On Friday Belgium was qualified and yesterday Saturday in Rome followed Italy, becoming the second team to get its ticket for the 2020 Eurocup. The victory against Greece (2-0) in the Olympic exorcised the demon of 2017, when the tozzurra was out of the final phase of the World Cup in Russia after a double qualifying duel with Spain that – tie and defeat through – forced her to play a play off with Sweden who failed to take advantage. There was a national drama and a long process of regeneration of ideas, technicians and players.
Gianluigi Donnarumma, Acerbi, D'Ambrosio, Bonucci, Leonardo Spinazzola, Verratti, Jorginho Frello, Barella (Nicolo Zaniolo, min. 86), Insigne, Federico Chiesa (Federico Bernardeschi, min. 38) and Immobile (Belotti, min. 78) .
Alexandros Paschalakis, Michalis Bakakis, Pantelis Hatzidiakos, Stafylidis, Siovas, Dimitris Limnios, Bouchalakis (Dimitrios Giannoulis, min. 74), Koulouris (Anastasios Donis, min. 66), Zeca, Kourbelis and Bakasetas (Petros Mandalos, min. 78)
1-0 min. 62: Jorginho Frello (p). 2-0 min. 77: Federico Bernardeschi.
Pantelis Hatzidiakos (min. 13),
Bouchalakis (min. 61) and
Koulouris (min. 26).
Italy became uniform in green, extravagance whose only precedent dates back to 1954. The victory against Greece consolidated it as the best team in Group J with seven wins from seven games played, a circumstance that guarantees at least second place. If next Tuesday he beats Liechtenstein – the neighborhood team – will secure first place. The three points achieved against Greece will allow Italy to play at least two matches of the final phase in Rome, one of the 12 planned venues.
Insigne and Immobile had paths after the break. The first goal was the result of a hand of Bouchalakis, sanctioned with a penalty. Jorginho transformed it after game time. Retired Chiesa due to injury, his substitute, left-hander Bernardeschi, scored the final goal to pass Bonucci.
"We are going to the European Championship to reach the final because this trophy has long been missed in the Italian showcase," said coach Roberto Mancini, a day before confirming his forecast. "We have a lot of work but we are close to the other great European teams," he said. The last time Italy won the European Championship was in 1968. That final was played against Yugoslavia on the same stage of the win against Greece: the Olympic stadium.
In other matches of the day, in Group F, where Spain is integrated, Sweden beat 4-0 in Malta and Romania won 3-0 against Faroe Islands. In group D Ireland drew 0-0 against Georgia and Denmark equalized it to 12 points in the lead by beating Switzerland 1-0 with a goal from the young Leipzig promise, Yussuf Poulsen (84). Switzerland is only worth the victory on Tuesday in Geneva against Ireland, if it intends to avoid repesca.