16 November 2019 00:48
Italy continued their renaissance as they cruised to an impressive 3-0 win away to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Friday night. The Azzurri raced into a two-goal lead thanks to goals from Franceso Acerbi and Lorenzo Insigne inside the opening 37 minutes. Francesco Acerbi gave Italy the perfect start with the opening goal on 21 minutes Lorenzo Insigne scored Italy's second in their impressive 3-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina Andrea Belotti curled home a wonderful third as Italy made it nine wins out of nine in Group I Lorenzo Insigne then added gloss to the scoreline with Italy's third on 52 minutes as Mancini's men made it nine wins out of nine in qualification. Since then, the former Manchester City boss has added a host of young faces to his squad but it was one of his more experienced players, Acerbi, who gave Italy the lead on 21 minutes. The centre-back drilled a low shot into the bottom right-hand corner as the visitors got the reward their early efforts deserved.
Less than 15 minutes later they doubled their advantage through Insigne, who fired home a right foot shot into the bottom left hand corner. Italy never looked like surrendering their lead and on 57 minutes they were out of sight as Torino star Belotti raced onto a through ball and curled home a brilliant effort into the top right-hand corner. Victory leaves Mancini's side top of Group I with nine wins from a possible nine, and an increasing threat ahead of next summer's tournament. Italy beats Bosnia 3-0 for record 10th straight win ZENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Italy set a national record for consecutive wins after beating Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0 in a European Championship qualifier on Friday. Francesco Acerbi and Lorenzo Insigne scored in the first half in Zenica and Andrea Belotti added a delightful third after the break.
Gianluigi Donnarumma was sharp to keep out Ermin Bicakcic's close-range header and defender Zoran Kvrzic made a great block to deny Insigne before Italy went in front. The visitors worked the ball into the box and Nicolo Barella teed up Acerbi, who showed quick feet before rifling into the bottom-right corner. Things got better when Belotti wormed his way into the area to pick out Insigne and his effort found the bottom-left corner despite not making clean contact. Donnarumma made fine saves from Gojko Cimirot and Adnan Kovacevic to protect the two-goal lead and Belotti put the match to bed after 52 minutes. The Torino forward raced onto Barella's through-ball and his sweetly hit 20-yard effort curved past Ibrahim Sehic.
Italy No. 1 Gianluigi Donnarumma was busy during the opening exchanges, and the stopper denied Ermin Bicakcic from scoring the opener after eight minutes. The visitors slowly composed their game and began to open up Bosnia before scoring the first of the night. Federico Bernardeschi danced passed his marker as he snuck in behind the defence, allowing Acerbi to finish with a neat side-footed effort. Italy appeared controlled after the opener, and despite Bosnia remaining competitive, a second strike soon followed. Insigne rolled his shot past goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic, giving the group winners the cushion they desired and deserved at the interval. Roberto Mancini's men made it an easy second half after obtaining their third through the impressive Belotti. The Italians have already secured qualification for Euro 2020, and Bosnia are guaranteed a play-off spot after winning their UEFA Nations League group. Soccer Football - Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group J - Bosnia and Herzegovina v Italy - Bilino Polje Stadium, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina - November 15, 2019 Italy's Federico Bernardeschi in action with Bosnia and Herzegovina's Sead Kolasinac REUTERS/Dado Ruvic ZENICA, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Reuters) - Italy stretched their perfect record in Euro 2020 qualifying to nine wins after goals from Francesco Acerbi, Lorenzo Insigne and Andrea Belotti gave them a 3-0 victory at Bosnia and Herzegovina in a lop-sided Group J qualifier on Friday. The Italians, who were already assured of advancing, top the group with a maximum 27 points and were joined by second-placed Finland (18 points) who reached their first major tournament with a 3-0 home win over Lichtenstein in the early kickoff. Bosnia dropped to fifth on 10 points and although Finland's victory dashed any slim hopes they had of finishing in the top two, the Balkan country can still progress to next year's tournament via the Nations League playoffs in March. With Finland's success reducing the game to a dead rubber, it was played at walking pace for long spells but the gulf in class was apparent as defender Acerbi fired the visitors ahead with a fine individual effort in the 21st minute. Insigne doubled Italy's lead with a bouncing shot on the turn in the 37th, while goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma denied Bosnia's Ermin Bicakcic and Adnan Kovacevic with a pair of excellent saves at the other end. Disgruntled home fans treated Belotti to a standing ovation after the striker made it 3-0 with a spectacular 53rd-minute goal, as he took a through ball in his stride and beat Ibrahim Sehic with a thunderbolt from 18 metres.