The report cards of Italy (by Marco Conterio)
Donnarumma 6.5 He remains unbeaten, scoring no goals and still playing a sumptuous performance. Tomorrow the future awaits him in Paris, but the market sirens have certainly not distracted him. (from 90 ‘Sirigu st)
Toloi 7 When Fabio Grosso shouted for joy in Berlin, he was Brazilian in all respects and was dreaming in the Goias youth academy. The central of Gloria d’Oeste proved to be a reliable right-back and not only for the three-man rearguard.
Bonucci 6.5 Guarantee and safety. He drives Batons and also directs the others to the pressure of a not insignificant game: who plays a plane ticket and the scoreboard to come. Bonucci is increasingly a leader. (from 46 ‘Acerbi 6.5 Like last time. Enter with the confidence of the great player. Personality and coldness, an ice player, perhaps never celebrated as he deserves).
Sticks 7 The twenty-two year old who is inspired by Sergio Ramos plays an author performance. We will sleep soundly and even peaceful dreams for a long time with sticks to pull the cart of the blue defense.
Emerson 6.5 On that side there is Bale who seems more focused on the Open golf than on the European dream. He runs and bucks, on Gunter he also tries to imitate the Welsh winger and what he did against Barcelona.
Pessina 7 He showed up at a retreat as a joke with a bag marked by a well-known red light portal. A beautiful evening of love, his running arms open and eyes closed after the goal evokes sweet memories. (from 87 ‘Castrovilli sv)
Jorginho 8 The term steering wheel, or the pivot of football, derives from Carlos Martin Volante, a sublime Argentine from Flamengo. It is perhaps the best representative in the world. He is the essential architect of Mancini’s futuristic plans. (from 74 ‘Cristante sv)
Verratti 8 Magnifique. He comes back and with that talent blessed by the Goddess Eupalla, he makes everything easier. A French proverb says that ‘the foliage does not matter if it hides a beautiful fruit’. We missed seeing him on the pitch very much, délicieux.
Church 7.5 It was going at a hundred an hour, and to say that it also seemed not in perfect condition. It seems that of the bright days in black and white, that of the last season with Pirlo. Another musketeer of the blue army.
Belotti 6.5 Gallo with Wales, plays a game of immense sacrifice in the service of his teammates. At first he struggles to take aim, then Ward with him is anything but generous: the ambitions of a goal at the Olimpico are postponed. To the future?
Bernardeschi 7 The blond brother of the one seen at Juventus. Clearer ideas, in blue he looks for the game that, net of everyone’s faults, in black and white he has never tried. And it never succeeded. New youth. (dal 74 ‘Raspadori All)
Mancini 8 Asking for more is difficult. Italy is beautiful. Italy wins. Italy is first. Italy dreams. The Olimpico sings Magic Nights. There is a lot of scent of a new beginning.
The report cards of Wales (by Andrea Piras)
Ward 6 – He is always attentive to the crosses coming from the wings and the balls that gravitate around the small area. Innocent on Pessina’s winning diagonal, he puts his knee on Belotti’s conclusion.
Gunter 6 – Goes close to scoring in the first half with a header on the development of a corner kick. In his area, on the other hand, he is very much solicited by the Italian players.
Rodon 5,5 – Play in marking on Belotti following the blue striker in every movement. On the other hand, in difficulty when it is aimed at speed, as in the occasion of Emerson Palmieri.
Ampadu 4 – Not even the worst of his rear. He puts the big leg on the diagonal of the Church which was perhaps directed towards the bottom. His hammer-footed intervention against Bernardeschi was very bad, costing him the early start in the locker room.
Roberts 5,5 – Little is seen in the Welsh proactive phase preferring the defensive phase acting as a fifth defender starting from the right.
Allen 5,5 – The blue midfield has more quality and it shows. He tries to contain the opponent’s attacks but in the end he has to raise the white flag (Dall’87 ‘Levitt sv).
Morrell 5 – He plays almost like a man on Verratti but the difference in quality can be felt from the first minutes. He lets Pessina take the time on the occasion of the goal of the Azzurri advantage (From 59 ‘Moore 5.5 – Not much is sought at the center of the attack, also thanks to the numerical inferiority of his national team).
Williams 5 – Very difficult afternoon for Jurgen Klopp’s passion. In defense, however, the speed of the Church suffers too much, which he never sees when Mancini puts him on his side (From 86 ‘Davies sv).
James 5 – He fails to sting properly, he is controlled very well by the blue defense. Few noteworthy ideas (Dal 74’ Wilson sv).
Ramsey 5 – He’s the false center forward of Page’s national team so as not to give points of reference in attack, but the choice of the Page doesn’t pay off. He makes the most of a mistake by Acerbi in the second half but tinkers too much on the ball throwing a golden opportunity to the winds.
Bale 4,5 – He tries to put his national team on his shoulders but Bastoni, who gives him a special treatment, leaves him very little room to act. In the second half he devours the equalizer from an excellent position, not from him (Dall’85’ Brooks sv).
Page 5,5 – He chooses a more prudent formation with a 3-4-3 that becomes a fate of 5-2-3 and deploying Ramsey as a center forward. The choices do not reward him but neither do the performances of the individuals.