Italy still in depression after draw with Ukraine

2018 Oct 11

A victory, against Saudi Arabia, in the last ten games. Five consecutive matches without triumph at home, never seen since 1925 ... The moment Italy lives can be quietly summarized by reading its results, image of a movement that hid with the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo to Serie A a crisis that seems irreversible since his absence to the World Cup in Russia. Neither before the Ukraine the Azzurra knew how to win again and had to be content, once again, with a sad draw.The friendly was played in Genoa, where on August 14, the Morandi bridge disaster ended the lives of 43 people. On the eve, the two teams visited the site of the tragedy and during the game, in minute 43, the game stopped to pay an emotional tribute to the victims. Mancini, who in that city wrote many pages of his history with the shirt of the Sampodria, imitated Ancelotti betting on the great scoring rhythm of Insigne, which he put false nine with Bernardeschi and Chiesa at his sides. In the midfield Barella was released, that the coach 'stole' the sub-21.His decisions seemed to have awakened the Azzurra, who in the first half showed good signs. Pyatov had a lot of work against the Italian forward, who however lacked a finalizer and went to rest deserving at least one goal, but without marking it.The goal of Shevchenko lent a hand to the premises deviating in his goal a shot of Bernardeschi at the start of the resumption, but Italy did not know how to take advantage of that gift. Ukraine reacted and not only put the boards with a volley of Malinovskiy after a corner, but also could advance, always with the Genk player, who hit the crossbar with a powerful free kick.The six revolvers of Mancini (Immobile entered, the Valencian Piccini premiered) did not change the picture: Italy finished another game without triumph and among the whistles of their fans. The depression that began a year ago at the Bernabéu remains incurable.