Nations League Italy v Belgium

Italy takes third place in Nations League

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Italy beats Belgium 2-1 in the final for third place in the Nations League. All goals came in the second half.

Wednesday’s defeat against Spain interrupted the record series of 37 unbeaten games. Italy restarts with a victory over Belgium in the third-place play-off in the Nations League.

The 2-1 win over Belgium offers positive signs – for the FIFA ranking and above all for the game.

Same outcome as European Championship

At the ‘final’ played in Turin, the goals of Barella and Berardi were decisive. De Ketelaere’s goal in the 86th minute was a consolation, resulting in a replica of the European Championship result.

“Now the appointment at the Olimpico for Italy-Switzerland? Sure…”. Roberto Mancini closes the October cycle of matches with the victory over Belgium in the Nations League 3rd place match.  He looks to the decisive challenge of November 12, when Italy will go in search of the World Cup qualifying victory.

“Did we see the Italy of the European Championship again today? It was the same with Spain”, said the coach, to RaiSport. “But there were 10 of them and it was difficult; otherwise it would have been the same match as today”.

Mancini is satisfied with the performance of the midfield (“we have different solutions and players with a lot of quality: it is a positive fact”) and with Chiesa’s performance: “He has no difficulty playing left or right”.

Man of the match

Domenico Berardi, scorer of the penalty, named Player of the Match. “We wanted to do well right away after the defeat by Spain. We wanted to win – it was important for the ranking and we’re happy with it. I’m satisfied with my performance, but the important thing was to win and give a signal. We did it.”

Acerbi is positive about the future

“We wanted to play a great game and win, and we succeeded. Losing once is part of life, and we will always try not to, but today we made up for it.” Azzurri defender Francesco Acerbi spoke to RaiSport after the match.

“We have been a bit tired for a period”, says Acerbi. “I see the teammates who give their all, but we play really hard. But they are young, we are a great group. We proved it at the European Championships and after a defeat. And against Belgium we have shown that even after a defeat we go on, because Italy is strong”.

In November, there will be the decisive challenge in Rome against Switzerland for the world qualifiers. “We play at home with Switzerland”, said Acerbi. “[We] have made a half misstep and it is not like us, but now we will have to win like we did today against Belgium. We will go on the pitch with the utmost serenity and maximum optimism”.

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