Italy reach Nations League finals

Roberto Mancini hailed an “extraordinary” performance as Italy brushed aside injury and coronavirus woes to reach next year’s Nations League finals on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo.


Andrea Belotti volleyed in a Lorenzo Insigne cross after 22 minutes with Domenico Berardi adding a second on 68 minutes to ensure the Azzurri finished top of League A group 1.

Afterwards Mancini celebrated with his players on the pitch via video chat from his home in Italy where he is isolating after testing positive for coronavirus.

“I have to thank all the lads, who did a great job over the last two years, those who played tonight and those, like me, who were at home,” he told Italian television.

“It will certainly be an important tournament given that we will host it in Italy and it will be after the European Championships.

“In a short time we will have two great competitions.”

Italy beat Poland 2-0 on Sunday and finished off the job against the already-relegated Bosnians, extending their unbeaten run to 22 matches.

The young Italian side proved solid despite the absence of players including Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Marco Verratti, Ciro Immobile and Federico Chiesa.

The Bosnians were also without several players because of Covid-19, including Roma forward Edin Dzeko and Arsenal left-back Sead Kolasinac.

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