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Poland - Italy
UEFA Nations League - 11 October 2020
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Neither manager will mind that; Italy stay top of the group, a point ahead of Poland and Netherlands; the former lead the latter by a goal scored.
Full-time: Poland 0-0 Italy
Verratti switches play out to Keandown the left, and he drags the ball down the side of Glick, snapping back a cross that Caputo misses, on the stretch, by a toenail.
There'll be three added minutes; Acerbi is booked for a foul I did not see.
Excellent from Poland, breaking down the right with Karbownik, and when he crosses, Krychowiak turns the ball back adroitly to Linetty, who collects beautifully, taking the ball down and into stride, before lashing a shot into the side-netting.
Dearie me. Grosicki streaks into a break and Poland look dangerous, then he works the ball right and Karbownik is lost in the supermarket, unable to decide what to do or how to do it, hanging on to the ball for so long that once he does shift it, three players are offside. That is extremely symbolic.
Caputo replaces Belotti.
Linetty replaces Lewandowski and Karbownik replaces Jozwiak.
Lucatelli replaces Barella.
Nice from Italy, Pellegrini dashing down the right, but Belotti can't make anything of it and extracts his revenge on Moder, knocking him over and getting booked. He's now suspended for the Netherlands game coming up; smart lad.
Klich has Lewandowski ahead of him but a shooting lane opens up so he plops a shot directly into Donnarumma's midriff.
Italy sweep the ball out wide, Verratti to Barella, but when he cuts back for Kean, the new arrival trips over his own fat feet.
Not as far as I can ascertain. Wikipedia says: "As already mentioned, green, in the first Italian tricolour cockades, symbolized natural rights, namely social equality and freedom.After various events it came to 7 January 1797, the date of the adoption of the tricolour flag by the Cispadane Republic, the first Italian sovereign state to make use of it. During the Napoleonic period, the three colours acquired a more idealistic meaning for the population: the green represents hope, the white represents faith and the red represents love."
I've become slightly obsessed with the shade of green in the Italy flag. Does it have a name?
Change for Italy, Kean replacing Chiesa. Chiesa has had a alright game and looked more likely than most to conjure something, but he also missed by the far the game's best chance, so.
Emerson for Belotti for Barella, who can't find a decent crossing angle so goes back to Florenzi and the move breaks down.
This is lovely! Chiesa takes a terrible first touch, but just as he's in the process of chastising himself the opportunity arises for him to get back on the ball, rolled in by Florenzi, and this time he quickly digs out a fine cross at which Emerson launches himself, sending a diving header just wide.
But Grosicki then drills across the corner and no one can get anywhere near it.
A long ball out to the left finds Grosicki, who wins a corner off Florenzi...
Grosicki comes on to replace Szymanski.
Ultimately, both of these sides lack quality in midfield, which is why they're struggling to create much.
Emerson barges down the left and swings over a cross, but Fabianski sees it coming and claims easily, under no pressure.
Kedziora loses out to Pellegrini, who flicks the ball off the touchline for Belotti, so yerman ploughs through him instead and is booked.
Moder dashes down the right and has Lewandowski in the middle screeching for it. But instead he wipes his foot across the ball to send a shot swerving towards the near post which Donnarumma pushes behind. Lewandowski is less then gruntled.
Italy win a free-kick 25 yardfs out - sorry, I don't know what for as my stream jumped - and their players form a wall in front of the Poland wall, then Pellegrini curls into the latter.
Now Itly win a corner down the right and Pellegrini swings it out to make sure the ball doesn't skew behind, and Poland smuggle clear.
Italy win a corner, down the left for a change, and Pellegrini takes it, delivering a much better ball this time, but Glik is up to flick away.
Off we pootle once more.
Emerson is still jawing at the ref as the players walk off, for all the good it'll do him. That was an alright half, but neither side has much quality in midfield.
Half-time: Poland 0-0 Italy
Emerson drives down the left and Kedziora knocks him over. Emerson wants a free-kick, but the ref is happy the challenge was fair.
This has gone very quiet now.
Poland really need to get Lewandowski some service. It's all very well having the best centre-forward in the world, but not much use if he's never on the ball.
France and Portugal are drawing 0-0, by the way.
Bereszynski is looking to get forward whenever possible and he guides over a low cross that Bonucci anticipates well, nudging clear.
Bereszynski sticks a forearm on theback of Chiesa's neck, taking a boot to the face as his man tries to escape; Chiesa goes down and Bereszynski is booked.
Italy have been good down the right and they raid down that flank again, Florenzi crossing low but neither Barella nor Pellegrni can convert.
Chiesa is a very handy out-ball, and he allows Barella to race outside him before playing him in, the cross stuck behind for a corner. Verratti boots Pellegrini off it, and his kcik stays in play but picks out the nearest defender, who heads clear.
