Mancini’s selection leaves the best Belgian generation in history out of the tournament thanks to goals from Barella and Insigne. Spinazzolla ended up injured and crying

Italy celebrates Insigne’s goal.M. SCHRADEREFE

Italy has become the great defender of beauty in football. Compete like few others, something that is embedded in the shield as standard. But now, in addition, he is able to arouse the admiration of his former enemies before a vibrant and aesthetic proposal. Defending is now a good resource, not the reason for being. He refuses to look back because success is right in front of his eyes. And the ball, for so many years a strange body, is the great common thread of his story. This overwhelming Italy that eliminated Belgium on a beautiful night in Munich will be the rival of Spain in the semifinals of the European Championship. The best Belgian generation in history, on the other hand, is running out of time.

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In the tiny figure of Lorenzo Insigne the answers pile up. In his dribbling between rivals. In how he twists his ankle. In how he is able to stroke the ball so that it snakes until it reaches the square. Insigne, who was the one who scored the 0-2 in a dazzling first act of the Azure, not so long ago he was an outlaw. On the night of 2017 against Sweden in which Italy was left out of the World Cup after 60 years, the little Neapolitan was left on the bench. His coach at the time, Giampiero Ventura, I thought that the best thing to do was to prioritize the rowing arms of De Rossi. Me? But if we have to win, not draw! Perhaps there, in that end-of-course discussion, the definitive paradigm shift would be engendered. Never again should talent be despised.

Italy, who have already played 32 games without losing, overwhelmed the leader in the FIFA world rankings in the first half and third in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. True. Twilight Eden Hazard, their captain, had been left out with injury. But it impacted how Belgium, despite embryonic transitions of De Bruyne and the intimidating power of Lukaku, proved incapable of stopping the football storm blue.

Bonucci’s goal annulled

Those of Mancini, who woke up with a coordinated pressure that made life impossible for the veteran troika Belgian defense, they saw a goal disallowed for offside to Bonucci. The VAR had to lend a hand to the referee, who had escaped that a previous touch of Di Lorenzo caused the violation.

Belgium was not about to be a simple guest at the Italian festival. And answered so strongly that DonnarummaAt 22, he had to show his iron hands to De Bruyne and Lukaku. The great goalkeepers are the ones who raise their chins in appointments in which error condemns forever.

Another selection would have hinted at a certain fear at what might come upon him. Not only was it not, but Italy set out to embroider football.

He was rogue Verratti in the serve of a free kick that left the Belgian defenders in Babia. Although nothing would have happened if Nicol Barella, both heart and talent, would not have slipped between Thorn Hazard, Vertonghen Y entertain. His right hand to goal found no reply from Courteous.

The Belgian goalkeeper of Real Madrid was already invaded by full frustration when he saw Insigne start, whose fabulous thread to the net left Belgium badly injured.

Doku’s outburst

The combined of Roberto Martnez I found reasons for hope already at the end of the first half. Tissue, that loose verse that his coach made responsible for the zone of influence of the absent Eden Hazard, went like a thunderbolt towards the area. Di Lorenzo charged into the forward’s body, without a kick in between. Slavko Vincic, the party’s referee, understood that this should be a penalty, no matter how much the punished complained. Lukaku shot hard and to the center, suddenly opening a door that his own could not take advantage of.

Because in the second half, despite Roberto Martnez trying to reactivate his attack with Mertens Y chadlic -he was injured the minute he entered-, there was no way to take the tie. Nothing was heard of Carrasco. Lukaku came very close to renewing hope after Doku enabled De Bruyne. But the Inter forward encountered unexpected opposition from the scintillating Spinazzola. Perhaps not even the Italian lane himself knows how he got the ball. I will only have time now to think about his later bad luck. He was injured and his tears already revealed that his tournament may have ended.

Not so that of this Italy that will meet Spain on the penultimate step of an already unforgettable summer.


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