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Football news – Nicolo Barella and Domenico Berardi give Italy third place in the League of Nations


Italy managed to beat Belgium 2: 1 and won the third / fourth game of the League of Nations playoffs.

After the equalized first half, Nicolo Barella opened the goal two minutes after the break, when his corner was thrown only on the edge of the penalty area, and the Inter midfielder fired next to Thibaut Courtois.

The lead was doubled when Federico Chiesa knocked down Timothi Castagne in the penalty area, and Domeniko Berardi could only push the penalty into the side net of Real’s goalkeeper.

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Despite Belgium hitting the post three times in 90 minutes, by Alexis Saelemaekers, Michi Batshuai and Iannick Carrasco, it seemed Italy would look comfortable in the match before Courtois ’long throw found De Bruine in half of Italy, and he played over Charles De Ketelaere, who passed by Gianluigi Donnarumma and entered the net.


You can expand this to discuss the worth of any match for third place, except at the Olympics, but when the European Championship does not see the need for a third / fourth playoff, the League of Nations seems to be fake to adopt it. In the biggest tournaments such as the World Cup, a commercial attraction for another game and a minor omission for the winner, especially if it is a smaller nation, they could at least make an argument why that could happen. Given that the main players are often not involved (not to discredit the injuries that prevented Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku in the proceedings, but if this was the final you would expect them to play at least some role), the losing semi-finalist is always after that as the team remembers, while the result of the match for the bronze medal and those involved are forgotten. Do you want evidence? Ask someone to remember the team that started for England in the third / fourth game of the 2018 World Cup and see how long it takes for the name Ruben Loftus-Cheek to appear.

TURIN, ITALY – OCTOBER 10: Italian Domenico Berardi celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal from the penalty spot in the match for the third place of the UEFA nation in 2021 between Italy and Belgium at the Juventus Stadium on October 10, 2021 in Turin,

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The key factor that will help Italy remain a candidate for the World Cup at the end of next season, and means that Belgium probably will not, is the depth of strength in the middle of the field. While Jorginho and Marco Verrati will be the wrong side 30 at Euro 2022, in Lorenzo Pellegrini, Brian Cristante, Manuel Locatelli and especially Nicole Barello, Italy has players who seem capable of taking the lead in this part of the field.

Although neither side looked inspired in the first half, Barella looked as calm as any player on the field and was key in making Italy look a stronger side at the break. It was appropriate that he was the man who scored the key goal.

Italian midfielder Nicolo Barella (C-defender) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the UEFA League of Nations football match for third place between Italy and Belgium, at Juventus Stadium, Turin, on October 10, 2021. (Photo: Marco BERTORELLO / AF

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Italy: Donnarumma 7; Di Lorenzo 7, Acerbi 7, Bastoni 7, Emerson 7; Stretcher 8 *, Locatelli 7, Pellegrini 7; Berardi 7, Raspadori 6, church 7.

Subs: Jorginho 6, Cristante 6, Kean 6.

Belgium: Courtois 6; Alderweireld 7, Denaier 5, Vertonghen 6; Castagne 6, Vitsel 6, Tielemans 6, Saelemaekers 6; Vanaken 6, Carrasco 7; Batshuaii 6.

Subs: De Bruine 7, Ketelaere 7.


25 ‘Out of the box! Nice play by Batshuai who defended the defensive players before reaching the Saelemaekers in the penalty area, and his calm twist was attempted by the Azzurri keeper to beat but came back off the crossbar.

47 ‘GOAL! The corner clears to the edge of the penalty area where Barella scores the ball low next to Courtois’ right hand into the net.

61 ‘Out of position! It didn’t look like it was coming. Batshuaii bypassed the right side of the Italian defense and shot from a narrow angle, beating Donnarumma, but he saw the ball come back from the post.

63 ‘PENALTY! Chiesa bypasses Castagne, and the defender seemingly takes the ball and the player – but which one first? The referee thinks he is a player. VAR is checked.

64 ‘GOAL FOR ITALY! The penalty lags behind and Berardi turns the ball to the right of Courtois, and although the Real Madrid stopper can reach him with his hand, he can only turn into the side net.

81 ‘Belgium hits the post for the third time! Carrasco hits a twisting shot from 20 yards that beat Donnarumma, but cut him off the outside of the post.

86 ‘GOAL FOR BELGIUM! Another goal scored by a goalkeeper from a distance. This time Courtois finds De Bruine sneaking into de Ketelaere who is passing the ball past Donnarumma.


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