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Rome (AP) — Italy is once again involved in the fight three years after the embarrassing failure to qualify for the World Cup …

Rome (AP) —Three years after the embarrassing failure to qualify for the World Cup, Italy is back in the fight for the best players in Europe.

England, on the other hand, hasn’t been contested in the Nations League finals and still has one round of matches left.

The Italian team, badly hit by the coronavirus, defeated Poland 2-0 on Sunday, putting Azuri under the control of the group. England, meanwhile, lost to top-ranked Belgium 2-0.

In another victory at Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday, Italy will host a four-team final in October. This was only a few months after hosting the opening round of the European Championships in Rome.

“It’s our culture. The Italians do their best in difficult times and are more united. That’s what I asked these people before the match and they were extraordinary.” Alberico Evani, assistant coach who has represented Roberto Mancini on the touchline, said.

Mancini is quarantining the coronavirus at home, similar to striker Chiroin Mobile, the winner of last season’s European Golden Shoe. In total, more than 20 Italian athletes were unavailable due to the virus and injuries.

After Andrea Belotti was defeated in the area, Giorginho changed the Italian penalty in the middle of the first half. Domenico Berardi added another goal in the second half after collecting passes from Lorenzo Insigne.

“As the days went by, more players continued to leave the camp, but we told ourselves that we had to overcome these obstacles and unite more,” Belotti said. “It was a great performance. Tonight proved to be better than Poland in every way.

“We are like a family. Returning here is like a father hugging his son. That is the feeling of all of us when we take on an international mission. What are we doing? We need to look at each other to see what we’re doing, “added Belotti. “We dedicate this victory not only to our coaches, but to everyone else who is currently in quarantine.”

Italy leads League A Group 1 with 9 points. The Netherlands are next with 8 points after defeating Bosnia 3-1. Poland is still competing for 7 points, but Bosnia is behind by 2 points.

Belgium is close to the final

Dries Mertens scored a great free kick when Belgium ended England’s hopes of reaching the finals.

Belgium took the lead in the 10th minute when Romelu Lukaku missed Youri Tielemans’ shot.

Mertens was 2-0 on the 24th after Kevin De Bruyne was fouled, kicking the British wall skillfully and barely jumping.

Belgium leads Group 2 with 12 points in League A. Denmark defeats Iceland 2-1 and then 10 next. There are seven in the UK and not in Iceland.

Belgium will advance to the final just by drawing at home with Denmark on Wednesday.

DEBOER finally wins

Frank de Boer finally won his first victory as a Dutch coach after Georginio Wijnaldam scored a quick brace to beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-1.

Captain Virgil van Dijk, without his injured Liverpool teammate Virgil van Dijk, tapped in at close range in the 6th and 14th minutes to win the empty Johann Clife Arena. Wijnaldum is currently scoring 7 of his country’s last 12 goals.

Memphis Depay has achieved its third goal in the Netherlands.

The victory relieves pressure on De Boer, who became the first Dutch coach to fail to score a win in the first four games when the team drew one-on-one with Spain on Wednesday. Koeman.

Winning Wales

Wales is the only undefeated team in League B after defeating Ireland 1-0, thanks to David Brooks’ late header.

Currently, Wales only needs to avoid a home defeat against Finland in second place in order to reach the top tier.

“I didn’t play very well today, but I got into the fight in the second half. That’s three more points, which are important and well prepared for Wednesday,” said Welsh captain Gareth. Vail said. “We have a great record at the moment and it’s great to win. I love playing in Wales, but most importantly, this team keeps winning.”

In Group 1, Austria defeated Northern Ireland 2-1 and sought to be promoted with four wins in five games.

In League C, North Macedonia defeated Estonia 2-1 to lead Group 2 and maintained their momentum after competing in the European Championships.

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