Italy beat hosts Finland 2-1 on 8/9, thereby winning all six matches played in Group J.
After this victory, Italy reached 18 points over six matches, nine points ahead of Armenia’s third team. The rules for Euro 2020 qualifies that the top two teams in each group in the qualifying round will win tickets to the final round. Roberto Mancini’s teachers, therefore, only need to win four points in the remaining four matches to win tickets to Euro 2020. Despite losing to Italy, Finland is having the opportunity to attend a major tournament for the first time when finishing second with three More points than Armenia.
Better control of the ball, Italy created the opportunity to eat in the first half. The most obvious is the volley near the edge of the penalty area of Stefano Sensi, forcing goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky to fly all the way to prevent. Sensi then has a long shot off the column.
Finland had difficulty putting the ball up due to Italy’s high pressing style. They use a lot of high kicks in the hope the strikers will take advantage of the height to cause mutations. However, goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma had to deal with such a fair play.
Early in the second half, Finland created an opportunity soon with a deflected shot of the high-striker Teemu Pukki. But when the team could not find the net, they had conceded goals. A cross from Federico Chiesa touched the head of a Finnish player and found the location of Ciro Immobile. The Italian striker headed the ball and smacked the ball into the crossbar into the net.
Finland 1-2 Italy
This opener ended the 10-match streak in Immobile’s Italy squad. The last time he scored was a 1-0 win over Israel in September 2017. The striker is playing for Lazio so the emotion is happy. However, the joy of Italy lasted more than 10 minutes.
During a cross from the right wing into the penalty area, Pukki was fouled. On the penalty spot, the striker of the Norwich club staff fooled Donnarumma to make up for Finland. But seven minutes later, the referee blew a second penalty, this time for Italy, after a touch of the ball in the penalty area of Sauli Vaeisaenen. On the 11m mark, Jorginho missed a shot, making goalkeeper Hradecky unable to touch the ball in the right direction.