After a disappointing debut, the Italians celebrated 1-0 on the road.
The League of Nations continued on Monday the dispute of the second date with two matches corresponding to Group A1. In Amsterdam, Italy achieved a narrow but important victory over the Netherlands 1-0, which allowed them to be the only leader with 4 points. The only goal was scored Nicolo Barella. In the other meeting, Poland beat 2-1 to Bosnia.
In the debut, last Friday before Bosnia, the Italian fans were disappointed with the 1-1. Coach Roberto Mancini made seven changes to the starting lineup this Monday and found a much more solid team.
“Italy pressured us from the first moment and divided us,” admitted the Dutch footballer Frenkie de Jong, Lionel Messi teammate at Barcelona. Barella’s header goal, a key player in Lautaro Martínez’s Inter midfield, came at the end of the first half after a good pass from Ciro Immobile That completed a great team play.
In the other match of the group, in Zenica, Poland beat Bosnia 2-1 as a visitor with goals from Kamil Glik and Kamil Grosicki to overcome the locals’ initial goal, scored by Hajradinovic from a penalty.
Thus, after two dates, Italy has 4 points, Holland and Poland 3, while Bosnia has just one unit.
In the second echelon of the Nations League, also in group 1, the Norwegian Erling Haaland stood out, scoring two goals for his team in the victory against North Ireland 5-1 in Belfast. Elyounoussi and Sorloth (2) also scored, while Mc Nair scored the Irish goal.
By the same group, in Klagenfurt, Austria lost local with Romania 3-2. For the Austrians, Baumgartner and Onisiwo scored, while for the winners the goals were from Alibec, Grigore and Maxim. Romania leads the group with 4 points, Austria and Norway have 3, and Northern Ireland 1.
In group 2 of League B, Scotland achieved an important 2-1 victory over Czech Republic as a visitor in Olomouc. Dykes and Christie from penalty scored for the Scots, who managed to change history after going behind with a goal scored by Pesek for the locals.
In Netanya, meanwhile, Israel achieved an agonizing draw against Slovakia, who won with a goal from Duris from 14 minutes. Elmkies put the final 1-1 in the first added minute. After two dates, Scotland adds 4 points, Czech Republic, 3; Israel, 2; and Slovakia, 1.
Finally, there were two games in group 4 of League C, which has all four members with 3 points. In Almaty, Kazakhstan 1 (Aimbetov) – Belarus 2 (Bordachev and Lisakovich); and in Tirana, Albania 0 – Lithuania 1 (D. Kazlauskas).
This Tuesday, September 8, 9 games will be played with which the second date will be closed in the three categories. In the upper group, the clashes between Belgium e Iceland and of Denmark with England, from group 2; France-Croatia and Sweden-Portugal, from group 3. They will also play Armenia–Estonia, Georgia–North macedonia, Cyprus–Azerbaijan, Luxembourg–Montenegro and San Marino–Liechtenstein.