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Italy - Ukraine
International friendlies - 10 October 2018
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Jeers at the full-time whistle as Italy's frustrations continue. The Azzuri were the dominant side but Roberto Mancini's side are left to rue a host of missed opportunities.
Both squandered by Immobile. In the first instance he takes a heavy touch when played through on goal. Moments later he has another opportunity, only this time to fire wide from the top of the 'D'.
FOUR minutes will be added on.
Subs. Subs. Subs. At this stage, what is the point? Domenico Criscito is on for Italy, while Sergey Krivtsov comes on for the visitors.
Italy's FOURTEENTH corner of the game is cleared at the near post as Ukraine survive. It's not going to be their night, is it? Mancini looks frustrated on the touchline, and any wonder. His team have wasted more than their fair share of chances.
Italy force a corner and the big guys from defence are up to contest the delivery. And it's Bonucci who climbs highest but his looping header is never troubling the goalkeeper.
ITALY SUB: Cristiano Piccini is on for Florenzi.
Down at the other end Pellegrini threatens with a deflected effort. The game hangs in the balance with 10 minutes remaining.
Tsigankov almost steals it for Ukraine! He fires a low and venomous effort at goal, Donnarumma looks beaten but it drifts just wide of his post.
Subs are threatening to spoil the rhythm of this game now. Italy make two more: Barella and Insigne are off, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Domenico Berardi their replacements.
UKRAINE SUBS: Artem Kravets and Ivan Petryak are on, Yaremchuk and Konoplyanka are off.
ITALY SUB: Giacomo Bonaventura replaces Verratti.
Ukraine keep the ball alive on the flank and it's whipped into the heart of the penalty area where Stepanenko rises highest, but his bullet-header is kept out by Donnarumma.
OFF THE BAR!
Florenzi trips Konoplyanka and Ukraine are awarded a free-kick in a dangerous area. Up steps Malinovskyi who bends the ball around the wall and is denied only by the crossbar! Donnarumma may have got a slight touch.
That equaliser has restored Ukraine's self-confidence and they look far more threatening now than at any other stage of the game.
Ukraine sense they can go on to win this game now as they force a corner, which is easily dealt with by Donnarumma.
Well, well, well. Where did that come from? Dominant Italy had finally edged in front and Mancini will be furious his side have conceded quite so easily.
GOAL! Italy 1-1 Ukraine
THE VISITORS ARE LEVEL! A corner delivery finds Malinovskiy who swings a hopeful boot at the loose ball, it takes two bounces and ends up in the back of the net. A goal out of nowhere.
Chiesa drives forward but is forced into a wide area. He looks up, pulls a cross back for Insigne but his strike partner just can't stretch enough to meet it.
- OffFederico BernardeschiItaly
- OnCiro ImmobileItaly
ITALY SUB: Bernardeschi's reward for his goal is to be replaced by Ciro Immobile.
- OffSerhiy SydorchukUkraine
- OnTaras StepanenkoUkraine
UKRAINE SUB: Taras Stepanenko replaces Sydorchuk.
It is a real shame for Pyatov who had almost single-handedly kept the Italians out until now. One howler and he gifts the home side the lead. But no one will say Mancini's men don't deserve a bit of luck.
GOAL! Italy 1-0 Ukraine
ITALY HAVE THE BREAK-THROUGH! It's a horrible mistake from the goalkeeper. Bernadeschi's left-footed daisy-cutter looks comfortable for Pyatov but he can only push the ball over his body and into the net.
Italy win their umpteenth corner, and they play it short - AGAIN! It comes to nothing as Insigne's cross is played straight into the arms of Pyatov. The hosts are lacking ideas in the attack.
YELLOW CARD! Verratti has his shirt pulled by his marker but responds by throwing his hand into his opponent's face.
Insigne steps up to take the free-kick, which is around 20 yards out... but he can't get the ball up and over the wall. Blocked.
YELLOW CARD! Burda has his name taken by the referee for a deliberate handball. That is certainly one way to intercept Barella's dinked through-ball.
Ukraine made a change at the break with Shevchenko replacing Marlos with Viktor Tsygankov.
- 2nd Half
The second-half is underway. Italy were dominant in the first-period but lacked that spark in the final third - will anyone in blue provide the moment of magic needed to change the dynamics of this contest?
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The teams make their way for the tunnel with the scores locked at 0-0. Italy have been the better side and have created the more clear-cut openings but there has been no way through for the Azzuri just yet.
Beautiful close-control from Marlos to get away from Barella but his low shot is comfortable for Donnarumma.
Play resumes after a dignified tribute.
Play is halted - this allows players, supporters and coaches to take a moment to remember the 43 people who died when the Morandi bridge collapsed in August.
The ball is spread wide to Insigne who drops a shoulder to beat his marker and curls a shot at goal. Pyatov parries it into the path of Barella whose first-time volley is deflected behind for a corner.
Mancini may well be frustrated with the current score-line but there is plenty of aspects the Italy coach will be pleased with. His side are playing a lot of fluent football; the inter-link between his front-three has been nice in parts.
For the second time this evening Italy are caught offside after playing a short corner - this time Barella is the man in question.
