Launched by an achievement by Lorenzo Pellegrini, Italy was ultimately unable to do better than a draw against the Netherlands (1-1) this Wednesday evening in Bergamo. A logical result at the end of a rather rhythmic match, which nevertheless makes the National his status as leader of group 1.
Italy 1 – 1 Netherlands
Buts: Pellegrini (16e) for Italy // Van de Beek (25e) for the Netherlands
After his frustrating draw in Poland (0-0) a few days earlier, Italy had the opportunity to almost take the Netherlands out of the race for first place in Group 1 of this League of Nations. But it was not, partly the fault of Hans Hateboer’s teammates who have shown a collective strength greater than that of the last outings since Frank de Boer took office.
You have to wait a quarter of an hour to play in Bergamo to see a first spark. The one caused by the duo Federico Chiesa – Nicolò Barella, right side, which later leads to a caviar of the Inter player for Lorenzo Pellegrini who adjusts without shaking Jasper Cillessen (1-0, 16e). Italy is ahead, and is not even far from the break, but Ciro Immobile stumbles for the first time on the Valencia goalkeeper a few minutes later (23e). In a hurry, the Orange will soon react in the best possible way. With a bit of success in the heart of the surface, Memphis Depay finds Donny van de Beek who cleans Gianluigi Donnarumma’s scope and equalizes (1-1, 25e). Under the impetus of a brilliant Frenkie de Jong, the Netherlands gained control over the minutes, but failed to frame again, like this head of Luuk de Jong, however in an ideal position (36e).
After the locker room, the pace is still strong and it takes a big Donnarumma to prevent Depay from hitting the jackpot (54e). The visitors occupy the Italian camp, but are not far from imploding when, on the other side of the meadow, Ciro Immobile goes alone against, but once again loses his face-to-face with Cillessen (56e). The minutes pass, and Italy gradually regains its senses. Without really succeeding in worrying the Dutch cage, despite the entries of Parisians Moise Kean or Alessandro Florenzi. The score does not move any more, and Italy loses its place of leader to the profit of Poland, victorious of Bosnia (3-0). A way to remind Roberto Mancini that there is still work to be done before finding Italy at its level.
Italy (4-3-3): Donnarumma – D’Ambrosio, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola – Verratti (Locatelli, 55e), Jorginho, Barella – Church (Kean, 55e), Immobile, Pellegrini (Florenzi, 72e). Coach: Roberto Mancini.
Netherlands (4-3-3): Cillessen – Hateboer, De Vrij, Van Dijk, Ake – Van de Beek, De Jong, Blind (Veltman, 77e) – Wijnaldum, De Jong, Depay (Babel, 90e+2). Coach: Frank de Boer.
By Andrea Chazy