UEFA Nations League: Italy defeats Netherlands 3-2 to ensure second consecutive third-place finish

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    As Italy defeated the Netherlands 3-2 in UEFA Nations League, Roberto Mancini’s side ensured a second consecutive finish in third place. Inter fullback Federico Dimarco helped his side with a magnificent start as he hammered his strike beyond the Dutch goalkeeper Justin Bijlow to help the visitors get ahead.

    Italy beat Netherlands in UEFA Nations League for their second consecutive third-position finish

    Following the dream starts from the visitors, the game picked up great excitement. 23-year-old Davide Frattesi doubled the lead right in the 20th minute, as he smashed his second-ever international goal. 

    With a smooth lead right in the beginning, the visitors sat back and pressure started to build from the Dutch. 

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    Soccer Football – UEFA Nations League – Third Place Play Off – Netherlands v Italy – De Grolsch Veste, Enschede, Netherlands – June 18, 2023 Netherlands’ Georginio Wijnaldum scores their second goal past Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

    The Netherlands finally hammered back just after the interval, as Steven Bergwijn netted the ball in the 68th minute. 

    Italy has been a bit reluctant in the second half. However, thanks to Federico Chiesa managed to pull a third. Georginio Wijnaldum reduced the deficit by one just before the game proceeded to the stoppage time. 

    After some amazing game of football with the Dutch threatening for a last-minute twist, it was Italy who held their nerves to land on the winning side and finish third for two consecutive years. 

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    Who are in the finals?

    Croatia and Spain are ready to meet each other in the finals of the Nations League at De Kuip, the home of Rotterdam in the Nation’s League Final. Fans are expecting another nail-biter as both teams will give their best to win their maiden championship. It is to be seen who emerges victoriously in the clash of one of the biggest football teams in Europe. Stay tuned!

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