Italy – Netherlands Player Ratings: Barella Brilliance in Bergamo

In Bergamo, Italy and the Netherlands gifted Poland the lead in Group A, as they played out a fair 1-1 draw. Lorenzo Pellegrini gave the Azzurri the lead in the 16th minute, but Donny Van De Beek replied with the equalizer for the visitors in the 25th minute. So here are the player ratings for Italy against the Netherlands.

Italy XI

Gianluigi Donnarumma – 6

The Milan goalkeeper couldn’t really do anything to deny the Dutch equalizer, and didn’t have much to do for the rest of the night.

Danilo D’Ambrosio – 6

The Inter utility man tested the Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen with a good long range shot in the first half, and could have scored from close range in the second, but didn’t seem as solid as usual which caused Italy some trouble at the back.

Leonardo Bonucci – 6.5

A typical Bonucci display. Always looks better when Chiellini is by his side. Looked generally solid and tried to deliver some decent balls with his distribution from the back.

Giorgio Chiellini – 7

The Juventus captain battled Luuk De Jong all night long, and had the better of the Sevilla striker most of the time. Also made several key interceptions to deny additional Netherlands goals

Leonardo Spinazzola – 6

The man of the match from the first encounter against Netherlands couldn’t replicate his previous performance. Almost non-existent in the first half, but enjoyed a better second half after the Italy’s switch to the 3-5-2 lineup.

Jorginho – 6.5

The Chelsea regista was deeply embarked in the midfield battle. Couldn’t truly showcase his illustrious passing game, but the former Napoli man is an indispensable member of Mancini’s Italy.

Marco Verratti – 6

We picked Marco Verratti as our man of the match against Poland three days ago. But today, the PSG star didn’t have 90 minutes in his feet, and thus, was subbed off early in the second half. 

Nicolò Barella – 8

A superb display from the Inter midfielder who provided the sublime assist for Pellegrini’s lone goal for Italy. Beside the assist, Barella was all over the pitch, winning most of his duels against the Dutch players and linking up well with his teammates.

Lorenzo Pellegrini – 7

The Roma midfielder was once again deployed as a left winger, and this time he crowned his performance with a well-taken goal from Barella’s assist. After a great first half, he slightly faded in the second.

Federico Chiesa –  5.5

The new Juventus player failed to impress for his second Italy start in a row. Perhaps he wasn’t fully fit, but he was seen casually jogging back during Netherlands’ equalizer when he could have helped in cutting off the ball.

Ciro Immobile – 6

The European Golden-shoe winner continues to misfire for Italy. Although the Lazio man should be lauded for his hard working display, his main job is to put the ball into the back of the net, and once again he failed to do so despite going one-on-one with the Dutch goalkeeper on one occasion.

Italy Substitutes

Moise Kean – 6.5

Once again the new PSG striker added some much needed energy and strength to Italy’s attack, as he threatened the Oranje defenders with his dangerous movements.

Manuel Locatelli – 5.5

This was far from being the Sassuolo man’s best Italy performance, as he looked uncomfortable with the ball whenever he went deep into the Netherlands areas.

Alessandro Florenzi – 6.5

Almost provided his teammates with an immediate assist, as his introduction reignited the Azzurri’s right flank.