Italy finishes third in the Nations League after comfortably defeating Belgium (2-1)


  • Italy woke up after being without a final against Spain to finish on the podium

Italy, current European champion, was resurrected in The League of Nations after running out against Spain to finish third. Belgium could do little against the Italian strike, which prevailed with goals from Barella and Berardi. Ketelaere, a forward for Bruges, made up the score in the final minutes.

After interrupting against Spain their streak of 37 games without defeatsItaly was reunited with victory against a Belgium without Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard, injured, still visibly affected by the defeat suffered in the semifinals against France, in which they wasted a 2-0 in favor.

Mancini’s bet was better, who made five changes with respect to the eleven that fell to Spain, against a Belgium in which Martinez gave Kevin De Bruyne rest, in addition to the losses of Lukaku and Hazard, who returned to their country to start rehabilitation therapies for muscle injuries.

Courtois sustains Belgium

It was a monumental performance by Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in supporting Belgium in the first half. The madridista goal He was the protagonist with a great stop with one foot before a shot from Federico Chiesa, but he could only delay the “azzurrro” goal.

Again Barella, who had also broken to equality in the last confrontation with Belgium, in the quarterfinals of the European Championship, beat Courtois, this time with a great volley with his right leg in a set-piece action when the match had barely started. resumption.

The Inter midfielder paved the way for the triumph of the “azzurra” team, who extended distances in 64 thanks to a maximum penalty achieved by Chiesa and transformed by Berardi. Courtois sensed the angle of the shot, as happened to him on Thursday before Kylian Mbappé’s penalty, but had to give up despite touching the ball with one hand.

It was the 64th minute and Martínez had just given way to De Bruyne to give more verticality and weight to his team, which, without a doubt, was not helped by good luck in this final four.

An incapable Belgium against the European champion

The Belgian “Red Devils” encountered wood on up to three occasions. Alexis Saelemaekers rocked the crossbar in the first half, one of his team’s few chances, while Michy Bathsuayi and Yannick Carrasco smashed their spikes off the crossbar and a post respectively at the restart.

The curse was broken by the young talent of the Brujas Charles De Ketelaere, who beat goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to make it 1-2 on the scoreboard in 86, when however it was too late to force extra time.

Italy did not suffer to contain Belgium and finished in third place in the League of Nations to open a new cycle of triumphs, after the loss to Spain that interrupted their streak of 37 games without knowing the defeat.

The winner of the second edition of the League of Nations will be known tonight, when Spain and France will meet in San Siro.


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