Italycurrent European champion, became this Monday the third guest at the Final Four of the UEFA Nations League 2022-2023after winning as a visitor 0-2 to Hungary on the Puskas Arena in Budapest.
The ‘Azzura’ he joined to Croatia and the Netherlands and, like the Dutch team, will play the final phase of the competition for the second time, a small consolation to continue digesting the enormous disappointment of having been left out of the World Cup Qatar 2022.
The team of Robert Mancini I needed to win the Puskas Sand a Hungary, who had already won at home, but who arrived with high spirits after beating Germany in Leipzig; however, he did not know how to handle the pressure of the moment against a rival who managed the game better, especially after the goal from Giacomo Raspadori at minute 27.
The Napoli striker He did not waste an error by the Hungarian team at the start to put the four-time world champion ahead before half an hour of play and reward their best game. those of rose frame could not recover from the blow and hardly disturbed in search of the tie, while Giovanni Di Lorenzo pardoned the 0-2.
after the break, Hungary had a double chance to equalizebut Gianluigi Donnarumma prevented it and then Italy practically sentenced in a good collective move that finished Federico DiMarco at 52′ and that gave a good advantage to The Nazionale.
On the other hand, in the other match of the Group 3in which there was nothing at stake, but attractive to face England, already relegated, and Germany, at Wembley Stadium, there were many goals and tie 3-3with all the goals in the second half.
The German team avoided conceding their second consecutive defeat, also the second since taking over Hans-Dieter Flickafter missing out on the fact that he apparently had the match under control after goals from Ilkay Gundogan, penalty kick in the 52nd minute, and Kai Havertzat 67′.
However, those of Gareth Southgate they had the character to react with three goals between the 72nd and 83rd minutes, the work of Luke Shaw, Mason Mount and Harry Kane, of penalty. When the English hoped to add an emotional victory, a mistake by the goalkeeper Nick Pope allowed to Havertz act as visiting savior and extend his rival’s winless streak to six games.
(With information from Europe Press)