UEFA Nations League – Match Report: Jorghino’s Late Penalty Denies Poland A Win
Italy required a late penalty from midfielder Jorginho to rub a 1-1 draw at home to Poland in the UEFA Nations League; their first aggressive diversion under mentor Roberto Mancini.
Poland, playing their first match under new mentor Jerzy Brzeczek who supplanted Adam Nawalka following their World Cup exit, proceeded with a wonderfully executed Piotr Zielinski volley five minutes before halftime.
With the home group getting fretful, Italy were safeguarded in the 78th moment when visiting midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski fouled Federico Chiesa in the penalty zone.
Brazilian national, Jorginho tranquilly changed over to guarantee the points were partaken in the League A Group Three diversion.
Italy down 1-0 at HT to Poland- what changes would you make? 🤔🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/gYHOH33N26
— ItalianFootballTV (@IFTVofficial) September 7, 2018
He gave Fiorentina left back Cristiano Biraghi his debut in Italy’s first aggressive match since the scandalous 0-0 draw against Sweden in November, which made them miss the World Cup without precedent for a long time.
Italy skipper Giorgio Chiellini rapidly made his mark on Poland forward, Robert Lewandowski with a tackle which earned him a booking in the 8th minute, yet it failed to discourage Poland who looked dangerous on the counter.
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma made two extraordinary spares in the first half hour. However, he was frail to prevent another exertion from Zielnski in the 40th minute.
Jorginho was gotten under possession, the ball was immediately passed to Lewandowski on the left and he skimmed a great cross to the far post where the Zielinski volleyed home.
Jorginho will get the criticism for Poland goal but bigger issue is he is too good for this Italy team. He is completely on another level. Jorginho needs to play in a team comfortable with the ball and dominating territory. Without those players he will concede chances #ITAPOL
— Carlo Garganese (@carlogarganese) September 7, 2018
Federico Bernardeschi, had Italy’s best first-half possibility to score, failed again in the 2nd half, when he shot wide from the edge of the region, and missed from a great position.
Mario Balotelli, whose exclusive commitment was a first-half shot which cruised high and wide, was supplanted by Andrea Belotti.
Italy will next travel to European champs, Portugal in their next match of UEFA Nations League on 10th September, Monday.
4 – Italy have conceded at least one goal in all the last 6 games played, included all the four matches under Roberto Mancini. Hit. #ItalyPoland
— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) September 7, 2018
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