“It was useless, but things have to be done well”


Italy starts again with regrets. Wins 3-2 in Turkey with Super Breakers. After being down for most of the first fraction, Roberto Mancini’s team overturns the match in a matter of minutes, from the 35th to the 38th.

Ready to go and the hosts immediately took the lead thanks to Cengiz Under. The OM attacker receives the ball at the edge of the area, goes away a Chiellini and beats Donnarumma with a not irresistible conclusion and a ball between his legs. The equalizer comes as a surprise with a header by Cristante after a precise punishment of Biraghi. The overtaking is the result of an intercepted by Tonali after a bad postponement by the opposing goalkeeper and a flash of Raspadori, who kills the direct scorer with a movement like a true striker and then beats the goalkeeper with a strong and precise conclusion. Italy finds the 3-1 goal in the 70th. Cross of Weather in Zaccagni deflected, shot by Biraghi and a winning conclusion by Raspadori who puts the Azzurri at a safe distance. Turkey shortens the gap to 83rd. On the development of a corner comes the goal of Dursun who anticipates Donnarumma and then sends the ball to the bottom of the bag. It is the goal that closes the match.

Mancini: “It was useless, but things must be done well”

“It is useless for the purposes of what it was worth, but one must try to do things well even when unfortunately there are negative things”. Reached by Rai’s microphones after the victory in Turkey, coach Roberto Mancini comments on his Italy 3-2: «The young players did well, we’re pleased. It was also nice to see the reaction after the 1-0. Here it was hot, the fans … They were good at staying calm and scoring goals ».

Then the game also grew. “Yes, they grew up in the game. It was the first time they played together, it wasn’t even that simple. ” A special consideration for Raspadori: «But they are all young, we need time. It wasn’t easy, even though the game wasn’t worth much. But they were good and I’m happy for them ». It is the reaction he wanted to confirm the idea of ​​moving forward. “Yup. I repeat, even if unfortunately we are not in a simple moment, the reaction was right ». Do regrets increase? “Unfortunately, they will be there until next December.”

Raspadori: “It was a disappointment, we start again from work”

«It was certainly a big disappointment and that’s why we were doubly good because facing a match with the right approach was important. The signal we wanted to give was to get up immediately. We had some problems at the beginning but it was an important victory in the end ». So Giacomo Raspadori spoke to Rai Sport after the victory against Turkey. He knows how to use both the right and the left.

«I think it is one of my characteristics that leads me to cover more roles and be in the best conditions to express myself. Having the ability to use both feet makes it easier for you to get out of certain situations. Thanks to the comrades who put me in a position to express myself ». On Mancini’s speech he says: «Having companions and people of this depth in this difficult moment helps a lot. They were tough days but thanks to them we had the courage and humility to start from scratch. When you have men, before players, of this depth, everything is easier for us. They make us feel ready even though sometimes the criticisms are heavy ».

How do you start from this disappointment? «I have always thought that my path is work. Have the courage to make mistakes and move on. When you have great success, the next day you are happy but you keep going. So for the defeats ».

Portugal and Poland fly to Qatar

Portugal and Poland go hand in hand at the World Cup. Portugal beat North Macedonia 2-0, Poland beat Sweden with the same result.

North Macedonia does not repeat the feat of Palermo and falls under the blows of the strongest Portugal. At the Estadio do Dragao, Fernando Santos ‘team hits the goal of qualifying for the World Cup by winning 2-0 against the Italians’ executioners. The usual Bruno Fernandes decides with a brace, using first the assist of Cristiano Ronaldo and then that of Diogo Jota. Rafael Leao enters the final for the party of the Lusitanians and CR7, who will play the World Cup for the fifth time.

The dream of Sweden and Zlatan Ibrahimovic is shattered against Poland. This time the Scandinavians are unable to achieve the feat that was centered four years ago against Italy; the playoffs are fatal to Janne Andersson’s boys, who fall in Chorzów under the blows of Lewandowski (penalty) and Zielinski. After a balanced first half, with a slight predominance of Kulusevski and associates, the match is released immediately at the beginning of the second half thanks to the Bayern Munich striker, who transforms the penalty won by Krychowiak. At 73 ‘comes the doubling of the attacking midfielder of Napoli, then Olsen avoids the collapse. Ibra enters ten minutes from the end but fails to affect, Poland are the 24th qualified for the World Cup.

United Arab Emirates in the playoffs with Australia

The United Arab Emirates beat South Korea 1-0 at home and conquer the third place in Group A of the Asian qualifiers at Qatar 2022 which allows them to play the play-off against Australia, third in group B. The winner will access the intercontinental playoff. In the other match of the group of the United Arab Emirates, Syria and Iraq drew 1-1.

Ghana in Qatar, Osimhen’s Nigeria eliminated

Osimhen’s Nigeria is out of the running for the 2022 World Cup. The 1-1 draw against Ghana by Felix Afena-Gyan, who flies to the World Cup in Qatar thanks to a 1-1 away draw after the 0-0 win in Qatar, is decisive. gone. In fact, the away goals rule is still valid in the African qualifiers. Thomas Partey broke the deadlock and gave Ghana the lead in the 10th minute. The reaction of the hosts came in the 22nd minute with a penalty converted by William Troost-Ekong. At 34 ‘Nigeria also found the goal of the advantage with Victor Osimhen who overcame the opposing defense and signed the 2-1. The referee, however, stops everything and after a consultation with the Var cancels the goal for offside.

Senegal beat Egypt on penalties and go to Qatar

Penalties are needed to bring Senegal to win over Egypt in the world playoffs for the African continent. Salah’s 1-0 in the first leg is answered by Boulaye Dia’s goal in the second leg that leads first to extra time and then to penalties. Almost everyone is wrong, from Salah to Koulibaly, but it is Mostafa Moahmed who condemns Egypt because Sané is not wrong and brings the Lions of Teranga to Qatar.

A place also for Tunisia, Morocco and Cameroon

Tunisia, Morocco and Cameroon are the last three African teams for the Qatar 2022 World Cup which brings the number of teams that have obtained the pass to 27. Tunisia drew 0-0 at home to Mali in the playoffs after winning the first leg 1-0. Morocco beat Congo 4-1 after drawing 1-1 in the first leg. Ounahi scored a double for Morocco, followed by Tissoudali and Hakimi. Between Algeria and Cameroon everything in extra time. With Cameroon leading 1-0, Ahmed Touba signs the draw (1-1) in the 119th minute, which the North Africans are strong in the 1-0 first leg win. But the illusion of going to the World Cup lasts only a few minutes. Karl Toko Ekambi scores the 2-1 goal in the 123rd minute that gives the pass to Cameroon.


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