Winning in the land where Azeglio Vicini was born with a national team full of young people is a good ticket for the future. It is not enough to erase the disappointment of missing the World Cup for the second time in a row, but Roberto Mancini can smile at how Italy faced and beat Hungary coached by his friend Marco in Cesena, in the second round of the Nations League. Rossi.
Thanks to the goals of Stretcher and Pilgrims, more and more leader of the group and without breaking down after Gianluca Mancini’s own goal. In a difficult challenge, against a physical and motivated team, despite being June. In fact, these national team matches were born accompanied by the controversy over whether to add official commitments, at the end of the season, to players who are already tired and head to the holidays.
But the climate breathed at the Orogel Stadium in Cesena was just a little summer. The Magyars arrived in Romagna after the surprise victory over England, escorted by a squadron of fans, over 1,500, who cheered their national team from start to finish, many in dark uniforms, making themselves feel stronger and more organized. of home fans. Before the game there were also moments of disorder in a bar, with some ultras from Cesena, immediately resolved by the police. President Viktor Orban, a sovereignist who sees sport as one of the sectors that affirm their social model, also flew to accompany Hungary on the road. Usual orange tie and a big red white and green scarf, he sat in the stands arriving almost an hour before the initial whistle. But not even the Azzurri renewed by Mancini interpreted the game lightly.
They entered the field concentrated, immediately dangerous twice with Gianluca Mancini, promoted to the center of defense and on the second occasion the response of goalkeeper Dibusz was beautiful. Gnonto had time to click a ball and then to have a conclusion rejected after one of the many good ideas he had during the game, played all and keeping what he had promised in the remnants against the Germans. Donnarumma then, before the advantage, saved twice, once on Sallai diagonally and then in a low exit with his feet. The goal came at half an hour to finalize an action on the left of Spinazzola, with the Inter player who arranged the ball from the edge and slipped it under the opposite intersection, thanks also to a slight deviation. The doubling matured at the end of the first half and was again the result of a game played from the wing, this time from the right where Politano put in the middle and Pellegrini, now one of the key men, took advantage of an indecision of the defense and bagged .
As announced on the eve, Mancini has changed quite a lot compared to Germany, he has not distorted. The positive indications came from Donnarumma, who wanted to play despite the problems with a little finger and from a series of good choral actions. In the second half the Azzurri also had opportunities to score again, the best with Politano, who hit the crossbar from the edge. Above all, nothing has changed in spirit after the unfortunate own goal by Gianluca Mancini, who sent a low cross from the newly entered Fiola into his own goal. In the end, there are three points of hope, confirming the positive tradition of this stadium for the national team, which has always won here.
Germany and England 1-1 in a match of group 3 of the Serie A of the Nations League, which also includes Italy. Germans in the lead with Hofmann in the 5 ‘st, English equalizer with Kane on a penalty in the 43’ st.
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