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Italy returned this Saturday to the Olympic stadium in Berlin, a spot revered by its followers because it held its fourth World Cup there in 2006, inspired by the trovas of Buffon, the legendary goalkeeper, now a member of the nationwide technical group. He discovered no glory however spoil. Switzerland confirmed him the mirror. There, Spalletti's goals and the poverty of the squad of a group that skilled the Euro Cup like agony had been patented. Switzerland greater than deserves to be within the quarterfinals.


Yann Sommer, Manuel Akanji, Fabian Schär, Ricardo Rodríguez, Michel Aebischer (Renato Steffen, min. 91), Dan Ndoye (Vincent Sierro, min. 76), Granit Xhaka, Remo Freuler, Breel Embolo (Kwadwo Duah, min. 76) , Rubén Vargas (Steven Zuber, min. 70) and Fabian Rieder (Leonidas Stergiou, min. 70)


Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alessandro Bastoni, Matteo Darmian (Andrea Cambiaso, 74 min.), Gianluca Mancini, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Nicolò Fagioli (Davide Frattesi, 85 min.), Nicolò Barella (Mateo Retegui, 63 min.), Bryan Cristante (Lorenzo Pellegrini, 74 min.), Gianluca Scamacca, Stephan El Shaarawy (Mattia Zaccagni, 45 min.) and Federico Chiesa

1-0 min. 36: Maidens. 2-0 min. 45: Ruben Vargas

Referee Szymon Marciniak

Yellow playing cards

Barella (min. 34), El Shaarawy (min. 44), Gianluca Mancini (min. 56)

“We have to give young people a chance!” mentioned Luciano Spalletti on Friday, in a vibrant speech that appeared impressed by a prophetic imaginative and prescient. The Italy coach expressed this in a capital resolution when he left Jorginho on the bench and put Nicolò Fagioli in midfield, a 23-year-old boy who spent virtually your complete season clean, suspended for collaborating in unlawful bets. A big a part of the press supported a measure that eliminated the nationalized participant with out contemplating that he was probably the most skilled man on the squad and probably the most lucid with the ball at his toes. Spalletti thought he had discovered his successor. He wager that the regeneration that the folks anticipated would happen in Berlin. Suddenly. Without realizing it, this true soccer savant made the error that produces probably the most havoc: he confused wishes with realities.

Switzerland is the truth. This is a group with fundamentals. Sommer, a notable goalkeeper; Akanji, a world-renowned heart; Xhaka, one of the crucial influential midfielders within the event; Freuler, a dynamic, humble, passionate guard, with an vitality that infects his teammates. It is troublesome to be Swiss and never become involved in video games with these administrators and that’s what Ndoye, Vargas, Embolo and Aebischer did, in an outbreak of hostilities that introduced the Italians into their discipline.

Ruben Vargas of Switzerland celebrates the first goal against Italy.
Switzerland's Ruben Vargas celebrates scoring his first purpose in opposition to Italy.Stu Forster (Getty Images)

By enjoying collectively for years, the Swiss have achieved the sort of empathy and synchronicity that offers them an enormous benefit over groups like Italy, who discipline totally different strains in each line-up. Spalletti is stricken by his personal concepts. “I take the poison alone,” he confessed in Leipzig. The Swiss, so calm within the tunnel and so decided on the pitch, weren’t frightened by something. They gathered collectively, pressed, stole incessantly, broke away and linked up with ease in opposition to a Fagioli who appeared as alone as Jorginho did in opposition to Spain. More of the identical. Italy’s downside was by no means its midfield: it was all the things it had in entrance of it and behind it. Defensive gamers with out aggression, extra involved with getting out than marking, and attackers with out creativeness, progressively intimidated till they reached the apotheosis of the inferiority advanced. After half an hour, after a one-on-one with Embolo that was saved by Donnarumma, the Swiss struck the primary blow. Akanji cut up the strains with a move to Embolo, Ndoye took the ball in opposition to the resistance of the opposition midfield and Vargas joined the gang to arrange Freuler with a move into the guts of the realm. The midfielder entered free and caught Fagioli out in his place as a guard within the centre lane. Donnarumma didn’t forestall the 1-0.

The passage of time accelerated the spiral of degradation sky blue. With the primary ball performed within the first half, Fagioli arrange Xhaka, the Swiss captain, with an extended move. The transfer caught the Italians off guard. Vargas took benefit of his opponents' passivity within the retreat to fireside in on the far publish. The second purpose on the scoreboard plunged Spalletti into despair and his gamers into discouragement. The tackles of the heroic Zaccagni, the keen Retegui, the melancholic Pellegrini and the fervent Frattesi didn’t dispel the overall feeling that each one efforts could be in useless. It was not till the 72nd minute that Italy shot on track: a predictable shot from Retegui into the palms of Sommer.

Switzerland completed the afternoon patiently managing their lead. She was in a position to improve it in opposition to a traumatized opponent after crossing paths with Spain. The Italians accomplished the rest of the match like somebody filling out a type. The nice Jorginho noticed it from the bench. Maybe with aid. Now nobody can blame him for the catastrophe that surrounds him.

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma retires with his teammates after missing out on Euro 2024.
Gianluigi Donnarumma, Italy goalkeeper, retires together with his teammates after lacking out on Euro 2024.Associated Press/LaPresse (APS)

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