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Poland - Italy
UEFA Nations League - 14 October 2018
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Italy win but boy did they leave it late. Biragi's injury-time goal proves the winner, but no one can argue Roberto Mancini's side don't deserve this.
- GoalCristiano BiraghiItaly
GOAAAAALLLLL! Poland 0-1 Italy
They've done it! Insigne's corner delivery is flicked on to the back post where Biraghi is on hand to scramble it in!
Poland win a free-kick, it's knocked back to Gilk whose low shot is comfortable for Donnarumma.
There will be THREE minutes of added time.
- OffArkadiusz RecaPoland
- OnArtur jedrzejczykPoland
POLAND SUB: A like-for-like change, Artur Jedrejczyk replaces Leca.
Whistles of concern from the Polish fans as Italy continue to probe. I still cannot believe this game is still goalless. As it stands Portugal will be crowned as group winners.
- OffAlessandro FlorenziItaly
- OnCristiano PicciniItaly
ITALY SUB: Cristano Piccini replaces Florenzi who has looked quite leggy recently.
- OffFederico BernardeschiItaly
- OnKevin LasagnaItaly
ITALY SUB: The brilliantly named Kevin Lasagna replaces Bernardeschi. Immobile goes back to his seat on the bench.
It's a wonder Ciro Immobile hasn't been brought on by now. Bernardeschi has been wasteful, as has Insigne.
OVER! Poland try to build from the back but a misplaced pass gifts Italy the ball. Bernardeschi tries his luck from range but sends his left-footed shot over.
DOUBLE CHANCE FOR POLAND! How is this game still goalless?! A lapse in concentration from Italy sees Lewandowski releasing Grosicki. He has time to take a touch but opts to shoot first time and Donnarumma makes a good save. The loose ball falls to Milik who shoots over from a matter of yards.
AWFUL HEADER! Chiesa drifts inside from the left and floats in a beautiful cross to Bernardeschi. It's set up on a plate for the striker but he heads wide with the goal-gaping.
Chiesa surges to the by-line and chips a cross into the penalty box, but no one in blue is prepared to gamble and Poland clear.
A great ball over the top from Jorginho releases Florenzi but his attempted cross is blocked by a recovering defender.
One pass too many from Italy. Verratti is at the heart of another move, exchanging passes with Bernardeschi. It comes back to Insigne who squares it for Chiesa but he's offside.
Verratti's woeful back-heel gifts Poland possession. Milik drives forward and releases Grosicki on the right. He drills a low ball across the face of goal but it's too close to Donnarumma.
Italy are regaining control of the match after a bright 10 minute Poland spell.
A low cross finds Biraghi at the back post but he leans back and fires his half-volley into the stands.
A long punt is controlled beautifully by Grosicki who then manages to get a shot away which is saved by the feet of Donnarumma! Italy make a mess of their clearance, it falls to Zielinksi who blazes the ball over from the edge of the box.
Italy have had 66 per cent of possession, registering 11 shots at goal to Poland's one - and still it remains goalless.
And Poland finally use the space in the wide areas as Reca accelerates down the flank before delivering a cross but Donnarumma is off his line to collect the high ball.
Insigne tries his luck from range but it's deflected behind for a corner, which comes to nothing.
At least Poland now have two genuine wingers on-field. They will be expected to provide support to Lewandowski and Milik who were left isolated throughout the first-half.
After a dismal first-half changes needed to be made, and the substitutes should provide more width for Poland.
A change in formation for Poland. Jakub Blaszczykowski and Kami Gorsicki are on for Linetty and Szymanski.
- 2nd Half
The second-half begins and there is a double Poland change to inform you on.
- End of 1st Half
Somehow Italy go in level with Poland at the break, despite creating a hat-full of opportunities. It's Poland 0-0 Italy.
SZCZNESY TO THE RESCUE ONCE MORE!
Another thrilling team-move from Italy, but it's the same end-result. Florenzi cuts inside, plays a one-two with a team mate before rifling a venomous shot at goal. Szcznesy gets down quickly to make the save though.
Zielinksi is allowed space in midfield to chip a ball over the defence to find Bereszuynski on the flank but he is caught by the Italian offside trap. Close call.
Poland could have absolutely no complaints if they were trailing by three or four goals by now. Will those missed opportunities come back to haunt Italy? It's difficult to imagine the hosts being quite so open in defence after the restart.
It has been quite a busy shift for Szcznesy who has to be alert to save Bernardeschi's shot from the edge of the box.
EXCELLENT STOP! Chiellini is up to attack a corner delivery and his headed effort is heading for the top corner but Szcznesy scrambles across his goal to make an excellent save.
BLOCKED! Biraghi bravely, and crucially, jumps in front of Milik's shot which looked dangerous. Poland have to settle for a corner.
GREAT SAVE! Here come the Italians once more, as they carve the home defence wide open. Jorginho is released but sees his left-footed shot palmed to safety by Szczesny.
- Yellow cardJorginhoItaly
YELLOW CARD! Jorginho goes into the book for a foul on Lewandowski.
ITALY STRIKE THE WOODWORK, AGAIN! This time it's Chiesa who is denied by the crossbar! It's another glorious effort from distance, but luck hasn't been on the Azzurri's side so far.
