(EFE) – The Italian team, with a long series of rotations, overwhelmed Moldova 6-0 this Wednesday in a friendly played at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence that served as preparation for the next two matches of the UEFA Nations League against Poland (October 11) and the Netherlands (October 14).
A double by Stephan El Shaarawy, together with goals from Francesco Caputo, Bryan Cristante, Domenico Berardi and an own goal from Veaceslav Posmac, solved a comfortable match for Roberto Mancini’s team.
Italy, which will open the European Championship next June at the Roman Olympic against Turkey, in a group that also includes Switzerland and Wales, took advantage of this friendly to give an opportunity to players who had less prominence with the “azzurra” shirt.
The number of footballers who debuted as internationals under Mancini’s management increased to 27, since, in addition to Caputo, Cagliari goalkeeper Alessio Cragno also entered the match.
After the World Cup failure lived with Gian Piero Ventura on the bench, Mancini has assembled a competitive team, which won all its qualifying matches for the European Championship and has not lost since September 2018 (0-1 against Portugal).
The last prestigious victory achieved in the Netherlands (1-0) vertically increased the enthusiasm of an Italy that was measured this Wednesday, in a Franchi stadium in Florence behind closed doors, with a Moldova that, for its part, competes in the Nations League third division and has not won a match since June 2019.
And on the pitch, Italy showed its clear superiority. A double by El Shaarawy, who had not played an official match since last March, Caputo’s first full international goal, a header by Bryan Cristante and an own goal by Veaceslav Posmac gave Italy a 5-0 lead beforehand. of rest.
The Italian players particularly celebrated the target of Caputo, the second oldest player to debut with the “azzurra” shirt, after former Valencia defender Emiliano Moretti.
With Federico Chiesa, recently signed by Juventus, Andrea Belotti, Marco Verratti or Ciro Immobile who were not called up to save energy, Mancini continued to give way to his ‘B’ unit in the resumption, with players such as winger Vincenzo Grifo, forwards Moise Kean and Kevin Lasagna or the goal Tommaso Cragno who had minutes.
And precisely in a good move by Vincenzo Grifo, a German Freiburg player, the only goal of the second half originated on the left wing, signed by Domenico Berardi to sentence the clash with the final 6-0.