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Italy 1-0 USA: Matteo Politano secures win for Roberto Mancini's side

Matteo Politano
Matteo Politano scored a 94th minute in the international friendly in Genk

Substitute Matteo Politano scored the winner with virtually the last kick of the game as Italy beat the USA in Genk.

The Inter Milan forward started a sweeping move outside the USA box, before being slipped in and beating Ethan Horvath from close range.

Italy dominated throughout and Roberto Mancini's men enjoyed 73% of the possession, with 16 shots on goal.

Domenico Berardi had the best chance of the first half but his left-foot effort was tipped over the crossbar.

The Italians continued to search for the opener after the interval but Horvath was in inspired form to tip Vincenzo Grifo's fierce strike out for a corner.

Italy will be among the nations in pot one for the Euro 2020 qualifying draw in Dublin on 2 December having drawn 0-0 against Portugal in their previous match to ensure a second-place finish in Nations League Group 3A.

Line-ups

Italy

  • 1Sirigu
  • 2De SciglioBooked at 19mins
  • 19Bonucci
  • 13Acerbi
  • 21Emerson
  • 18BarellaSubstituted forGagliardiniat 76'minutes
  • 23SensiBooked at 58mins
  • 6Verratti
  • 14ChiesaSubstituted forGrifoat 45'minutes
  • 9LasagnaSubstituted forPolitanoat 87'minutes
  • 11BerardiSubstituted forKeanat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Mancini
  • 4Biraghi
  • 5Gagliardini
  • 8Pavoletti
  • 10Grifo
  • 12Cragno
  • 15Rugani
  • 16Tonali
  • 17Kean
  • 20Politano
  • 22Donnarumma

USA

  • 12Horvath
  • 5Carter-Vickers
  • 21Zimmerman
  • 26Long
  • 4Adams
  • 25CannonBooked at 43minsSubstituted forVillafañaat 75'minutes
  • 9DelgadoSubstituted forTrappat 62'minutes
  • 23AcostaBooked at 45minsSubstituted forLletgetat 83'minutes
  • 18MooreBooked at 43mins
  • 10PulisicSubstituted forGallat 83'minutes
  • 13SargentSubstituted forWoodat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Guzan
  • 3Miazga
  • 7Wood
  • 11Weah
  • 14Lletget
  • 16Green
  • 19Villafaña
  • 20Trapp
  • 27Gall
Referee:
Cüneyt Çakir
Attendance:
13,500

Match Stats

Home TeamItalyAway TeamUSA
Possession
Home74%
Away26%
Shots
Home17
Away3
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home17
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Italy 1, USA 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Italy 1, USA 0.

Goal!

Goal! Italy 1, USA 0. Matteo Politano (Italy) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Roberto Gagliardini.

Corner, Italy. Conceded by Wil Trapp.

Stefano Sensi (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shaquell Moore (USA).

Corner, USA. Conceded by Salvatore Sirigu.

Attempt missed. Romain Gall (USA) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tyler Adams.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Mattia De Sciglio (Italy) because of an injury.

Mattia De Sciglio (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tyler Adams (USA).

Substitution

Substitution, Italy. Matteo Politano replaces Kevin Lasagna.

Emerson (Italy) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Shaquell Moore (USA).

Attempt missed. Kevin Lasagna (Italy) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, USA. Romain Gall replaces Christian Pulisic.

Substitution

Substitution, USA. Sebastian Lletget replaces Kellyn Acosta.

Attempt missed. Mattia De Sciglio (Italy) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Marco Verratti.

Attempt missed. Bobby Wood (USA) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tyler Adams with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, USA. Conceded by Francesco Acerbi.

Foul by Stefano Sensi (Italy).

Wil Trapp (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Italy. Roberto Gagliardini replaces Nicolò Barella.

Substitution

Substitution, USA. Jorge Villafaña replaces Reggie Cannon.

Foul by Stefano Sensi (Italy).

Christian Pulisic (USA) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Stefano Sensi (Italy) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marco Verratti.

Offside, Italy. Marco Verratti tries a through ball, but Kevin Lasagna is caught offside.

Nicolò Barella (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bobby Wood (USA).

Attempt missed. Francesco Acerbi (Italy) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Italy. Conceded by Ethan Horvath.

Attempt saved. Vincenzo Grifo (Italy) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stefano Sensi.

Offside, Italy. Vincenzo Grifo tries a through ball, but Francesco Acerbi is caught offside.

Emerson (Italy) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Reggie Cannon (USA).

Marco Verratti (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christian Pulisic (USA).

Moise Kean (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Tuesday 20th November 2018

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