23. Italy consoles itself with Turkey

Rome, March 29 (EFE) .- Italy was consoled, after the failure of not qualifying for the ultimate part of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, with a 2-3 victory in opposition to Turkey -which was additionally eradicated, final week, in opposition to Portugal : who achieved his go this Tuesday in opposition to Macedonia, executioner of the Italians- in a pleasant match wherein the coach, Roberto Mancini, introduced within the much less ordinary gamers to start out with the group’s renovation undertaking.

Italy couldn’t fail, the sport was a pleasant “trap” and dropping would solely worsen the dramatic scenario that an ‘Azzurra’ goes via, able to successful the Euro 2020 and lacking out on two World Cups in a row. And the sentiments had been bittersweet. He gained, nevertheless it began badly and ended worse.

It appeared that all the pieces was in opposition to Mancini’s aspect. The first 5 minutes of the match had not been accomplished when, on the primary shot of the sport, Cedig √únder hit Donnarumma beneath the legs to place Turkey forward on the scoreboard. The PSG goalkeeper was not profitable and will have completed extra to clear a shot that, regardless of being highly effective, got here out fairly centered.

Scamacca and Acerbi responded from a distance across the quarter hour mark, however with out creating any actual hazard. Italy grew, feeling extra comfy, till Tonali tamed the rhythm within the midfield and commanded with sufficiency within the first half, though with out very clear possibilities. Turkey scared in isolation. Zaniolo was the creator of hazard ‘azzurro’.

Chiellini and Biraghi didn’t perceive one another effectively, wherein it was the one ‘however’ of the sport for the guests, when it got here to defending a left flank that the creator of the Turkish purpose took benefit of very effectively to do injury, receiving open and breaking behind the protection, due to the shipments of Calhanoglu, who learn the beginning very effectively and shot behind after a fast steal.

But within the thirty fifth minute Cristante opened the scoring for the present European champion and leveled the match with a strong header. Biraghi bounced a exact ball from the left wing into the realm that discovered a top quality definer within the determine of Cristante, with a strong and positioned shot, due to the flip of his neck, which went in near the submit.

Almost with out time to assimilate it, Turkey conceded the second. This time it was Raspadori, who took benefit of the steal and go from an excellent Tonali, who put the ‘azzurra’ forward, in the perfect minutes of the match, when there have been only some minutes left to go to the locker room tunnel.

Donnarumma was about to fail once more within the crash. The ghosts of the error with the PSG shirt in opposition to Real Madrid appeared when the goalkeeper was overconfident and hit Unal’s head with a ball that, fortunately for ‘Gigi’, bounced off his face, however had caught the door.

However, the goalkeeper redeemed himself from the error with two spectacular fingers that deflected the volley, within the first half, and the shortage, already within the second half, of a Calanhoglu that ended up considerably determined with the stops of the previous Milan participant.

In 1970 what appeared just like the sentence arrived. With the sport already slowing down, Raspadori sealed his brace when he rescued a unfastened ball within the space and executed – with extra energy than placement – to safe the calming purpose for an Italy in want of victory.

But the Turks pressed within the ultimate minutes, who had been very near acquiring their reward. Especially Dursun, who even managed to penetrate Donnarumma’s purpose, accumulating a rejection of a shot by his teammate Soyuncu popping out of a nook, and who nearly obtained the equalizer on the scoreboard if it weren’t for the stretch of the Italian goalkeeper, who repelled the striker’s shot.

Italy wins, however shouldn’t be redeemed from its resounding world fall. They comfortably beat Turkey for a lot of the match, however a poor begin and end of the match might have tipped the steadiness in opposition to them.


– Game sheet:

two; Turkey: Bayindir; Kabak (Kaan Ayhan, d. 9), Demiral, Soyuncu; Muldur, Tokoz (Ozcan, d. 62), Calhanoglu (Antalyali, d. 78), Ridvan Yilmaz (Berkan Kutli, d. 63); Under, Akturkoglu (Dursun, d. 63); Unal (Dogukan, d. 77).

3; Italy: Donnarumma; De Sciglio, Acerbi, Chiellini (Bastoni, d. 76), Biraghi; Pessina (Sensi, d. 76), Cristante (Locatelli, d. 76), Tonali; Zaniolo (Zacagni, d. 46), Scamacca (Belloti, d. 87), Raspadori (Bonucci, d. 87).

Goals: 1-0, Under (m. 4); 1-1, Cristante (d. 35); 1-2, Raspadori (d. 39); 1-3, Raspadori (d. 69); 2-3, Dursun (d. 83)

Referee: Enea Jorgji (ALB). He confirmed yellow card to Zaniolo (m. 45), from Italy; and Mert Muldur from Turkey.

Incidents: Friendly match performed on the Konya Arena Stadium (Turkey) earlier than practically 30,000 spectators after the elimination of each groups from the playoffs to go to the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

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