Insigne is having to drop deep to become involved in the game. Anyway, he controls Bonucci's forward pass beautifully before laying it off to Chiesa. He lets fly with a shot which looks destined to creep in at the near post but Pyatov is at full stretch to parry it behind.
YELLOW CARD! Rakitskiy goes into the book for a reckless challenge on Bernardeschi.
Bernardeschi has been impressive in flashes for the Azzuri. He almost releases Insigne with a clever through-pass but it's slightly overcooked. Ukraine goal-kick.
Half-an-hour gone and it remains score-less. Italy have had the lion's share of possession and have controlled midfield but have yet to breach the visitors' defence. Nice tempo for a friendly.
Better from Ukraine who are threatening to find their groove. Marlos is teed up for a shot from 25 yards and he doesn't need asked twice. His curler looks to be on target until Bonucci throws his body in front of the shot to deflect the ball behind for a corner.
Donnarumma is called into action for the first time. But it's an easy save for the young Italian goalkeeper who barely has to move to stop Konoplyanka's shot.
Barella wraps his body around the ball and whips a lovely shot towards goal from the edge of the box. It's probably heading over but Pyatov isn't taking any chances and forces it over the bar with a finger-tip.
Insigne looks like he is in the mood. And the Napoli forward would have registered on the score-sheet a moment ago if he could have got slightly more curl in his right-footed shot. Pyatov was beaten.
Pyatov rushes off his line to clear a dangerous through-ball which Insigne had looked odds-on to meet.
Verrati surges to the by-line and floats in a devilish cross. He only had Chiesa to aim for but the young forward is out-jumped by Karavaiev who makes a crucial defensive header.
A rare foray forward from Ukraine, but Sydorchuk has few options in support and is forced to shoot from distance. It's blocked.
Ukraine concede another corner. It's whipped it into the heart of the penalty area but the visitors stand firm to deal with the danger.
Verratti is pulling the strings...
Relentless pressure from Italy. Veratti swings in another lovely delivery, it's nodded on to Biraghi at the back post but he can't get his feet sorted and wins only a corner.
Verrati's floated corner delivery is inch-perfect for Bouncci who tries the spectacular. But his acrobatic volley is brilliantly saved by the Ukraine no 1.
The Azzuri are certainly enjoying a bright start here. Chiesa pounces on a loose pass and he drives towards goal. Insigne is in space but the Fiorentina talent goes it alone, seeing his shot blocked.
Much more like it from Italy. A lovely passage of sweeping football in and around the Ukraine penalty area sees the space open up for Bernadeschi whose curler is well saved by Pyatov.
Italy have recovered well, forcing an early corner which they make a mess of.
A sloppy ball out of defence sees Italy surrender possession cheaply and they are almost immediately under pressure.
Ukraine, in their usual yellow, get us underway. Italy line up in a 4-3-3 formation.
The teams emerge into the stadium and we are only moments from the big kick-off!
Italy's last victory came back in May when the Azzuri overcame Saudi Arabia 2-1. And their last triumph before that was an unconvincing 1-0 win in Albania back in October 2017. Goals have been hard to come by in recent times. Mancini, undoubtedly, has a massive job on his hands to get this great nation back to anywhere near their best.
Tonight's match is being played in Genoa to help raise awareness and funds for those affected by the Ponte Morandi tragedy. The iconic bridge collapsed under heavy rain on August 14. Poignantly, play will halt at the 43rd minute to remember the 43 people who died that day.
All eyes will be on Toronto star Sebastian Giovinco who has been recalled to the Italy squad after three years in the wilderness. The 31-year-old was given the nod over Mario former Manchester City and Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli. Will he be given the chance to shine this evening?
There's a familiar face in town this evening: Andriy Shevchenko, now the coach of Ukraine. And the former AC Milan talisman is making quite an impression in management having led his country to four successive victories. In fact, Ukraine are unbeaten in seven matches.
An interesting selection from Mancini, especially in attack where the former Manchester City manager experiments with the front-three of Federico Bernardeschi, Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Chielsa.
Marco Verratti, back in the fold after a lengthy absence, features in midfield alongside Chelsea's Jorginho and the talented Nicolo Barella.
UKRAINE TEAM NEWS
Starting XI: Pyatov; Karavaev, Burda, Rakitskiy, Matviyenko; Marlos, Zinchenko, Sydorchuk, Malinovskyi, Konoplyanka; Yaremchuk
ITALY TEAM NEWS
Starting XI: Donnarumma; Florenzi, Bonucci, Chiellini, Biraghi; Verratti, Jorginho, Barella; Bernardeschi, Insigne, Chiesa
Subs: Sirigu, Perin, Cragno, Acerbi, Biraghi, Tonelli, Piccini, Emerson, Bonaventura, Gagliardini, Pellegrini, Berardi, Caprari, Giovinco, Immobile.
Hello and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE text commentary of Italy's friendly with Ukraine at Stadio Luigi Ferraris, the home of Sampdoria FC.
Roberto Mancini's side have won just once in their last nine games and have yet to get off the mark in the Nations League, sharing the spoils with Poland before losing to Portugal. And so tonight provides them with an opportunity to grab a much-needed confidence boost ahead of their trip to Chorzow on Sunday.