Mancini : “It was important to win"
Italy defeated Netherlands 3-2 and secured third place in the UEFA Nations League.
lost 2-1 to Spain in the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League, but then defeated the Netherlands 3-2 to secure third place in the competition.
Italy won the first half 2-0. Mancini spoke to RAI Sport at the end of the game:
“The first half was very good and an enormous effort, as everyone was so tired and it showed in the second half. Being able to hold out under that pressure is a good sign,”
In the 68th minute of the game, Bergwijn scored for the Netherlands to make it 2-1, but Chiesa answered with a goal in the 77th minute, putting the score at 3-1. In the end, Wijnaldum scored a goal in the 89th minute for the Netherlands, making it a 3-2 game.
“We have some interesting tactical solutions, we changed in the second half with Chiesa and Zaniolo wide, whereas we were more rapid and light upfront in the first half. The defence fought to the end."
“It was important to win, this is a prestigious tournament.”
Italy team will play against the North Macedonia national team in their next match.
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