Nice from Kedziora, going down the right and digging out a cross, that Klich heads wide.
Chiesa tries a cross, and when the ball comes back to him, he lashes a shot over the top.
Pellegrini looks to veer in between Szymanski and Kedziora, Szymanski lunging when he doesn't need to. But Pellegrini is too late realising, so when he flings himself to the floor and beseeches a penalty, the ref is having no such thing.
After a decent start, this has gone a bit quiet.
Elsewhere, some absolutely great facial expressions.
In fairness, he was trying to get it tight to the near post, but still. His centre-backs might well want a word.
...and again, Pellegrini whacks it out!
Italy win another corner down the right...
Nice from Poland, Klich knocking back to Bereszynski, who lofts over the top for Jozwiak, sprinting into space. In the middle, Lewandowski charges towards where he hopes the cross will go and it does, but Emerson reads it brilliantly, sliding in to lever the ball away.
Lovely cross to the back post from Chiesa, gathered by Emerson who turns it back for Belotti ... who falls over.
Nice from Poland, Jozwiak making space to stick a ball into the box, with Lewandowski pulling off Bonucci, but Acerbi does really well to intercept.
WHAT A MISS! A lovely flick from Pellegrini allows Belotti to coax a luscious low cross to the back post, where Chiesa is arriving ... but instead of running it home, he prgans it wide! Dearie him!
Italy suddenly inject some pace, Barella nipping around the outside of Bereszynski to stand up a cross for Belotti, who glances just wide. Italy are coming.
Italy haven't lost in 19 games, which is not bad. It's hard to see them beating France though, and I'd back England to beat them too.
Chiesa tries to isolate Bereszynski by sticking the ball in behind, but he can't get anywhere near catching it.
Bonucci over the top for Chiesa, who's touch is decent, but Bereszynski is in quickly to concede the corner; up come the big men, only for Pellegrini to boot his cross behind.
Belotti slides through Walukiewicz and is booked.
Poland look up for this - they're not letting Italy settle.
I'm looking forward to seeing Federico Chiesa, who joined Juventus from Fiorentina last week. But it's Poland who move forward first, down the left, with Kedziora hoisting a cross that Lewandowski attacks on the run, but Acerbi is up first.
Away we go!
There's a good row in the ground, and I think my eyes are on the verge of sweating.
Italy's anthem is suuuuuch a banger.
And the teams!
Here come the officials!
I kept this from you - please forgive me - but this match is only available on the red button, which I have downstairs where my wife is watching telly, but not on the computer which I use. I was concerned, but you'll be relieved to hear that I've resolved the problem, and am now watching people boozing in stands, which is lovely to see.
I enjoyed this.
I don't know, maybe Zaniolo, who's injured, will be that in time. But once upon a time, they had Baggio and Zola in the same squad, and Del Piero not far behind.
When did Italy last have a brilliant attacking player? What is going wrong?
Apropos of nothing.
Bosnia drew 0-0 with Netherlands, which is to say Frank de Boer's revolution continues apace.
It's hard to see either of these teams doing much in the summer. Poland have a puncher's chance of beating anyone because they have Lewandowski but that's about it, while Italy lack the class to compete against the best beyond trying to italy them. Verratti is a brilliant player, but otherwise, it's trying to find a way rather than imposing a way.
What a player.
Once upon a time...
Elsewhere, England nudged by Belgium earlier this afternoon.
What a goal!
Acerbi is the only Italian who keeps his place following Wednesday's 6-0 defeat of Moldova; Donnarumma, Bonucci, Jorginho and Barella are those who were picked for last month's win in Amsterdam.
Most noteworthily, Robert Lewandowski makes his first international appearance since scoring in the win over Slovenia last November. As I remember it, he is quite good as association football.
Only two Poland players retain their sports from Wednesday's 5-1 win over Finland - Walukiewicz, the centre-back, and Bereszynski, who played right-back then and plays left-back tonight. Which is to say that this is the first XI; that was not.
Poland: Fabianski; Kedziora, Glik, Walukiewicz, Bereszynski; Krychowiak, Moder; Szymanski, Klich, Jozwiak; Lewandowski. Subs: Szczesny, Bochniewicz, Czerwinski, Goralski, Milik, Linetty, Grosicki, Skorupski, Reca, Krbownik, Kadzior, Piatek.
Italy currently top the group, having drawn with Bosnia-Herzegovina at home and beaten Netherlands away, while Poland are third having lost to Netherlands away and beaten Bosnia-Herzegovina away; currently, Bosnia-Harzegovina and Netherlands are locked at 0-0 in Sarajevo.
Evening all and welcome to Poland v Italy in Nations League Group A1!