Italy’s win­less streak reaches 5

The Star (Jamaica) - - SPORTS -

Italy’s win­less streak reached five matches fol­low­ing a 1-1 draw at home with Ukraine in a friendly yes­ter­day — ex­tend­ing the Az­zurri’s poor run of form fol­low­ing their fail­ure to qual­ify for the World Cup. Rus­lan Mali­novskyi equalised seven min­utes af­ter Fed­erico Bernarde­schi’s opener early in the se­cond half.

Italy have recorded only one vic­tory in 10 matches – a win over Saudi Ara­bia in a friendly in May. In com­pet­i­tive games, the Az­zurri haven’t won in more than a year.

“It’s a pity that we’re still lack­ing re­sults,” Italy coach Roberto Mancini said. “We need to be more in­ci­sive be­cause when you cre­ate a lot of chances, you’ve got to score goals.”

Italy will hope for im­proved form in a UEFA Na­tions League match in Poland on Sun­day. Mancini’s squad has gained only one point from its open­ing two games in the com­pe­ti­tion and sits last in its group. More­over, Italy have won only once un­der Mancini in six matches.

Bernarde­schi scored with a shot from be­yond the area that goal­keeper An­driy Py­a­tov had in his hands but couldn’t stop.

Mali­novskyi replied with a half-vol­ley when a cor­ner wasn’t fully cleared then nearly won it with a free kick off the cross­bar.

The match was stopped briefly in the 43rd minute for a ded­i­ca­tion to the 43 peo­ple who died in the Mo­randi bridge dis­as­ter in Au­gust in Genoa.


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