Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Italy – Match Report – November 18, 2020


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Bosnia and Herzegovina vs.  Italy - Match Report - November 18, 2020

(EFE) – The Italy selection did not fail this Wednesday in his visit to the Bosnia Herzegovina in Sarajevo and, with his solid 2-0 win, sealed the ticket to the final phase of the UEFA Nations League of football, by finishing leader of group 1 of League A ahead of Holland.

Italy will play the title, from October 6 to 10, 2021, together with Spain, France and Belgium, in a final phase in which it will most likely be the host country (Milan and Turin), something that will be made official on October 3 December by UEFA at the meeting of its Executive Committee, in which the semifinal pairings will also be known.

Roberto Mancini’s selected, also absent this Wednesday to remain positive for coronavirus After missing the friendly against Estonia and the Nations League match against Poland, they finished the group undefeated with twelve points, the result of three victories and three draws, with seven goals in favor for only two conceded.

At the Grbavica stadium in Sarajevo, Italy did not give a choice to a Bosnia in which Barcelona’s Miralem Pjanic started in midfield, but was hampered by absences, led by Roma striker Edin Dzeko, positive for coronavirus.

Italy also faced the appointment with illustrious casualties, such as Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Marco Verratti, Lorenzo Pellegrini or Ciro Immobile, but their substitutes achieved the objective with authority.

It was a great recovery of the ball by Manuel Locatelli in the center of the field and a quick transition down the left wing by Lorenzo Insigne in originating the goal from the Italian advantage, signed by “Gallo” Belotti with a perfect volley (22 ‘).

The Torino striker, who had forgiven two good chances shortly before, was reunited with the goal with Italy a year after the last time, which dated back to November 15, 2019 precisely against Bosnia.

The mental and tactical improvements made by Italy under Mancini management turned them into a team with identity, which moves the ball with quality and good rhythm, something that gives back hope in the country after the sporting and economic failure experienced in 2018 with Giampiero Ventura on the bench.

Three days ago against Poland, the “azzurri” scored the final 2-0 after 27 consecutive passes and this Wednesday in Sarajevo Mancini’s men returned to practice attractive football.

After narrowing the double lead with a great personal move and a shot to the post by Insigne before the break, Italy widened the margin in the 69th minute when Berardi scored a volley from his teammate at Sassuolo Locatelli.

It was the award for several actions of merit built by Italy, which, defensively, could count on an impeccable Gianluigi Donnarumma in the few opportunities Bosnia had.

The Bosnian team, who descended to League B with only two points, had no comeback options and even ended the match outnumbered because of a serious muscle injury to Sinisa Sanicanin, which occurred when his team had already made five changes.

His defeat could have been even more bulky, if the stick did not repel a left-footed shot released by Federico Bernardeschi at 88 ‘, who had just taken the field.


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