In the match at Stadio Dino Manuzzi in Cesena on June 7, Italy dominated Hungary to steal their first win of the season. The first half goals from Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Pellegrini helped Italy keep their lead, but not before the same-side stunner from Italy’s own Gianluca Mancini.
Italy was expecting a win in their game against Hungary after the 1-1 draw against Germany on Matchday 1. On the other hand, Hungary entered their second match confidently after their first win against England.
The fight between the two teams was one-sided in the first half as Italy kept the scoreboard on with goals from Barella and Pellegrini in the 30th and the 45th minutes, respectively. However, Hungary was kept in the game until the last minute thanks to the same side goal from Mancini in the 61st minute.
The game kept the pace and the pressure for the rest of the match before Italy secured the win 2 to 1. Hungary had its moments in the match despite the disappointing result, especially in the latter half.
The keepers were busy, with each team trying hard to score throughout the game. Hungary’s Denes Dibusz stopped the exquisite header from Gianluca Mancini, toppling his opportunity in the match. On the other hand, Gianluigi Donnarumma successfully prevented Roland Sallai’s attempts to steal their victory.
However, Dibusz could not keep the guard for long due to his teammates’ lack of support. Barella took his chance as soon as he saw the opening and thanks to the assistance from Leonardo Spinazzola. Pellegrini’s 45th-minute goal came right after his unsuccessful assist to Wilfrid Gnonto.
But the moment of the match came when Mancini scored against his team, converting this easy win into a pressure-filled battle. Italy still managed to stop themselves and the opposition from scoring for Hungary to secure their first win in the UEFA Nations League.
The win has put Italy at the top of League A Group 3 with 4 points. Hungary occupies second place with 3 points. Having managed to draw all the matches so far, Germany stays at no 3 with 2 points. England is at the tail end with a loss against Hungary and a tie against Germany.
In the post-match interview, Italy’s coach Robert Mancini expressed his appreciation for their game in the first half. Nonetheless, he did not seem pleased about the second-half blunder that could have cost them the whole match. Hungary’s coach Marco Rossi said that their team played a better game in the second half, and he hopes to learn from their mistakes in this game against a champion team.
Hungary has only lost two matches, including the recent one against Italy, in their last 11 UEFA encounters. With their latest win, Italy managed to keep a clean sheet for the 8th international match in a row.