match and the home team are actively attacking, but not very attractive. Immobile broke the deadlock after 34 minutes, but Rui Patricio was also quick to neutralize the attacker.
Shortly after, the ball was brought to the net by Bonucci Portugal, but the goals were denied by the Italian player before the foul. At the end of the first half, the situation was not much better with Azzurra, although it is very difficult to deal with different forms of attack. 49 minutes, the goal of Portugal fell in the wind after a spectacular attack, but the final shot of the Insigne touched a player and then leave.
Just as in the first half, Italy still presses Selecao's patience and the desperation of the home team. The more frustrated the more and when the time passed by the end of the second half, Italy no longer maintain the enthusiasm, the blood fire in the attack. This is the opportunity for Portugal to start shooting after hiding. 74 minutes, received the ball from André Silva, João Mario – Inter Milan midfielder Serie A – deal with a few wrists and made a shot, but stretch very far against the bar. A few minutes later, William Carvalho made a dangerous left-footer at the edge of the area and only the reflexes of Donnarumma's quick reflexes helped the Azzurri to avoid a goal.
After 83 minutes, Federico Chiesa fell into the Portugal box, but there was no whistle. So it was Insigne's luck to try to get out of the 16m50 line and the ball did not hit the target. For the rest of the season, Italy had only a few more sporadic situations, especially Pellegrini's header in the corner and Patricio's goalkeeper. Thus, without missing out on Italy as planned, the Seleção soon ended the UEFA Champions League group stage this season with the number 1 to play in the finals next summer. The last game with Poland was so formal.
ITALY (4-3-3): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Alessandro Florenz, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Cristiano Biraghi; Marco Verratti (Pellegrini 81 & # 39;), Jorginho, Nicolo Barella; Federico Chiesa (Berardi 87 & 39;), Ciro Immobile (Lasanha 74 & 39;), Lorenzo Insigne.
PORTUGAL (4-3-3): Rui Patricio; João Cancelo, Ruben Dias, José Fonte, Mario Rui; Pizzi (João Mário 68), William Carvalho, Ruben Neves; Bruma (Warrior 85), André Silva (Danilo 90 & # 39;), Bernardo Silva.
Cong Minh (TTVN)