“This defeat makes the mission of marrying the Euro to the Nations League like Portugal void.”
1NEWS – Leonardo Bonucci’s red card when Italy was defeated by Spain in the UEFA Nations League semifinals made Gli Azzurri even worse. The 2-1 score for La Furia Roja was enough to stop Italy’s unbeaten record at 37.
Gli Azzurri conceded twice in the first half by Ferran Torres in the 17th and 45th minutes. The hosts also lost Bonucci between the two goals, to be exact in the 42nd minute. Playing with 10 men, Italy even managed to reduce the gap through Lorenzo Pellegrini in the 83rd minute. But they couldn’t do much more.
After the match Mancini admitted that he was disappointed with Bonucci. He was directed because the Juventus defender was not careful so he received two yellow cards that could have been avoided.
Bonucci received the first yellow card for protesting to the referee. Second yellow card for elbow to Sergio Busquets. “In games like this, sometimes incidents change the course of the game. The first half could easily have ended 1-1,” Mancini told RAI Sport.
“Obviously, Spain kept the ball well. But, it’s disappointing to lose like this, playing 10 men. We made mistakes that shouldn’t have happened at this level. To be honest, I didn’t see a second yellow card. But, that’s not the point. Leo should be. didn’t get himself a yellow card in both situations,” added Mancini.
With this defeat, Italy canceled Euro 2020 with the Nations League 2020/2021. In addition, the streak of unbeaten streaks must also be stopped.
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Last month, Italy broke Spain’s and Brazil’s 35-game unbeaten streak. A 0-0 draw against Switzerland in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers means Mancini’s squad are yet to lose in 36 matches. The record was then sharpened to 37 matches when Italy scored 5-0 against Lithuania a few days later.
However, the beautiful story ended. “Playing like this, scoring one goal and not conceding more when playing 10 men means a good performance,” concluded Mancini.
– Bonucci received his 2nd yellow for this foul. pic.twitter.com/oqF5mypBnR
— (@TheEuropeanLad) October 6, 2021