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Mattia Zacaggni scored a objective with a number of worth within the final second of a tortuous match like few others for Italy. The Lazio attacker's objective made it 1-1 and allowed the azzurri qualify for the spherical of 16 as runners-up in group B, behind Spain. Croatia paid for it, clearly dominating the night time till Modric was substituted within the ultimate stretch and Spalletti, the questioned Italian coach, rectified the aberration he introduced in the beginning, a 5-3-2 that goes towards his convictions and that sowed doubts to their footballers at a time of most rigidity and disenchantment across the nationwide staff.


Dominik Livakovic,
Josip Sutalo,
Josip Stanisic,
Josko Gvardiol,
Marin Pongracic,
Mateo Kovacic,
Marcelo Brozovic,
Luka Modric,
Andrej Kramaric,
Luka Sucic,
Mario Pasalic,
Ante Budimir (Mario Pasalic, min. 45), Ivan Perisic (Luka Sucic, min. 69), Luka Ivanusec (Mateo Kovacic, min. 69), Lovro Majer (Luka Modric, min. 79) y Josip Juranovic (Andrej Kramaric, min. 89)


Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alessandro Bastoni, Riccardo Calafiori, Matteo Darmian, Nicolò Barella, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Jorginho, Federico Dimarco, Mateo Retegui, Giacomo Raspadori, Davide Frattesi (Lorenzo Pellegrini, min. 45), Federico Chiesa (Federico Dimarco, min. 56), Gianluca Scamacca (Giacomo Raspadori, min. 74), Mattia Zaccagni (Matteo Darmian, min. 80) and Nicolò Fagioli (Jorginho, min. 80)

1-0 min. 54: Modric. 1-1 min. 97: Zaccagni

Referee Danny Makkelie

Yellow playing cards

Luka Sucic (min. 23), Modric (min. 59), Luka Ivanusec (min. 72), Marin Pongracic (min. 77), Josip Stanisic (min. 81), Brozovic (min. 90), Riccardo Calafiori (min. 92), Nicolo Fagioli (min. 95)

“Tonight will hurt us,” stated Zlatko Dalic, “and the damage will last for months; But in football you lose and if we have known how to celebrate successes together, now we must learn to suffer defeat together.” The Croatian coach was satisfied of an elimination that won’t be confirmed till it’s resolved which groups are one of the best 4 third within the group stage. Until this Monday, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Slovenia and Serbia are higher positioned within the qualifying mess that drives UEFA's want to extend the match. Be that as it might, the long-suffering Italy survives there.

The defeat towards Spain on the second day of the Euro Cup triggered an incredible breakdown in Italy's religious helmet. The previous reactionary currents that run by way of the soccer underground from Lombardy to Veneto, and from Milan to Rome, instantly emerged. The influential media column blue he obtained fed up with Luciano Spalletti's prophetic speech. The technician, who preaches that the Earth is spherical, is noticed as somebody exterior of actuality by a crowd that calls for much less doctrine and extra WINwith out offering extra concepts than a blurry picture of the previous bolt and counterpuncher. Regardless of the situations. Without realizing that successful with out sufficiently gifted gamers is troublesome when going through groups wealthy in expertise. The paradox of the present European champion is that he lacks good gamers and one of the best, like Jorginho, are systematically questioned by an atmosphere that’s suspicious of his lack of athletic qualities.

Even 11 Kipchoges wouldn’t have been sufficient for Italy to purchase time for the performs when Modric, Kovacic and the good Marcelo Brozovic teamed up in entrance. The demoralized Italian followers, only a few thousand blended among the many Croatian majority that invaded Leipzig, silently witnessed what appeared like a give up. Spalletti ought to have heeded the alarms of the response. His strategy, with an uncommon line of 5 heart backs and two wingers, evoked the wonderful historical past of lead. In the midfield, with one much less man to affiliate inside, Jorginho and Barella discovered themselves badly damage and poorly accompanied by the bitter Pellegrini. That he diez of the staff is a footballer so banal, so redundant, so tormented, speaks of the final discouragement that trapped the Italian expedition in Germany.

Spalletti's face, yellowish and disjointed, was a mirrored image of the staff he noticed. He sought to change the course by changing Pellegrini with Frattesi at half-time. But the celebration practice was rushing in the other way. A handball from Frattesi himself, earlier than the hour mark, led to a penalty. The VAR decreed it and the Croatian mob celebrated by throwing glasses filled with beer from the higher stands to the decrease stands, and from the decrease stands onto the sector, and flares shone in the back of the stadium. Donnarumma stopped Modric's shot, however within the subsequent play, after a cross completed by Budimir, Modric made amends by bursting the web. The rain was a deluge when Spalletti undid his invention and eliminated Di Marco and Darmian, the third heart again and a winger, to return Chiesa to the suitable winger and rebuild the reviled 4-3-3 first, after which find yourself enjoying with solely three defenses in a match of desperation and anger.

Italy grew when Modric left the sector and Brozovic was overwhelmed by the energetic play of Fratessi, Barella, Fagioli, Chiesa and the recovered Scamacca. The drama was operating out. Modric bit his shirt within the final play of the sport. Italy assault. Riccardo Calafiori drives the ball by way of the center of the sector, nobody expects it, he leans on Barella and causes chaos. Croatian defenders panic. The cross from him to Zacaggni, one other thrilling substitute, led to an excellent objective. The objective that reminded Spalletti that so long as he’s trustworthy to his concepts there will probably be hope for Italy.

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