The Dutch national team no longer has the group win in the Nations League in its own hands. With a 2-0 win over Poland, Italy took over the lead in Group 1 of Division A on Sunday.
Italy dominated the game at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia from the kick-off and therefore took a deserved lead against Poland before half-time, which mainly attracted attention with fouls and after-kicking.
Such a foul resulted in a penalty kick for Italy in the 27th minute. Grzegorz Krychowiak pulled striker Andrea Belotti to the ground with an indirect free kick and referee Clément Turpin pointed to the spot, from which Jorginho made no mistake: 1-0.
Italy also left Poland without a chance in the second half, which led to a lot of frustration for captain Robert Lewandowski’s team. In the 62nd minute, for example, the fire struck the pan after a rock-hard tackle by substitute Jacek Góralski on Belotti. Referee Turpin ‘only’ stuck to yellow.
Fifteen minutes later, Góralski was allowed to come in. He got his second yellow card for another foul on Belotti. Against Poland’s ten, Domenico Berardi secured the victory for Italy seven minutes before the end with a shot into the short corner.
Thanks to the victory over Poland, Italy is the new leader in the group with nine points. The Italians enter the last group match against Bosnia and Herzegovina with a lead of one point over the Orange. The Netherlands, which won 3-1 against Bosnia earlier in the day, will play against Poland on Wednesday. The group winner qualifies for the final round of the Nations League, which is scheduled for October next year.
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