The UEFA Nations League was in action today as Italy hosted Spain at the San Siro Stadium in the semi-final round of the competition. Spain defeated Italy 2-1 to book their place for the finals of the competition after a solid performance at the San Siro Stadium. Two goals from Ferran Torres were enough to send Spain through to the finals after a tightly contested encounter at San Siro Stadium.
Spain was arguably the better side in the game as they showed more determination to win the game. They started the game well and scored the first goal in the 17th minute courtesy of Ferran Torres and maintained the momentum throughout the first half.
The game became more interesting when Leonardo Bonucci was sent off after receiving a second yellow card making the match easier for Spain who went on to win the game 2-1.
Spain becomes the first team to defeat Italy in a competitive football match since 2019, ending the Italian 37 games unbeaten streak. Ferran Torres two goals helped Spain to end Italy's Unbeaten streak that comprises 28 wins and 9 draws.
Italy wouldn't have lost if Roberto Mancini was more careful with his tactics as he made two wrong decisions in today's match.
1. Starting Nicolo Barella ahead of Manuel Locatelli:
Without any doubt, Nicolo Barella is the weakest link in Italy's three-man midfield of Jorginho and Marco Verrati. Italy started the Euros poorly with this midfield combination until Manuel Locatelli came in and added more energy to the midfield. Manuel Locatelli is far better than Barella and his omission in today's game cost Italy the game.
2. Removing Jorginho:
Jorginho is the anchor, the brain and the engine behind Roberto Mancini's Italian side. Jorginho was the man controlling the midfield for Italy even when the Italians were one man down but Roberto Mancini made the mistake of substituting him in the second half. Italy lost control of the midfield after Jorginho was substituted in the 64th minute of the game.
Roberto Mancini got his tactics, substitutions and lineup wrong today as he got outclassed by his counterpart, Luis Enrique in today's big game. Spain is through to the finals of the Uefa Nations League and will face either Belgium or France in the finals.
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