Italy remained unbeaten in 35 games and tied the European record set by Spain, but it was disappointing in the end because it was frustrating to draw with Bulgaria 1-1 in the Group C World Cup qualifiers on Thursday.
In their first game since winning the European Championship in July, Federico Chiesa did not hesitate to lead Italy and completed the wonderful game in 16 minutes.
However, Atanas Iliev equalized the score five minutes before the break, which was Italy’s first goal so far conceded in a World Cup qualifier.
The second half was one-way traffic. The home team was looking for a winner, but apart from Ciro Immobile’s effort from a small angle, Roberto Mancini’s team didn’t seem to want to score again.
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Despite the draw, Italy is still in a strong position and can participate in the World Cup to be held in Qatar next year. It ranked first in the group with 10 points in four games. Despite playing two more games, it is still higher than second place Switzerland. 4 points.
“We have a chance to win, we are too hasty, and possession of the ball is a bit wasteful,” Italian captain Leonardo Bonucci told Lai Sports“We want to celebrate the new beginning with a victory in front of our fans.”
On the 53rd day after their victory over England in the European Cup in 2020, Italy opened with 9 players on that famous Wembley night and showed no signs of relaxation in the game against Bulgaria because Chiesa was in front of them early. Petting them.
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The hotline forward played a neat one or two with Immobile before finding the corner, and the Italian team maintained the advantage after the breakthrough.
The Azzurri looks to be at the same style as Spain’s record set in the 2007-09 season. Only Brazil maintained a longer unbeaten record in the 1993-96 season, 36 games, but Iliev used Bulgaria’s only real The offense silenced the audience for half the time.
The European champions were expected to launch an onslaught in the second half, but it did not come in the end. They had 27 shots in total, but they couldn’t create a deadly chance because the visitor dug up a deserved score.
Italy will next face Switzerland in Basel on Sunday, while Bulgaria will face Lithuania.