Italy shares spoils with Netherlands in UEFA Nations League
ROME,. Italy kept its unbeaten run in the UEFA Nations League alive but lost the pole position of the group after a 1-1 home draw with the Netherlands on Wednesday, reported Xinhua news agency.
The Azzurri managed one victory and two draws in the previous three group games, and the first leg between the two sides finished 1-0 in Italy’s favour.
In Wednesday’s game, with Marco Verratti pulling the strings in the midfield, veteran Giorgio Chiellini returned to action to marshal the defence, while Ciro Immobile lead the three-forward line flanked by Federico Chiesa and Lorenzo Pellegrini.
The home side broke the deadlock in the 16th minute with a great move as Nicolo Barella’s pass found Pellegrini, who got in front of his marker to beat goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen one-on-one.
The orange got back on level terms nine minutes later as Donny van de Beek drilled home after a series of rebounds.
Italy should have restored the lead in the 56th minute when Hans Hateboer’s error allowed Immobile to surge forward, but the top scorer in Serie A last season hit the chance off target.
The draw, coupled with Poland’s 3-0 victory over Bosnia & Herzegovina, dropped Italy to the second place with six points, while Poland leads the group with seven.