Bologna (Italy) – The Czech footballers lost 0-0 to Italy in the first of two preparatory matches before the European Championship. The four-time world champions decided in Bologna in the opening half, when Ciro Immobile and Nicolo Barella hit the spots. After the change of sides, Lorenzo Insigne and Domenico Berardi prevailed.
For the Czech national team, it is a balanced second hardest defeat in independent history, with a higher difference they lost only the year before in the European qualification in England (0: 5). They lost by four or more goals for the fourth time.
On Tuesday, the Czech team will play the general in front of the Euro in Prague on Letná against Albania. Coach Jaroslav Šilhavý’s charges did not win for the third time in a row in conjunction with the March world qualification and lost for the fourth time in the last five outdoor matches.
The Italians, for whom today’s duel was the general for the championship, on the other hand, confirmed their excellent form. The third most successful team in the history of the World Cup in the last eight matches won without a conceded goal and extended the invincibility to 27 matches.
Šilhavý did not place the support of Souček with Schick or the goalkeeper Vaclík in his basic set, over whom Pavlenka took precedence. Hložek and Kalas were missing due to injuries.
The Czech team, which has been preparing for a training camp in northern Italy since Monday, started actively, but did not benefit from a good introduction. The favorite added and opened the score in the 23rd minute. Brabec turned the trench into the lime only to Immobile, who broke through Pavlenka over Čelůstka.
The guests also collected the second goal after the run. Barella took advantage of the fact that the defenders backed up in front of him, stretched in front of the lime and Bořil unhappily knocked the ball into his own net.
Immediately after the break, Šilhavý sent three substituting players Souček, Schick and Zima to the lawn, but the Czech team still did not do very well. In the 50th minute, after Berardi’s shot from a direct kick to the front post, Pavlenka had to hit, after eight minutes Insigne’s pointed shot ended a bit outside. After the next corner, he headed right next to Chiellini.
In the 66th minute, the “squadra azzura” increased. On the pass from Immobile, Insigne ran on the edge of the offside and on the day of his 30th birthday, he pushed himself through the shot on the back post.
In the next seven minutes, the young man Zima lost the ball and the subsequent Italian combination action was clearly completed by Berardi, who let Pavlenka fall and dug the ball into the net.
In the last 10 minutes, Sadílek also got on the lawn, who scored the first start for the national team A-team, but he was no longer able to move the result. The Czech team did not win in Italy even in the 19th match in the basic playing time.
Šilhavý’s charges will enter the championship on June 14 in Glasgow against Scotland, then there they will compete with Croatia and play against England in London.
Votes after the match:
Roberto Mancini (Italy coach): “We played well against an excellent team, that’s a good sign before the European Championships. It took us about 10 minutes to get into the game. But I believed we would play the way we played afterwards. But we still need to improve. We have a young team and there are still many aspects that we can improve in the match. But playing such a successful preparatory match is a good signal. “
Jaroslav Šilhavý (Czech coach): “Poor performance, bad result. In my opinion, we played probably the worst I am here with (the team). It must be added that with a great team. Not only strong but also tactically advanced. They gave us a very clear lesson. We have to take it “We haven’t had more today. Maybe it’s better now than on the Euro itself. We have to take it apart tomorrow and learn from it. I want to believe that we will soon get away with it and build on previous performances, not today’s one.”
Vladimir Darida (captain of the Czech Republic): “We won’t lie to us, the match didn’t work out. We had problems attacking the Italians. We couldn’t get through the Italian presink properly and we often lost unnecessarily. We have to analyze it tomorrow and learn from the match.”
Alex King (midfielder of the Czech Republic): “It was a difficult test, but we can be happy for it. These are exactly the teams we need to compete with. Only these matches will move us further. We caught the first minutes well, but the Italians took over the reins during the first half. We’ve played good matches with strong opponents somehow. We’ve already played good matches with strong opponents, but today it wasn’t like that. Let’s take it apart, we definitely have something to work on.
Jakub Brabec (defender of the Czech Republic): “We are preparing for the Euro, it’s a great test right now with Italy. We knew what we were going for. Of course the expectation was that we would clearly do better. The introduction somehow worked out, but we didn’t get to the chance and then we collected after mistakes. “The Italians have confirmed the quality. It is better that it has come now. It is still a week to the Euro and we have something to work on.”
Italy – Czech Republic 4: 0 (2: 0)
Goals: 23. Immobile, 42. Barella, 66. Insigne, 73. Berardi. Judges: Tschudi – Josipovic, Sbrissa (all Swiss). No cards. Attendance: 1000 (limited number).
Italy: Donnarumma – Florenzi (86. Tolói), Bonucci, Chiellini (64. Acerbi), Spinazzola (63. Emerson) – Barella, Jorginho (63. Cristante), Locatelli – Berardi (77. Chiesa), Immobile (78. Raspadori), Insigne. Trenér: Mancini.
CR: Pavlenka – Coufal, Čelůstka (46th Winter), Brabec, Bořil – King, Darida (81st Sadílek) – Masopust (61st Ševčík), Barák (46th Souček), Jankto (61st Otter) – Krmenčík (46th Schick ). Coach: Squinting.
Other preparatory football matches:
Northern Macedonia – Kazakhstan 4: 0 (1: 0)
Goals: 35. Alioski z pen., 57. Tričkovski, 74. Ristovski, 76. Čurlinov. ČK: 45. + 2 Mužikov (Kaz.).
Finland – Estonia 0: 1 (0: 0)
Branka: 59. Sappinen z pen.
Spain – Portugal 0: 0
20:00 Budapest: Hungary – Cyprus.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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