UEFA Nations League - Group A3
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Poland 0-1 Italy: Visitors leave it late to claim victory

Italy celebrate
Defender Cristiano Biraghi only made his debut in the 1-1 draw with Poland in September

Cristiano Biraghi scored a stoppage-time winner as Italy were dominant in their Nations League match with Poland.

The visitors were frustrated for large parts as a number of missed opportunities threatened to result in a draw.

But Biraghi pounced on a flick-on to poke Italy in front and score his first international goal with seconds to go.

Italy pair Jorginho and Federico Chiesa also hit the woodwork before the break as Italy were deserved winners.

Poland keeper Wojciech Szczesny denied Jorginho and clawed away Giorgio Chiellini's header in a first half packed with chances.

Italy's Federico Bernadeschi also had a great chance in the second half to break the deadlock when he was unmarked and headed wide from six yards out.

Poland failed to record a shot on target until the 57th minute, when Gianluigi Donnarumma was forced to keep out Kamil Grosicki from close-range before Piotr Zielinski fired the rebound over the crossbar.

Grosicki came close again later in the second half but shot straight at goalkeeper Donnarumma again before Robert Lewandowski missed with the rebound.

Italy have picked up just two wins in their last 11 games and this was their first victory since manager Roberto Mancini opened his reign with a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia in May.

Poland failed to win any of their Nations League matches against Italy and Portugal and are now relegated from Group three so will play in League B.

Their last victory was against Lithuania in a friendly in June and they have not won a competitive fixture since October 2017 when they beat Montenegro 4-2 in World Cup qualifying.

Line-ups

Poland

  • 1Szczesny
  • 18Bereszynski
  • 15Glik
  • 5Bednarek
  • 14RecaSubstituted forJedrzejczykat 87'minutes
  • 13SzymanskiSubstituted forGrosickiat 45'minutes
  • 6Góralski
  • 8LinettySubstituted forBlaszczykowskiat 45'minutes
  • 20Zielinski
  • 9Lewandowski
  • 7Milik

Substitutes

  • 2Pietrzak
  • 3Jedrzejczyk
  • 4Olkowski
  • 10Frankowski
  • 11Grosicki
  • 12Dragowski
  • 16Blaszczykowski
  • 17Kadzior
  • 19Kaminski
  • 21Kurzawa
  • 22Fabianski
  • 23Piatek

Italy

  • 22Donnarumma
  • 16FlorenziSubstituted forPicciniat 84'minutes
  • 19Bonucci
  • 3Chiellini
  • 15Biraghi
  • 23Barella
  • 8JorginhoBooked at 31mins
  • 6Verratti
  • 14Chiesa
  • 20BernardeschiSubstituted forLasagnaat 81'minutes
  • 10Insigne

Substitutes

  • 1Sirigu
  • 2Piccini
  • 4Criscito
  • 5Bonaventura
  • 7Pellegrini
  • 9Lasagna
  • 11Berardi
  • 12Perin
  • 13Acerbi
  • 17Immobile
  • 18Gagliardini
  • 21Giovinco
Referee:
Damir Skomina
Attendance:
41,692

Match Stats

Home TeamPolandAway TeamItaly
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home6
Away18
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Poland 0, Italy 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Poland 0, Italy 1.

Cristiano Piccini (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jakub Blaszczykowski (Poland).

Goal!

Goal! Poland 0, Italy 1. Cristiano Biraghi (Italy) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin Lasagna with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Italy. Conceded by Arkadiusz Milik.

Attempt blocked. Leonardo Bonucci (Italy) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marco Verratti.

Attempt saved. Kamil Glik (Poland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Arkadiusz Milik.

Foul by Giorgio Chiellini (Italy).

Robert Lewandowski (Poland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Arkadiusz Milik (Poland).

Attempt blocked. Lorenzo Insigne (Italy) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Leonardo Bonucci (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robert Lewandowski (Poland).

Substitution

Substitution, Poland. Artur Jedrzejczyk replaces Arkadiusz Reca.

Offside, Italy. Lorenzo Insigne tries a through ball, but Kevin Lasagna is caught offside.

Offside, Poland. Arkadiusz Reca tries a through ball, but Arkadiusz Milik is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Italy. Cristiano Piccini replaces Alessandro Florenzi.

Foul by Alessandro Florenzi (Italy).

Jakub Blaszczykowski (Poland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Italy. Lorenzo Insigne tries a through ball, but Cristiano Biraghi is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Italy. Kevin Lasagna replaces Federico Bernardeschi.

Corner, Italy. Conceded by Jacek Góralski.

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

Foul by Jakub Blaszczykowski (Poland).

Attempt missed. Federico Bernardeschi (Italy) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Nicolò Barella.

Attempt missed. Arkadiusz Milik (Poland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Kamil Grosicki (Poland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Alessandro Florenzi (Italy).

Kamil Grosicki (Poland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Federico Bernardeschi (Italy) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Federico Chiesa with a through ball.

Corner, Italy. Conceded by Jakub Blaszczykowski.

Foul by Nicolò Barella (Italy).

Jakub Blaszczykowski (Poland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Italy. Marco Verratti tries a through ball, but Lorenzo Insigne is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Marco Verratti (Italy) because of an injury.

Corner, Italy. Conceded by Kamil Glik.

Attempt blocked. Federico Chiesa (Italy) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Giorgio Chiellini with a headed pass.

goal

As It Stood

A

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1France21102114
2Netherlands21014223
3Germany201103-31

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium22005146
2Switzerland21017253
3Iceland200209-90

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portugal22004226
2Italy31112204
3Poland301235-21

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain22008176
2England201112-11
3Croatia201106-61

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ukraine22003126
2Czech Rep21013303
3Slovakia200213-20

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Russia32104137
2Turkey310246-23
3Sweden201123-11

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bos-Herze22003126
2Austria21011103
3Northern Ireland200213-20

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark21102024
2Wales21014313
3R. of Ireland201114-31

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Israel32014226
2Scotland21013213
3Albania310214-33

J

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1Finland33003039
2Greece32013216
3Hungary310223-13
4Estonia300303-30

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bulgaria33005239
2Norway32013126
3Cyprus310235-23
4Slovenia300325-30

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Serbia42205238
2Montenegro42116337
3Romania41304316
4Lithuania400429-70

M

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Georgia33006069
2Latvia302112-12
3Kazakhstan302124-22
4Andorra302114-32

N

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belarus32106067
2Luxembourg32017166
3Moldova311124-24
4San Marino3003010-100

O

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Kosovo42206248
2Azerbaijan41305236
3Faroe Islands411247-34
4Malta402248-42

P

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Macedonia33008179
2Liechtenstein310246-23
3Armenia310224-23
4Gibraltar310214-33
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