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Italy and the Netherlands put on a brilliant show with five goals. Mancini corrected his mistake

Date: June 18, 2024 Time: 11:29:16

Italy and the Netherlands put on a brilliant show with five goals. Mancini corrected his mistake

Anatoly Romanov June 18, 2023, 18:19 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

The Squadra Azzurra changed tactics and won the match for third place in the League of Nations.

The Italian team won bronze in the League of Nations. In a brilliant match for third place, Roberto Mancini’s team defeated the Dutch hosts.

Mancini attributed the semifinal loss to Spain as a departure from the 4-3-3 tactical formation:

“Some deviation from our usual tactics probably cost us to reach the final. Goal at the end… In the first half we played 3-5-2, and everything went well, as expected. We disappeared after the break and had trouble tackling the ball. In the second half, we were constantly under pressure, and things could have turned out differently if we went back to our usual 4-3-3 formation.

How the Netherlands and Italy lost the Nations League semi-finals:

In the match for third place, the Azzurra really went back to their favorite model. At the same time, Mancini shook up the composition. For example, for Miranchuk’s teammate, the central defender from Torino Buongiorno, the game with the Netherlands became a debut in the national team. At the center of attack in a 4-3-3 was naturalized Argentine Retegui, who had previously scored twice in two games for Italy. But the head coach of the Dutch, Ronald Koeman, almost did not change the base regarding the semifinal with Croatia. However, he also adjusted his tactics: the locals played 4-2-3-1.

Now Mancini must have been pleased with how his system was working from the opening whistle. The guests created an early goal in the sixth minute – the first shot on goal! In this episode, Retegi could score if he hit the ball while trying to break through. But the masterpiece did not happen, and the attack was continued by Raspadori (assistant) and Dimarco (scorer). In general terms, the confrontation between the Inter partners Dimarco and Dumfries on the right flank of the Dutch team’s defense became one of the main events in this match. The duel was won by the Italian, while his rival looked tired after the Champions League final and two more games in a week.

The hosts lacked team speed and non-standard individual actions of the players of the attacking group. Ahead of the good “orange” players, but not yet the stars. There have been better times when it came to matchmaking. Throughout the first half, the Dutch did not hit a single shot on goal and, except for the Gakpo moment, they created shortly before the break. And Mancini’s team scored two goals with two shots on goal. The second-goal episode began with Dimarco’s charge into the somewhat empty Dumfries area, and Frattesi was lucky with the post-match rebound. The midfielder scored for the first time with the Italian team.

A triple substitution at half-time woke up the Dutch team. The locals moved the ball better, and in the first five minutes the “orange” organized more moments of danger than in the entire first half. The best chance came again from Gakpo, whom Toloi put back, but the Liverpool striker fired straight at Donnarumma. It’s worth noting that de Jong dropped to the centre-back position. However, when he played the ball, he would rise higher, towards the support zone. This is the characteristic of Koeman, so he played as a central defender and Gertrade.

A goal against the Italian team was brewing, and it happened. Squadra Azzurra had practically no counterplay, Retegi somehow got lost without the support of partners. In the second half, in the 68th minute, the visitors only had one missed shot on goal, while the hosts had eight and three on target. Bergwijn resolved the episode after the cross and the rebound, stopping when Dimarco, in the fall, tried to block his shot.

But the Dutch team went too wide and still got caught on the counterattack. The hope of the orange for the tie lasted only four minutes. Substitute ten minutes earlier, Chiesa brilliantly worked the episode. He helped Dimarco defend to take the ball from Dumfries and flew into the Beilo gates. He drove the “ball into the pocket” with a shot off the bar, from under van Dijk, into the far corner.

However, the ending of the game still turned out to be attractive. The Netherlands pressed until the final whistle. And what prevented him from playing like this from the beginning? Weghorst’s unsuccessful goal in 2023 was disallowed for offside, but in the 89th minute Wijnaldum made the score 2:3 after a clever pass from Bergwijn. Then there was a lot of “orange”, almost 11 minutes of injury time. Italy fought back.

Five goals scored, 32 hits for two: the Nations League bronze match was a success.

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