Leading Team Italy edge Dutch to move top of NL group

LONDON: A leading Team Italy performance forced them past the Netherlands 1-0 and to the top of their Nations League group on Monday.

In Amsterdam Nicolo Barella headed in the only goal soon before halftime as Italy missed chances. But last Friday the presentation will go a long way to helping the Azzurri put the dissatisfaction of drawing against Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-1 behind them.

Said Winger “It was a great performance by the entire team, we played with personality. We earned a great result and we are all happy, especially with the performance,” and Lorenzo Insigne. “We could have scored more goals and killed the game but we still earned the three points. That is what counts most.”

Some critics hardened that achievement by pointing out that none of those victories were against the so-called ‘big teams’ of international football on the 11thy victory on Italy in 12 matches.

Italy coach Roberto Mancini said, “I am happy for the mentality and the presentation.”

He also added, “The lads really played well, they were extraordinary. You don’t win 11 matches in a row if you don’t have a good mentality and a good system of play. Even if the teams weren’t of the level of the Netherlands or Germany, if you win it still means you have something.”

The main baffling second for Italy came when forward Nicolo Zaniolo, playing his first global since coming back from a genuine knee injury, limped off in the 42nd moment after a test by Donny van de Beek.

“Zaniolo has seriously twisted his knee. It’s hard to make a comparison with the other knee, which was operated on so we’ll have to see,” Italy team doctor Andrea Ferretti said. “He is very worried, as we all are.”

However, Mancini said Zaniolo was calmer as the pain had reduced.

The success sent Italy to the head of League a Group 1 as Poland beat Bosnia 2-1 in the gathering’s other match. Italy have a point more than the Netherlands and Poland, and three more than Bosnia.Poland enlisted their first focuses in Zeneca in spite of the proceeded with nonappearance of rested striker Robert Lewandowski. Haris Hajradinovic put Bosnia ahead on 24 minutes with a punishment yet Kamil Glik’s incredible header pulled Poland level at the break before Kamil Grosicki gestured home the champ.


Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, international football has returned for the first time, each of the 54 games that are occurring across Europe more than six days are dependent upon exacting cleanliness measures, including the avoidance of fans. Players needed to finish required pregame tests for COVID-19.

The Czech Republic needed to name another crew as ordinary individuals and mentor Jaroslav Silhavy were isolated after Friday’s 3-1 win in Slovakia following a Covid flare-up in the group camp. Driven by David Holoubek, mentor of the under-18 public group, and with just two of the 23 having played for the public group previously, the Czechs lost at home to Scotland 2-1 in League B.

Scotland’s triumph in Olomouc sent them head of Group 2.

Jakub Pesek put the home side in front early yet Scotland hit back through Lyndon Dykes who got his first global objective on 27 minutes. Skipper Andy Robertson at that point won a punishment and Ryan Christie changed over the subsequent spot-kick for Steve Clarke’s men.

Israel attracted at home to Slovakia 1-1 in a similar gathering.

In Group 1, Erling Haaland got twice as Norway shook off their initial misfortune to Austria with a 5-1 whipping of Northern Ireland. Paddy McNair counteracted Mohamed Elyounoussi’s fine completion however Haaland, who struck his first global objective in Friday’s destruction, pounded in from the edge of the region to reestablish Norway’s lead. Alexander Sorloth scored twice, the second by means of a help from Haaland who finished the scoring on the hour with another amazing completion. Romania end up being the best against Austria in Klagenfurt, with Denis Alibec, Dragos Grigore and Alexandru Maxim on target in a 3-2 victory. Christoph Baumgartner had leveled for the hosts and Karim Onisiwo struck a late reassurance as Austria surrendered top spot in the gathering to their adversaries.

In League C, Kazakhstan lost at home to Belarus 2-0, and Lithuania won in Albania 1-0.

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