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Nations League: Italy stuns Belgium to claim third ( SEE LINE-UPS)

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Italy won 2-1 against Belgium to claim third in the Nations League on Sunday.
Nicolo Barella started scoring with a crisp volley a minute after the interval in Turin before Domenico Berardi scored from the penalty spot.
Belgium hit the woodwork three times before pulling one back through Charles de Ketelaere late on.
They pressed for an equaliser but Italy, whose 37-game unbeaten run was ended by Spain on Wednesday, held on.
After a dull first half of the bronze-medal match, Barella sparked the game into life with a stunning first-time strike into the bottom corner from a corner.
Roberto Mancini’s side doubled their lead from the spot when Thibaut Courtois’ glove could only divert Berardi’s effort into the top corner after Timothy Castagne had brought down the lively Federico Chiesa.
Belgium continued to dominate possession and Courtois released substitute Kevin de Bruyne to find De Ketelaere, who nutmegged an otherwise inspired Gianluigi Donnarumma from close range.
The Italy goalkeeper had earlier denied former Tottenham defenders Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen with smart saves.
Italy squad
Formation 4-3-3
21G Donnarumma
2Di Lorenzo 15Acerbi 23Bastoni 13Emerson
18Barella 5Locatelli 7Pellegrini
11Berardi 9Raspadori 14Chiesa
1Sirigu 3Chiellini 6Verratti 8Jorginho 10Insigne 12Dimarco 16 Cristante 17Kean 20Bernardeschi 22Meret
Belgium squad
Formation 3-4-3
2Alderweireld 3Denayer 5Vertonghen
21Castagne 6Witse l8Tielemans 11Carrasco
22Saelemaekers 23Batshuayi 17Vanaken
4Boyata 7De Bruyne 12Mignolet 13Casteels 14Lukebakio 16Theate 18De Ketelaere 19Dendoncker 20Trossard

Written by Ishaq Mustafa

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