Four minutes to enter, jump into the sky and give away the goal that is worth the debut victory for the Italian national team Of Milena Bertolini in a packed Eden Park in Auckland. It is precisely the coach who in the 83rd minute of a match hitherto totally blocked on zero to zero recalls Dragoni and inserts the number 10, Christian Girelli. Four minutes are enough: Boattin crosses from the left in the center, the Juventus forward stands out and anticipates the opposing defense and beats the goalkeeperArgentina. Then the collective embrace, the tears of an absolutely talented player who scores a really heavy goal for the fate of group G which also includes Swedenwhich won in comeback col South Africa.
Italy-Sweden on Saturday morning
The next match, on Saturday (9.30 am Italian time, live on Rai 1) will be against the Swedish third in the Fifa rankings. It was essential to start off on the right foot, to fill up on enthusiasm and perhaps chase away some too much anxiety along the world journey. A little like what happened four years ago, in France, with the goal in full recovery from Bonansea against Australia and the quarter-finals where the blues surrendered with honor to the listed Dutch.
Italy, two goals disallowed for offside
This time Bertolini decides to mix veterans and younger players in his initial 4-3-3. Linari And I saved they keep the blue defense impeccably, while Giugliano And Bonansea they have the task of sending on the net Beccari, Caruso And Hyacinths. And these last two, during the first half, find two goals. However, both canceled, rightly, for offside.
Bertolini, winning substitutions
Italy tries not to suffer but fails to pierce the opposing defence. Thus Bertolini changes something while Durante fiddles with an insidious free-kick from the Argentines: Caruso, Giacinti and Dragoni out and Greggi, Cantor and Girelli. The latter, with a header, gives the victory in the debut while the last thrill is chased away with the rejection of During on powerful shot of Bonsegundo in full recovery. The players are jumping for joy, as are the coaching staff. The Italian world adventure begins on the right foot and there could not be better news for the blue group.