Italy prolonged their unbeaten run to 19 video games with a 1-1 draw at dwelling to the Netherlands on Wednesday, though they had been knocked off the highest of their Nations League group within the course of.
Lorenzo Pellegrini put Italy forward within the 16th minute of an entertaining sport however Donny van de Beek levelled 9 minutes later because the Dutch ended a run of three video games with out scoring.
Italy, with six factors from 4 video games, had been overtaken on the high of League A Group One by Poland who beat Bosnia 3-Zero and have seven. The Dutch are third with 5.
However, that didn’t hassle Italy coach Roberto Mancini. “We’ll win the last two games and we’ll qualify,” he mentioned.
The match was staged in Bergamo, the place Italy final performed in 2006, as a tribute to the northern metropolis which was on the epicentre this 12 months of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.
The hosts, who’ve gained 14 video games and drawn 5 since their defeat in Portugal in September 2018, went forward with their first actual assault. Nicolo Barella’s diagonal crossfield go discovered Pellegrini who collected the ball in his stride and clipped his shot previous Jasper Cillessen.
Barella, who has flourished underneath Mancini’s management, was once more Italy’s high participant as he repeatedly opened up the Dutch defence. Italy threatened from an identical transfer however, simply as they gave the impression to be getting on high, the Dutch equalised.
Frenkie de Jong broke down the left and crossed, Memphis Depay’s shot was blocked and Van de Beek reacted rapidly to fireplace the rebound into the highest of the online.
The sport may have gone both manner in an end-to-end second half however neither aspect may put the crowning glory to their strategy work.
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saved his aspect with a wonderful block from Depay whereas, on the different finish, Hans Hateboer misplaced the ball to Ciro Immobile who had solely Cillessen to beat however his shot was too near the Dutch goalkeeper.
That summed up a irritating evening for Immobile, Serie A’s high scorer final season, who missed an identical probability within the first half.