The visitors have had 63 per cent of possession so far, but it's still goalless.
Italy are playing a stylish brand of football and are in general control of the game, but with nearly half-an-hour gone they have yet to create a clear-cut opportunity. They really do miss a clinical striker. The days of Totti, Del Piero and Di Baggio are gone.
WHAT WAS THAT?! Bonucci with a rather bizarre shot from 35 yards! No surprise to see the ball sail harmlessly into the stands.
WIDE! Chielsa drives to the by-line and cuts it back to Bernardeschi who has time to pick his spot but scuffs his shot wide of the target.
Italy concede possession cheaply in midfield but the hosts fail to capitalise as an over-cooked through-pass is collected by Donnarumma who is off his line quickly.
And now Italy waste a decent opportunity from a wide area. Biraghi's in-swinger is inviting but none of his team mates are positioned to meet it.
Poland form a free-flowing move to release the ball to Bereszynski on the flank. He has Milik and Lewandowski as targets in the penalty area but it ends in frustration as he over-cooks his cross.
Zielinksi delivers the free-kick but it's cleared quite easily by the visitors.
Milik gets the wrong side of Barella and drives forward in a central position until he is fouled by his Italian marker.
The hosts have been out-numbered in midfield. Their slow start has frustrated the supporters who are chanting: "We want a goal, Poles, we want a goal."
Italy are enjoying themselves out there and it appears they are handling the pressure well. Their performance doesn't have the feel of a side which has won just once in 10 games.
A lovely fizzed diagonal ball is controlled beautifully by Chiesa who does well to deliver a low cross to the near post, but Poland clear.
A corner delivery causes chaos in the Polish penalty area but the hosts finally manage to hook it away. Italy have made a bright start.
OVER! Wrong option taken by Insigne. The Napoli forward is in red-hot form but this effort smacked of over-confidence. He tried to lob Szcznesy from inside the box when he should have gone for power.
Italy sides of old have always built their game on a solid defence, but conceding goals is a modern-day problem for Azzurri. They have failed to keep a clean sheet in eight consecutive matches - their worst run since 1958-59.
Chiellini, the rock in Italy's defence, beats Lewandowski to a dangerous cross as Poland try to stamp their authority on the game.
It was a lovely passage of build-up from Italy which led to Jorginho's effort, involving two of their front-three.
OFF THE WOODWORK! Super effort from Jorginho! He opens his body up and curls a beautiful shot towards goal. Szczesny can only watch as it cannons off the crossbar before bouncing to safety.
Six of Poland's starting XI play their football in Italy, but who will have the bragging rights come Monday morning?
- 1st Half
This crunch game begins, with Poland getting us underway.
FIVE MINUTES UNTIL KICK-OFF! With the threat of relegation hanging over both nations this should make for an enthralling contest.
Juventus and Poland goalkeeper Szczesny has been speaking to the press. "We won't lack motivation because we are not only fighting for three points, but to avoid relegation as well. Ambition will not allow us to lose." Fighting talk.
Both nations know defeat spells relegation while a draw sends Portugal to the finals. The pressure is on.
The Azzurri will know plenty about their hosts, seeing as a number of their best players are based in Serie A, including Napoli duo Piotr Zielinski and Milik.
Mancini, and the Italian supporters, were left frustrated with the draw with Ukraine. The truth is the Azzurri created plenty of opportunities but they miss the presence of a genuine world-class striker.
"I'm fed up of not winning and so is everyone," Mancini told reporters. "The positive thing is that the team played good football for long periods.
"It was a friendly so hopefully we can start winning on Sunday. It's obvious the fans are upset when their team doesn't win, but we mustn't listen to the jeers."
NO CHANGES FOR ITALY
Mancini names the same starting XI as he did for the 1-1 draw with Ukraine. That means Nicolo Barella is given the nod ahead of Lorenzo Pellegrini while Cristano Biraghi keeps his place at left-back with Domencino Cristcito benched. Italy's front-three looked dangerous, in parts, on Thursday night, and Federico Bernardeschi, Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Chiesa retain their positions this evening.
NO PIATEK FOR POLAND
Kryzsztof Piatek scored in the 3-2 loss to Portugal but has to make do with a place on the bench against Italy, with Arkadiusz Milik partnering Robert Lewandowski in attack. Wojciech Szcznesy comes in for Lukasz Fabianski between the sticks, while Jakub Blaszczykowski replaces the suspended Mateusz Klich in midfield.
Poland: Szczesny, Bereszynski, Glik, Bednarek, Reca, Szymanski, Goralski, Linetty, Zielinski, Lewandowski, Milik.
Italy: Donnarumma, Florenzi, Bonucci, Chiellini, Biraghi, Verratti, Jorginho, Barella, Bernardeschi, Insigne, Chiesa.
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Both nations trail Portugal after two games, with toothless Italy on a five-game winless streak. Roberto Mancini's side have just one victory in 10 games and will look to improve on their 1-1 draw at home to Ukraine on Thursday night. Poland are hoping to bounce back after the 3-2 loss to Portugal last time out.
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