09/02/2021 at 10:57 PM CEST
With a changed foot, an unrecognizable Italy returned to action, having to settle for a draw against Bulgaria (1-1) on the way to qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Donnarumma; Florenzi (Toloi, 64 ‘), Bonucci, Acerbi, Emerson (Pellegrini, 92’); Barella (Cristante, 64 ‘), Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Immobile (Raspadori, 74 ‘) and Insigne (Berardi, 74’)
Georgiev; A. Hristov, Antov, P. Hristov, Nedyalkov; Kostadinov, Vitanov (Malinov, 75 ‘), Yankov (Chocev, 57’); Despodov, Iliev, Yomov (Delev, 46 ‘)
1-0 M. 16 Chiesa. 1-1 M. 39 Iliev.
Gozubuyuk (The Netherlands). TA: Barella (26 ‘), Toloi (74’) / Yomov (31 ‘), Nedyalkov (86’)
It was the first test for the champion of Euro 2021, the return to work after the great triumph at Wembley and the Italian coach, Roberto Mancini, did not go to speculate against Bulgaria. Up to nine of those who started in that final in London on July 12 repeated in the starting eleven.
And the duel started with the expected script, with the ‘azzurri’ dominating and creating the first chances of danger. So much so that the first quarter of an hour of the match had barely passed when the first goal arrived. Federico Chiesa was unmarked to receive a millimeter pass and beat Georgiev. Third target for the Juventus player who is going through a great moment of form.
The goal did not seem to have much of an effect on the Bulgarians, who were beset by the Italian bid, but then came the surprise. Atanas Iliev he sneaked into the area to surprise the transalpine defense and sign a great goal that was worth the draw before reaching the break.
In the second, he continued to dominate Italy but lacked the brilliance of the big nights. In the end, tables to maintain the streak of 35 games without knowing the defeat. It matches the historical brand that Brazil and Spain have.