End of the series for Italy, beaten by Spain this Wednesday in Milan in the semifinals of the League of Nations (1-2). After 37 matches without defeat.
Roberto Mancini had said it again on Tuesday: the long series of invincibility of the national team, unbeaten since September 10, 2018 and a setback against Portugal (1-0), had to find its term ” sooner or later “. After 37 unbeaten outings, the European champion actually fell, logically and sometimes outrageously dominated by a Spain conquering, exciting and seductive on the lawn of San Siro, as part of the Final Four of the League of Nations (1-2).
Despite a good start to the match, and a first banderilla to credit Chiesa (5e), the Italians quickly understood that the evening would be difficult. Very quickly indeed, the Oyarzabal-Ferran Torres tandem made the nets tremble, at the end of a collective class action (0-1, 17e). And Marcos Alonso to have missed by a hair in the wake of the goal of the break, on a fault of hand of a Donnarumma saved by Bonucci (19e). Simple part postponed, then, for the hard-hitting Roja.
Bonucci saw red
Bernardeschi (34e) and Badge (35e), in quick succession, missed the boat against Simon, then the Oyarzabal-Torres duo, once again, took charge of punishing the transalpine defensive mistakes, just before the break (0-2, 45e+1). Bonucci had just seen red, for a second yellow card wiped on a more or less voluntary nudge given to Busquets (42e). The handicap too much for overwhelmed Azzurri.
Despite many opportunities to make the hole in the second half, the Spaniards did not drive home the point further. And it is even the hosts of the game who have the last word on the scoreboard – in vain – on a counter perfectly negotiated by Chiesa and concluded by Pellegrini (1-2, 83e). Sunday, the selection of Luis Enrique will therefore have the honor of playing in the final of the League of Nations. Versus The french team or the Belgium. Answer Thursday evening …