CAGLIARI – The penultimate test before the European Championships helps Mancini to dissolve most of the last reservations before drawing up the list of 26 for the continental review starting on 11 June. In the 7-0 in San Marino, which is used only for statistics (26th useful result for the Azzurri who arrive at 695 ‘without immediate goals), he shines Bernardeschi, who in the national team, when he plays, always does better than in Juventus, and tears a shirt Pessina who, after a difficult first half, broke up in the second half, scoring a brace.
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Cristante, the place in the European Championships depends on Sensi
The Azzurri played, as expected, at a small trot, struggling to find the right rhythms in the first half. It is no coincidence that the coach took it out on one of the men under the magnifying glass, Cristante, asking him to turn up the revs. The Roma player, who disciplined the role of director, did better, like the whole team, in the second half. The feeling, however, is that he will snatch a ticket for the European Championships in case Sensi does not suffer an injury.
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by our correspondent Matteo Pinci
Ferrari, debut with goals
For the other roles the doubts about the right remain: Cragno, initially preferred to Meret, used in the last minutes, has never been engaged. Behind Mancini and Toloi, who on paper should be competing for a jersey, played an ordinary performance. The Roma player showed up in a couple of occasions by touching the header from a corner kick, the Atalanta defender, once again used as a right-back, diligently proposed himself with continuity on the wing coming, to tell the truth , little served. Paradoxically, Ferrari did better, wetting his debut with a goal and, in the end, he also adapted well to being left-back in place of Biraghi.
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Kean disappoints, Politano shines
Finally, the attackers deserve a separate chapter. Kean disappointed. In the role of center forward he struggled to find spaces and measures and it did not go better when Mancini moved him to the right. So much so that at the end of the first half he left him in the locker room, preferring Politano. The winger of Napoli, who has been fasting in blue for 3 years, has even taken away the satisfaction of making a good double, finding himself perfectly with club mate Di Lorenzo, who took over from Mancini in the second half.
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Bernardeschi was separated at the end by the coach who enjoyed playing him in all three positions, finding the right drafting and inspiration from the Juventus player (one goal and two assists). Clearly won the duel with Grifo, who instead was the author of a subdued test. The goal in San Marino was completed by Belotti who, as soon as he arrived, scored the 12th in blue at the end of a nice duet with Bernardeschi. Achieved in the all-time Immobile ranking: between the two center-forwards the duel for a starting shirt at the European Championships will certainly last until the inaugural challenge with Turkey.
ITALY-SAN MARINO 7-0 (2-0)
Italy (4-3-3): Cragno (18 ‘st Meret) Toloi, Mancini (18’ st Di Lorenzo) Ferrari; Biraghi (28 ′ st Bastoni) Castrovilli, Cristante, Pessina (42 ′ st Barella) Bernardeschi, Kean (1 ′ st Politano), Grifo (18 ′ st Belotti) (1 Sirigu, 16 Florenzi, 5 Locatelli, 10 Insigne, 11 Berardi , 17 Building). Coach: Mancini.
San Marino (4-2-3-1): Benedettini E., Battistini Ma., Fabbri, Rossi, Grandoni (6th st Vitaioli), Golinucci E., Mularoni (43rd st Golinucci A.) Tomassini F. (6th st Brolli) Hirsch (6 ‘st Lunadei) Palaces (28’ st D’Addario) Nanni (43 ‘st Tomassini D.) 10 Stimac, 12 Benedettini S., 4 Battistini Mi., 14 Cevoli, 24 Zonzini). Ct .: Varrella.
Referee: Farruggia Cann (Malta).
Networks: in pt 31 ‘Bernardeschi, 34’ Ferrari; in st 4 ‘and 32’ Politano, 22 ‘Belotti, 30’ and 42 ‘Pessina.
Recovery: 2 ‘and 0’.
Corners: 9 to 2 for Italy.