Portugal’s ‘dark’ display lit up by qualifying
National Team drew for the first time in San Siro and secured the qualification for the next phase of the League of Nations, in a match, suffered and low shine.
Portugal is in the final four of the League of Nations. The scorer’s team drew 0-0 against Italy at San Siro on Saturday to retain their lead in Group A of the competition. In a display ‘dark’ and suffered, it was worth the qualification and guarantee of a historical achievement, since never the Portuguese set had scored in the Milanese stronghold.
With Mario Rui on the left side of the defense, facing the physical problems that Raphael Guerreiro suffered in preparation for this match, and with a midfield to three, with Rúben Neves, William Carvalho and Pizzi, the European champions came in ‘shy’ giving the initiative of game to the Italians, who soon showed desire to reach the goal.
After 5 minutes, Insigne played the first big moment of the night and forced Rui Patrício to one of those almost impossible defences. After gaining space, the Naples player fired a ‘missile’ from outside the area and only did not open the scoring because the Portuguese keeper was huge. In the recharge, Immobile shot over and returned the calm to the Portuguese.
It was given the first warning of a Squadra Azzura that completely dominated the whole first part. Always in high pressure, Roberto Mancini’s side kicked Portugal to the ‘ropes’, was recovering balls in the first or second zone of Portuguese construction and, thus, prevented the team from connecting their game and get possession.
Except for a ‘tear’ of Bruma, at 10 ‘, which ended with a Chiellini cut to the corner, only gave Italy. Already after half an hour, Rui Patrício returned to shine, denying the goal to Immobile, moments before Bonucci cause another chill in the Portuguese defence, with a header to scrape the post.
Income rise in the second part
After the interval, it was again Italy to better enter to cause panic in the Portuguese area. However, over time, the National Team went up on the ground and moved the ball away from its goal. With João Mario on the pitch, the formation of Fernando Santos managed, for the first time, to create a play with the principle, middle and end. Rúben Neves threw João Cancelo and Juventus’s side found João Mário in the heart of the area, but the Inter midfield player came out on top.
A bid that served as a ‘project’ for the great opportunity of goal, the next minute. After the Portuguese insistence, the ball was left for William Carvalho, at the entrance of the area, and the Betis midfielder first forced Donnarumma to a great intervention.
By the end, Italy still tried to ‘push’ for the goal, but Portugal resisted and held the tie, marking the presence in the next phase of the competition, which will take place in Guimarães and Porto in June.