Italy manager Roberto Mancini was full of regret after Leonardo Bonucci received two yellow cards in the first half of the Nations League semi-final clash against Spain on Wednesday night.
’s Italy finally tasted the defeat after three years and 37 games as they were defeated 2-1 by
in the Nations League semi-final.
The Azzurri experienced a tough night after
was sent off in a situation that they were already one goal down, which made it almost impossible for them to bounce back.
“Games are like this, sometimes incidents change them. The first half could easily have ended 1-1,”
Mancini toldRAI Sport
“Clearly, Spain keep the ball well, but it’s disappointing to lose like this, down to 10. We made a mistake that we should not be making at this level.
“To be honest, I didn’t see the second card, but that’s not the point. Leo should not have got himself booked in either situation.
“Playing like this, scoring a goal and not conceding more when down to 10 men was a good performance.”
Italy improved their game in the second half when Mancini used Pellegrini and Manuel Locatelli.
“We needed some fresh legs and that helped when down to 10 men. We could’ve used some younger players, but I think that despite the defeat, this performance gave us strength.”
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