Netherlands v Italy Live Commentary & Result, 07/09/2020, UEFA Nations League

Italy enter the interval with a richly deserved one-goal lead courtesy of Barella’s header on the brink of half-time. Mancini’s men created the vast majority of the first-half chances as both Immobile and Insigne went close earlier in the half, but it was Barella who eventually hit the target with his forceful header in added time. Netherlands largely failed to stamp their authority on the half with Wijnaldum’s drilled strike representing their best attacking moment.

45′ + 2′ HALF-TIME: Netherlands 0-1 Italy.


45′ + 1′ The likes of Jorginho and Insigne should not be overlooked for their role in helping unlock the Netherlands defence, but Immobile also deserves plenty of credit for spotting Barella’s run and then looping a pinpoint delivery his way.


45′ + 1′ GOOOAL! Barella makes it 1-0 to Italy! An excellent team move results in Insigne teeing up Immobile on the left-hand side of the box, and the striker clips a fine cross into the middle which is met by the arriving Barella who powers his header past Cillessen.

45′ There will be two minutes of added time.

44′ Insigne cuts inside from the left before threading a disguised pass towards both Immobile and Spinazzola on his left, but it just evades the Italian duo as Veltman ushers it out for a goal-kick.


42′ Italy are forced into making the first switch of the match as Kean is brought on to replace the injured Zaniolo.

40′ Zaniolo requires medical treatment after staying down following a collision with Van de Beek.

38′ Immobile and Insigne produce some promising link-up play on the left-hand side of the box before the latter skids a low strike straight at Cillessen from just inside the area.

36′ Spinazzola continues to look dangerous as he delivers a well-weighted cross from the left flank, but Barella’s overhead kick loops well over the bar.

34′ SO CLOSE! Insigne skips past the challenge of Hateboer as he cuts inside from the left flank, but he whips his fine 20-yard strike narrowly wide of the right-hand psot.

32′ SAVE! Wijnaldum shows his attacking flair by evading the challenges of Bonucci and Chiellini to create an opening just outside the box, but he drills a low strike straight at Donnarumma.

30′ Netherlands are now looking to string a series of passes together following Italy’s positive start which has seen them register 61 per cent of the possession so far.

28′ Jorginho orchestrates another strong attacking move for Italy which culminates in Barella seeing his side-footed shot deflect into the grateful hands of Cillessen from inside the box.

26′ Barella lifts a fine pass towards Insigne who is unmarked on the left-hand side of the box, but the referee halts play following Immobile’s foul on Veltman off the ball.

24′ Spinazzola is still being granted considerable space to break forward on the left flank, and he once again uses this to place a cross into Zaniolo who just struggles to bring it under control inside the box.

D. D’Ambrosio

Yellow Card


23′ D’Ambrosio is shown the first yellow card of the match for a foul on Promes near the halfway line.

21′ A prolonged spell of Italian possession results in Jorginho attempting to loop a teasing pass towards Zaniolo on the right flank, but it deflects out for a throw-in to Mancini’s men.

19′ WIDE! Insigne displays superb awareness to loft a throughball into the path of Immobile who enters the penalty box before stroking his low strike inches wide of the right-hand post.

17′ Spinazzola shows excellent ball-carrying ability as he surges towards the left-hand byline before clipping a cross towards Zaniolo at the back post, but the attacker lifts his acrobatic effort over the crossbar from close range.

15′ D’Ambrosio looks to pick out the run of Insigne with a cross-field pass towards the left channel, but the Italian winger mistimes his movement and is flagged offside.

13′ Depay charges into the right-hand side of the box before going to ground under the challenge of Spinazzola, but his appeals for a penalty are waved away by the referee.

12′ CLOSE! Veltman can only clear the ball as far as Barella on the edge of the Netherlands box, but his 20-yard strike deflects off Veltman before drifting narrowly over the bar.

10′ The ball bounces kindly for Depay some 30 yards from goal, but his highly ambitious half-volley sails well over the right-hand side of the goal.

7′ Italy concede a corner as Chiellini is forced into playing a poor pass back to Donnarumma following heavy pressure from Depay, but Netherlands fail to capitalise on the error as Donnarumma just about manages to punch it away.

5′ Spinazzola receives the ball in plenty of space on the left flank, but his eventual cross is deflected out for a corner by Hateboer and the resulting corner is cleared away.

3′ Italy register the first attempt on goal as Immobile latches on to a throughball just inside the left-hand side of the box before dragging his half-volley comfortably wide of the far post.

1′ The referee blows his whistle and Netherlands get the game underway!

The players are emerging from the tunnel as kick-off draws closer at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

Italy boast an excellent recent record against Netherlands which has seen them go unbeaten in the last five meetings between the two sides. Netherlands’ last victory over the Azzurri came at the start of Euro 2008 where they ran out 3-0 winners.

There has been just one change to the Netherlands side with Manchester United’s new signing Donny van de Beek replacing Bergwijn in the starting line-up. Meanwhile, Roberto Mancini has made seven changes for Italy with Donnarumma, Bonucci, Barella and Insigne the only players to keep their spots. This sees the likes of Jorginho, Chiellini and Immobile enter the side, while Locatelli is set to make his full international debut.

ITALY SUBS: Francesco Caputo, Moise Kean, Alessandro Florenzi, Bryan Cristante, Francesco Acerbi, Alessio Cragno, Andrea Belotti, Federico Chiesa, Luca Pellegrini, Gianluca Mancini, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Salvatore Sirigu.

ITALY (4-3-3): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Danilo D’Ambrosio, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Spinazzola; Nicolo Barella, Jorginho, Manuel Locatelli; Nicolo Zaniolo, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne.

NETHERLANDS SUBS: Tim Krul, Perr Schuurs, Steven Bergwijn, Marco Bizot, Kevin Strootman, Leroy Fer, Kenny Tete, Luuk de Jong, Mohamed Ihattaren, Ryan Babel, Owen Wijndal.

NETHERLANDS (4-3-3): Jasper Cillessen; Hans Hateboer, Joel Veltman, Virgil van Dijk, Nathan Ake; Marten de Roon, Frenkie de Jong, Donny van de Beek; Georginio Wijnaldum, Memphis Depay, Quincy Promes.

Dwight Lodeweges’ men now face a tough test against an Italian side who drew 1-1 against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Friday, with Stefano Sensi levelling the scores for Roberto Mancini’s men in the second half. This result brought an end to Italy’s 11-game winning run which had extended way back to November 2018.

Netherlands started life without Ronald Koeman on a positive note as they sealed a 1-0 victory over Poland on Friday night. Steven Bergwijn was on target for the Dutch as they built on their strong Nations League record last time around which saw them reach the 2019 final where they lost to Portugal.

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