The 2-0 win over Greece helped coach Roberto Mancini’s team soon complete the task in the Euro 2020 qualifier.
- Scoring: Jorginho 63 ‘penalty, Bernardeschi 78’.
Italy are in perfect shape with 6 wins, while Greece have won only one and lost three in four. The hosts have thus been highly appreciated in their first match at the Stadio Olimpico since 2015.
In fact, Italy had to go through a tense tactical battle. The visitors set up a tight defensive posture, and achieved the goal of keeping a clean sheet in the first half. They even created the first significant opportunity. 12 minutes Dimitris Limnios escaped down the right of the penalty area and then finished, causing goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to save.
Dominate with more than 70 percent of possession, but Italy could not concretize into the chance to score. Efforts made by Leonardo Bonucci, Ciro Immobile and Nicolo Barella were unsuccessful. 39 minutes, Italy had more problems on the line when losing Federico Chiesa due to muscle injuries and had to leave the pitch.
Italy improves the post-game game, by speeding up and improving tactical transformation. Bernardeschi, who replaced Chiesa, soon proved to be effective when crossing the wing for Ciro Immobile to head, forcing Paschalakis to save the ball.
Italy’s determination also received the support of the god of luck. 63 minutes, Andreas Bouchalakis let the ball touch the ball in the penalty area and the referee immediately gave the home team a penalty. On the 11m mark, midfielder Jorginho easily opened the score.
Having psychological advantages and scores, Italy set up a defensive counterattack with Greece. From the right place to attack, the away team revealed more space and received the second goal. Bernardeschi put an end to Greece’s hopes of earning points by shooting into the top left corner.
With 21 absolute points and 11 points more distance than the third place team, Italy certainly holds one of the top two positions in Group J and tickets to the final round.