FULL TIME: First half goals from Berardi and Immobile give Italy a 2-0 win in Group C. But the Irish had at least 4 glorious chances in the second half. Thanks for following the game with us..
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- 1st Half
Italy - Northern Ireland
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CHANCE! Spinazzola bursts forward, trades passes with Immobile and pokes a shot wide.
There will be 3 added minutes.
CLOSE! Up the other end, Immobile is through on goal, rounds the keeper and puts the ball into the side-netting.
CHANCE! McNair blasts it over from six yards after Italy give it away by playing out from the back.
Locatelli and Insigne are off, Pessina and Grifo are on.
CHANCE! Davis's low shot from the edge of the box is straight at the keeper.
Mancini may be miffed at his side's second half performance, they took their foot off the gas and have Donnarumma to thank.
Its raining subs. McCann and Magennis off, Thompson and Lafferty on.
- OffDomenico BerardiItaly
- OnFederico ChiesaItaly
Berardi and Chelsea defender Emerson off, Chiesa and Spinazzola on.
Top notch tackle from Bonucci in the box.
Chiesa and Spinazzola are warming up.
TOP SAVE! Jonny Evan's cross finds Magennis whose flick is brilliantly saved by Donnarumma.
CLOSE! From a corner for Northern Ireland, Smith's shot is deflected over.
CHANCE! Immobile to Insigne who cuts inside and his curling effort is over.
The Irish have been the better side in the second half.
Shanwe Lavery comes on for Whyte.
Italy make a change. Barella on for Pellegrini.
Immobile is through on goal, he makes a hash of the chance but is flagged offside.
A final pass lets down the Irish, they have deserved a goal.
The first stop in particular to parry Whyte's shot with his foot was a belter.
GREAT SAVES! From a woeful back-pass, Donnarumma with a double save to deny Whyte and Smith!
Northern Ireland deploying the long throwins to good effect. Saville's throw earns his team a corner which is cleared.
It's been better from the visitors, similar to their start to the game.
CHANCE! Insigne's cross is headed wide by Immobile at the far post from a few yards out. Should have scored!
Ouch. Locatelli gets a whack in the ribs from Dallas.
Saville is booked for jumping with his elbow raised on Florenzi.
CHANCE! From a throwin, Whyte's volley is fired into the side-netting.
Corry Evans off and Saville is on for the visitors.
KICK OFF: We are back underway.
- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: Goals from Berardi and Immobile have given Mancini's side a comfortable 2-0 lead.
Will be a surprise if the visitors do not change formation and personnel at the break. To put this into context though Italy are on a 55-game unbeaten home run..
Peacock-Farrell will not want to look at the replays of that.
- GoalCiro ImmobileItaly
GOAL FOR ITALY! insigne through ball to Immobile who bursts into the area and fires a low shot which somehow beats the keeper at his near post.
A rare counter from the Irish to Whyte but a poor final ball.
The only surprising thing here is that it is 1-0. If the visitors can keep the scoreline like this at the break and make a few changes, we could have a more competitive game.
They have Chiesa to call upon as well. Not a bad attacking line-up..
Florenzi tries to feed Berardi again but it's overhit.
Insigne threads it through to Berardi down the right but he and Immobile are flagged offside.
Whyte is being starved of service up front on his own, the visitors need to tweak things.
CHANCE! The one-way traffic continues. Florenzi fires an effort over the bar.
Mancini's side turning on the style now. Immobile back-heels it for Insigne whose effort from outside the area is straight at the keeper.
Northern Ireland win a corner to take the pressure off. But as it comes in there's a foul on Donnarumma.
CHANCE! Berardi sends in a cross to the back post and Emerson heads it wide.
GOOD SAVE! Immobile runs onto another ball over the top, he flashes a shot which is blocked by Peacock-Farrell's chest.
Brilliant strike. That ball over the top is causing Baraclough's side all sorts of problems.
- GoalDomenico BerardiItaly
GOAL FOR ITALY! Florenzi to Berardi who cuts inside and fires it into the top corner from a tight angle.
Italy cranking up the pressure with the visitors sitting back.
CLOSE! Ball floated over the top for Immobile who chests it down, and off balance his volley is straight at the keeper.
Italy are wearing black armbands to mark the death of five legends who passed since the last break for international duty: Pietro Anastasi, Mauro Bellugi, Mario Corso, Pierino Prati and Paolo Rossi.
Free kick for Northern Ireland midway in the opposition half. Its crossed in and Bonucci heads it away.
The visitors look to be going 5 at the back led by the in-form Evans. Its working well so far.
Locatelli nearly finds Berardi with a ball over the top but its overhit. The hosts seizing control of the possession now.
Corner for visitors after some nice skill from Whyte in the box. Its swung in and the Italians clear.
Lively start from both sides. Donnarumma punches away a cross Superman-style.
KICK OFF: We are underway, Italy and Northern Ireland start their first game in 2021.
The national anthems, how we have missed you. Florenzi and Bonucci both have a set of lungs on them..
COUNTDOWN: 5 mins till kickoff!
The other teams in Group C are Switzerland, Bulgaria and Lithuania.
There have been four previous meetings between these nations, with three Italy victories and a 0-0 draw.
Northern Ireland's form was poor last year with no wins in their last 8 games and 5 losses.
The Azzuri have 5 wins and 3 draws from their last eight games.
Bonucci is due to make his 100th appearance for his country this evening.
NORTHERN IRELAND: Peacock-Farrell; Smith, Cathcart, J Evans, Dallas; McNair; C Evans, Davis, McCann; Whyte, Magennis...Subs: Hazard, Hughes, C McLaughlin, Kennedy, Ballard, Saville, McGinn, Lavery, Lafferty, Ferguson, Thompson, Brown
ITALY: G Donnarumma; Florenzi, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Pellegrini, Locatelli, Verratti; Berardi, Immobile, Insigne...Subs: Sirigu, Cragno, Di Lorenzo, Spinazzola, Pessina, Belotti, Grifo, Acerbi, Barella, Bernardeschi, Chiesa, G Mancini.
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