In the match of the 2nd round of the UEFA Nations League group stage of the 2022/2024 season, the Italian national team hosted the national team of Hungary. The meeting was held at the stadium “Orogell – Dino Manuzzi” in Cesena (Italy).

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League of Nations 2022/23

Italy 2-1 Hungary

Goals: Barella, 30 (1:0). Pellegrini, 45 (2:0). Mancini, 61 – own goal (2:1).

Line ups:

Donnarumma, Spinazzola (Dimarco 75), Calabria, Mancini, Bastoni, Pellegrini (Locatelli 66), Cristante, Barella (Tonali 84), Nionto, Politano (Belotti 75), Raspadori (Dzerbin 84). Dibus, Lang, Soloi, Orban, Nego (Fiola, 58), Nagy (Bolla, 81), Nagy (Stiles, 58), Sobosloi, Shafer (Vancha, 87), Soloi (Adam, 87), Sholloi.

Warnings: Barella, 64′. Cristante, 90+2’. Shafer, 72’.

Referee: Scherer (Switzerland).

Still recovering from their second World Cup defeat in a row, European champions Italy got off to a very good start against Hungary, who triumphed over England.

The first good opportunity was for Mancini, after he brilliantly grabbed a corner-headed serve, forcing Dibus to make a superb one-handed save in the 21st minute.

After the half-hour mark, midfielder Nicolò Barella picked up the ball from Hungary’s penalty area and fired a hard shot into the top left corner past a helpless Dybus to put his team ahead.

Italy became even more confident after the first goal, and at the end of the first half they doubled their advantage after an exceptional pass by Matteo Politano from the right flank fell right at the feet of Lorenzo Pellegrini. And the player made a mistake from six yards and scored the second goal in this match.

Hungary arguably created their best chance right after the restart when Roland Sallai hit the end of a cross but failed to outplay Gianluigi Donnarumma from close range. However, soon after, they nearly conceded again due to a long-range shot from Politano that hit the crossbar.

Nevertheless, the guests managed to score one goal, after Fiolo made a dash forward on the right flank and then performed a dangerous cross into the center of the penalty area, but Mancini, when trying to send the ball to a corner, played unsuccessfully in a tackle and cut it into the right corner of the goal.

At the end of the second half, Hungary tried very hard to score the second goal in this match, trying to create a dangerous chance, but still Italy managed to keep the score and win this match.

Italy have four points to move up to second place in the Group 3 Ligue A standings. Hungary is in third place.

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