Italy made it two wins from two in the Nations League thanks to a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands at the Johan Cruyff ArenA on Monday evening.
Nicolò Barella applied the finishing touches to a slick Italy move in first half stoppage time in what proved to be the winner. The well worked goal typified Italy’s classy, polished performance, as Roberto Mancini’s side knocked the ball around confidently and were well deserving of their victory.
Let’s get into some player ratings.
1. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Georginio Wijnaldum (LM) – 6/10 – Had Holland’s best opportunity of the first half after a typical surging run but fired straight at Donnarumma. Was more involved and effective after being moved into the number 10 role in the second half.
Frenkie de Jong (CM)
– 5/10 – Struggled to get involved or dictate play with the same effectiveness as Italy’s impressive midfield three.
Marten de Roon (CM) –
5/10 – Picked out Depay with a terrific pass towards the latter stages, but like his midfield partner, de Roon had a quiet evening and struggled to get a foothold in the game.
Donny van de Beek (CAM) –
5/10 – Had a well struck first time effort well saved by Donnarumma after arriving from deep, but was otherwise quiet and unable to exert his creative influence on the game and was substituted before the hour.
Quincy Promes (RM) –
5/10 – Struggled to get involved and exert any creative influence, and left Hateboer with a lot to do defensively.
Memphis Depay (ST) – 6/10 – Was unfortunate to not win a penalty in the first half. Sent a sweetly struck drive narrowly over the bar on the hour mark.
Lorenzo Insigne (LW) – 8/10 – An absolute live wire. Everything Italy produced came from Insigne and Spinazzola down the left flank. Heavily involved in the slick team move that resulted in Italy opening the scoring. Saw curling effort well saved by Cillessen in the second half.
Ciro Immobile (ST) –
8/10 – Had a good opportunity to open the scoring but dragged the ball wide, but atoned for his miss by picking out Barella with a perfectly weighted cross as the midfielder gave Italy the lead.
Nicolò Zaniolo (RW)
– 6/10 – Had looked lively but was forced off on the stroke of half time through injury.