Hungary 0-2 Italy: The European champions reach the Nations League final at the expense of the hosts


Italy is the third nation to qualify for the Nations League finals

Italy beat Hungary in the Nations League semi-finals, beating hosts Budapest.

Marco Rossi’s Hungarian side went into the match at the Puskas Arena needing just a draw to reach the last four of the competition.

However, thanks to a defensive lapse, Giacomo Raspadori fired the ball into an empty net to put Italy ahead.

Federico Dimarco sealed victory for the European champions when he tapped in Bryan Cristante’s cross after the break.

The result means Italy finish top of Group A3 with 11 points from six games, one point above Hungary, third-placed Germany and fourth-placed England.

It was also Italy’s first win in Budapest since 1996 and despite goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma being called upon to make several brilliant late saves, Roberto Mancini’s side were deserved winners.

Italy, who failed to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar, will meet Croatia and the Netherlands in next June’s semi-final tournament, while Spain and Portugal meet in Braga on Tuesday for the last available place.

The eleven

Hungary

training 3-4-2-1

  • 1Goulash
  • 2Lang
  • 6Stain
  • 4Szalai
  • 5vialBooked in 87 minutes
  • 8bigreplaced bystylesin 45′minutes
  • 13Schaefer
  • 18Kerkezreplaced byRichin 57′minutes
  • 7businessreplaced bythe bubblein 75′minutes
  • 10Szoboszlareplaced byKleinheislerin 85′minutes
  • 9SzalaiBooked in 45 minutesreplaced byAdamin 75′minutes

replacements

  • 3little
  • 11Varga
  • 12Dibus
  • 14the bubble
  • 15Kleinheisler
  • 16Rich
  • 17styles
  • 19Adam
  • 20friend
  • 21stick
  • 22soapy
  • 23toilets

Italy

training 3-5-2

  • 1G Donnarumma
  • 4stupid
  • 19Bonucci
  • 15ImmatureBooked in 34 minutesreplaced bySticksin 45′minutes
  • 2by Lorenzoreplaced byMazzocchiin 90′minutes
  • 18Extender
  • 8jorginhoreplaced byHe runs awayin 73′minutes
  • 16Cristante
  • 3Dimarco
  • 11Gnontoreplaced byGabbiadiniin 66′minutes
  • 10to the raspreplaced byFraudin 72′minutes

replacements

  • 5Ramos Brands
  • 6He runs away
  • 7to Frattes
  • 9Fraud
  • 12Mere
  • 13Esposito
  • 14the faucet
  • 17Mazzocchi
  • 20Gabbiadini
  • 21Provedel
  • 22Server
  • 23Sticks

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