AGI – Italy’s approach to the European Championships begins with a friendly victory against San Marino, beaten in Cagliari with a severe 7-0.
At the Sardegna Arena, open for the occasion to 500 spectators, coach Mancini takes advantage of the ‘soft’ test to launch an experimental 11 and with an unpublished trident, formed by Kean, Grifo and captain Bernardeschi.
And it is the former Juventus who kicked off the scoring after a first half hour of the blues without flickering. After a minute of meditation in the memory of the victims of the Mottarone tragedy and the disappearance of Tarcisio Burgnich, Italy needs time to find the right measures e only took the lead on 31‘with Bernardeschi’s conclusion from outside.
The uncertainties of San Marino
The ‘Titano’ castle, on the pitch with a cautious 4-5-1, surrenders then to some serious uncertainties: in the 34th minute the Benedettini goalkeeper comes out badly and gives the joy of the goal to the rookie Ferrari, in the second half it only takes 4 ‘minutes for Politano (who took over from Kean) to take advantage of a slip by Fabbri and score with his left-handed the 3-0.
The Rooster on the net
It takes little to get into the scorers’ table too Belotti: the ‘Gallo’ drops the poker at 67 ‘ after the double exchange in the strait with Bernardeschi, protagonist in the subsequent actions that lead to the two goals of Pessina, interspersed with the goal of Politano for the personal double in the final 7-0.
A serene evening, however, for the two extreme Azzurri defenders Cragno and Meret, who alternated in the middle of the second half and in the run-off for the place as third goalkeeper behind Donnarumma and Sirigu.
Italy will be back on the field on June 4 at the Dall’Ara to face the Czech Republic, the last test before the debut at the European Championships against Turkey, scheduled for June 11 at the Olimpico in Rome.