Roberto Mancini’s Italy run fast towards Euro 2020. The Azzurri need only three more points to book a European Championship ticket as they won 1-2 in Finland on Sunday, with Jorginho giving the visitors the decisive lead, after conceding an equalizer to Teemu Pukki. Ciro Immobile had marked Italy’s opener to end his two-year scoring drought with the Nazionale jersey.
With more struggling than expected, Italy disposed of Armenia to grab their fifth win out of five Euro 2020 Qualification games. Tonight’s victory was propitiated by Andrea Belotti, who equalized for the Azzurri and eventually put his stamp on the third goal, after the hosts had taken an early lead. Lorenzo Pellegrini scored the second for Roberto Mancini’s band.
Lazio won the platonic Derby of the Posts in Rome, hitting the sticks four times against Roma’s two in a vibrant version of the Italian Capital cross-town battle. The count of goals, however, read 1-1, with Luis Alberto answering to Aleksandar Kolarov. It was an abnormal derby, if only for being the first in a long time without either Francesco Totti or Daniele De Rossi.
As lights faded down at the Allianz Stadium on Saturday, football fans from both Juventus and Napoli must have spent a few minutes recollecting the emotions they went through. The scorecard read 4-3 for the Bianconeri, but a game like this has no loser. A most thrilling match was resolved only by an incredible own goal by Kalidou Koulibaly during stoppage time.
Marco Giampaolo debuted at San Siro with a win as Milan beat Brescia 1-0 on Saturday. A lone goal by Hakan Calhanoglu after 12 minutes saved the day for the Rossoneri’s new coach after his shocking loss in Udine. However, the way is still long for the Milanese side before they can think of achieving something more than a fourth place in the table.
A cap, a bandage on his neck, a hollow-cheeked appearance that still did not affect his proud look. Sinisa Mihajlovic dropped like a bomb on the Serie A opening round as he sat on Bologna’s bench for their debut in Verona. His appearance was the icicle on the cake of a Serie A Round 1 which saw Juventus, Napoli, and Inter win, whereas Milan lost to Udinese.
Antonio Conte couldn’t imagine a better debut on the Nerazzurri’s bench as he led Inter to a convincing 4-0 win in their Serie A 2019-2020 opening match. The former Nazionale’s coach showed no mercy for newly promoted Lecce, which fell under the strikes of Marcelo Brozovic, Stefano Sensi, an impressive Romelu Lukaku, and Antonio Candreva.
If Fiorentina-Napoli was meant to be a commercial for the new Serie A, we are going to have some fun times ahead. The match at the Artemio Franchi Stadium in Florence ended 4-3 for the visitor Partenopei, offering loads of goals, emotions, bad goalkeeping, and controversial decisions, including a penalty that left Fiorentina’s coach Vincenzo Montella furious.
Giorgio Chiellini scored the first goal of Serie A 2019-2020. A heel-kick by Juventus’ captain helped the Bianconeri move past Parma at the Ennio Tardini Stadium to capture the first three points on their quest towards the ninth Scudetto in a row. An old-school version of Juventus easily controlled the game against Roberto D’Aversa’s Crociati.
The Women World Cup speaks American again. The U.S. retained the world title conquered four years ago in Canada by topping European Champions Netherlands 2-0 in the Final played on Sunday in Lyon. The USWNT, coached by Jill Ellis, triumphed via a penalty by their influential captain Megan Rapinoe, and a sharp left-foot shot by Rose Lavelle.
The Azzurrini did their job, but their fate doesn’t depend on them anymore. Luigi Di Biagio’s Under-21 selection defeated 3-1 an already-eliminated Belgian side on Saturday, but Spain’s simultaneous 5-0 routing of Poland qualified the young Furias Rojas as first from Group A of the U-21 European Championship. Chances for Italy to advance as best runner-up are dim.
The starting grid for the upcoming Serie A season will look familiar to the most aficionado fans of Italian football, as the elevator from the second division sent back three clubs with a remarkable history in the top level of calcio. Brescia, Lecce, and Verona won a ticket to the big show at the end of a tormented Serie B season.