Moderate Orange suffers first defeat in Nations League against Italy

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The Dutch national team suffered a narrow defeat on Monday in the Nations League match against Italy. With a goal just before half time, the Italians won 0-1 against Orange, which made a weak impression.

Van de Beek starts in midfield

In the first half, Italy already had many chances and in the second minute of extra time, Nicolò Barella hit home. Italy was also stronger after the break, but more hits were not forthcoming in the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

Due to the defeat, the Orange squad has lost the lead in group 1 of the Nations League. The team of interim national coach Dwight Lodeweges remains on three points and Italy has four points from two matches. The other game in the group on Monday was won by Poland with 1-2 against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The next international match for the Dutch national team is a friendly game on October 7 in Amsterdam against Mexico. Shortly thereafter, matches in the Nations League with Bosnia and Herzegovina (October 11) and Italy (October 14) are scheduled.

Orange captain Virgil van Dijk drips off. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Unlike Poland on Friday evening, Italy did not come to the ArenA on Monday to defend. In fact, the rejuvenated team of national coach Roberto Mancini took the initiative and occasionally combined beautifully through the Dutch defense. In the first twenty minutes there were already three Italian chances.

After Joël Veltman lost the ball, Barella shot over via a Dutch leg, a spectacular half bicycle kick from Nicolò Zaniolo also went over and Ciro Immobile poked the ball just wide.

It took until the 32nd minute until the Orange finally got a good opportunity. Georginio Wijnaldum, who played as a disguised winger (Donny van de Beek had a basic place in midfield), turned well and was able to strike, but his shot went straight into the hands of goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

In the meantime, Italy continued to improve and on the stroke of half-time the reward came for the team that, like the Netherlands, was missing at the 2018 World Cup. Barella headed in a cross from Immobile (0-1), causing the Orange to go into half-time with worries.

Jasper Cillessen has no chance with Italy’s 1-0. (Photo: Pro Shots)

The bad first half did not make Lodeweges decide to switch. The game did not change initially, as Italy continued to improve and threw out another smooth attack. Lorenzo Insigne was the final station and he forced keeper Jasper Cillessen to an excellent save with a good shot.

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