In their final League A-Group 3 match on Monday, Italy defeated Hungary 2-0 to secure a spot in the Nations League final four. Giacomo Raspadori and Federico Dimarco scored both goals.
Italy, the defending European champions who were denied a spot in the World Cup in Qatar, ended first with 11 points from six games, one point ahead of Hungary in second place, who needed to avoid defeat to advance to their first Nations League semifinal.
In the 27th minute, Raspadori converted a rebound from the edge of the area after the defense erred.
After the break, Hungary had a wonderful opportunity to tie the score, but goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma stopped a flurry of shots from Loic Nego, Callum Styles, and captain Adam Szalai, whose international career ended on Monday.
In the 52nd minute, midfielder Federico Dimarco scored the second goal for the visitors after launching the ball goalward from close range.
“For 70 minutes, we performed admirably.
“I didn’t like the last 20 very much,” Italy coach Roberto Mancini remarked.
The second trip to the Nations League final four is significant, but the earlier outcomes are still evident.
Let’s assume that we were adept at starting over and creating a team with attainable goals.