September 18, 2018
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Nations League, Portugal-Italy 1-0: André Silva’s goal

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The Azzurri lost 1-0 in Lisbon: the match was decided by the former Milan at the beginning of the second half. For the team of Mancini still a bad race after the 1-1 with Poland

The exultation for André Silva's goal.  Lapresse

The exultation for André Silva’s goal. Lapresse

The collision with the asteroid Nations League seriously risks to eclipse the New Italy of Roberto Mancini: after the 1-1 against Poland (suffering too much and thanking the Church), here is the meteorite-Portugal that splits the blue, sanctifies the race at home, we bend with a goal by André Silva and luckily there is Donnarumma able to avoid a heavy hailstorm. A point in two races means that – forward like this and without winning in Poland – Italy could sit on the third step of the standings and retreat in Serie B. Better not, after the shame of the non-World. It needs to grow quickly. For strength.
JUVE ONLY PORTUGUESE – The Mancio approaches the Da Luz with 9 different men compared to the debut against Poland in Bologna. Change all the defense except Donnarumma (from the right, Lazzari, Caldara, Romagnoli, Criscito), confirms Jorginho in the middle of the field backed by the duo Bonaventura-Cristante and the attack lives of the Church in the trident with Zaza and Immobile. “We have changed because we have to protect the players, we played 72 hours ago and we can not put anyone at risk” said Roberto Mancini a few hours before the match. The fact is that since 1 ‘there is not even a blue player of Juventus, which instead hosts Cancelo with the Portuguese, fished after the non-convening in Russia 2018. Fernando Santos, from there, he does not have CR7 but he puts together a nice elastic on the left with Bruma (that Mancio had at Galatasaray) and Mario Rui while in front he sees again André Silva, ex Milan. The start is very Portuguese (occasion for William Carvalho, which often rises behind the tips, but in offside) but Italy takes the blow and starts with that thrust that Mancio was very happy in the second half against Poland: the first true shot on goal, in fact, is by Fede Chiesa, central and legible but evidence of an appreciable capacity for proposal.
RESOURCEFULNESS AND FRAGILITY – Shortly before half an hour, and after small isolated fires, the race increases intensity and flames: one is made in Italy (Zaza does not develop a favorable situation in the area), the other sees Romagnoli devitalize on the goal line an opportunity by Bernardo Silva born of a dazzling output of Donnarumma. Another half suffering comes from a cross-car hit by Cristante on a cross by Bernardo Silva. In short, at the turn of the 30 ‘we are living in a phase in which Italy loses its distance and a bit of lucidity in the maintenance of coverage: in fact, Portugal snorts and pushes and stands up giving Italy an impression of confused fragility . Mancio gets upset and gets angry, Balotelli looks from the tribune and in short, the coach does not see the right aid of the attackers in the pro-midfielder returns, certifying in fact the superiority (of dribbling and numerical) of the Portuguese in the heart of the system. The first half ends with a blow (central) from outside Jorginho, an occasion of Zaza (crushed and repressed) and evidence: possession of the ball of Portugal over 60%, while Mancio calls a pressing that c ‘ it is and it is not there. A team that has been changed for 9 eleven can not be oiled but the idea of ​​doing exists even if the balance often leaps air into the Portuguese gusts.
4-2-4 – Gusts that become a storm at the dawn of recovery: Lazzari (seventh deb ERA Mancio: good wing, much less full-back) is late on Bruma, the substitute of Cristiano Ronaldo flies to the left, Italy unbalanced, ball André Silva in the right wing of the area, the time to fix the ball is there, to score also. Mancio says “Ma daaaai” as the caption of an unbalanced Italy and off the chessboard from right to left. Does Italy react? Now, little: Donnarumma dives to the big diagonal of Bernardo Silva addressed in the “seven” and meanwhile Mancio inserts Berardi for Immobile and Emerson Palmieri for Criscito. The problem is that Santos responds with Renato Sanches and Gelson Martins, two talents, the first found and the other explosive. Zaza tries us head,
A YEAR WITHOUT – What changes? Substantially nothing: Donnarumma para twice more (one on Renato Sanches) as a success against Poland and in short remains a point in two games but also the anger to see a failure of Pepe on Church sanctioned only with the yellow. Appointment to October 14, will play Poland-Italy: considering that the Blues do not win an official competition since October 2017, the risk-eclipse should be broken there. For a thousand reasons.
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