Italy play well with 6 different players compared to the first game and score 2-0
Mancini’s national team’s march did not end, beating Bulgaria 2-0, repeating their debut victory against Northern Ireland and increasing the rate of consecutive useful results to 24 (17 wins and 7 draws).
In the seventh attempt, Italy won over Bulgaria, scoring three valuable points so that Qatar can continue on their way to qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, where they will face Lithuania for the third and final time on Wednesday, March 31 in Vilnius. The stage of this international window.
While Zero Immobile in Parma celebrated its return to scoring after a long fast, it was Andrea Bellotti herself who broke through the barrier in Sofia, winning 1-0 on penalties in the final of the first half and converting it to excitement. In the second half, Rooster almost doubled by hitting the post, and then Manuel Locatelle, who came on the field in the final, thought about ending the game by scoring his first goal in a blue jersey, never forgetting to treat himself with an evening.
Mancini replaces one-sixth of the team that beat Northern Ireland, joins the injured Chiellini, joins Bonucci at the Azerbaijan defense, and Florence is confirmed on the right, with Spinasola replacing Emerson Palmieri. In midfield for Inter players Barela and Sensei, Lockettelli was selected second in the playoff role alongside Verratti. No need to apologize to the winners of the match against Northern Irish, Immobile and Berardi on the offensive trident Bellotti and Cheese. Insine, who has reached his 40th presence on the national team, is with them.
At the end of the match, Roberto Mancini was satisfied: “Easy matches do not exist – the Italian coach commented – especially when you face teams like Bulgaria, everyone is behind. The match is tough until you score the first goal and unlock. Today we were even better than we were looking for a third goal. The players are a little tired, we never took the risk except for our own mistakes, but after creating a lot of opportunities ”.
Once again the goal was not reached, but it was not easy to find a place with rivals: “I do not think other teams will win 7 or 8 – 0 underscores Mancini – it is clear we know the goal difference, but we expect to beat Switzerland”.
Bellotti’s goal was important, as he reached the top of the rankings of active Azzurri Strikers in immobile, allowing Italy to take the lead in the first half through penalties. In the absence of specialist Jorgenho, Gallo showed up from the same spot: “I was the one who was sent off for the penalty – he explains – Insane immediately gave me the ball and I decided. It was important to score to unlock a difficult game. I dedicate the network to my daughter, it’s the greatest joy of my life. “
In the second half the post denied him the brace: “I saw it inside – Torino forward says – the ball had a weird effect and on the way back I tried to kick hard but it went up. We are a great group, it is normal to have expectations, we are strong and show good football. I believe we are proud of all Italians. “
An unforgettable evening for Manuel Lockettelli, who won the doubles final and his first center in the blue jersey: “I still have glasses, it’s an indescribable feeling. For a midfielder, scoring is important, praise is pleasing, but in football it is easy to go from compliments to criticism: we need to find balance in ourselves ”.