The very good match of Alaba, the complete performance of Jorginho, and the complicated match of the Nazionale attack … Find the Tops and Flops of this round of 16 between Italy and Austria (0-0) .
David Alaba, true leader
A boss match. Positioned in the left lane as against Ukraine, the captain of the selection was perfectly able to lead his teammates. Courageous in defense and generous in efforts, he was able to fill the few largesse of his partners. He could even have delivered an assist if Arnautovic had not been signaled in an offside position. He also took a good free kick that almost fooled Donnarumma. Fortunately for the Italian doorman, the attempt of the neo-Madrid passed over the bar. His performance was not enough to eliminate Italy, even if it was not far …
Jorginho, immaculate score
The Verratti-Jorginho-Barella trident, in its entirety, was in the Tops for the first hour. Finally, it is only Jorginho who has been able to last over time. Absolutely delicious in the midfield, as usual, the Chelsea midfielder excelled as a sentry. Using his science and his intelligence in placement, he has always been well positioned and initiated the game of the Nazionale very well, sometimes lacking in creativity. Marco Verratti did what he can do best by dictating the music even if he did a little duplication with Jorginho after a while.
Leonardo Spinazzola, hall blaster
The left side of AS Rome is settling as one of the captains of this Italian team. As since the start of the Euro, his performance was made with accuracy, races and generosity. He was essential in the construction and attacks of the Squadra Azzura. He is the decisive passer on the opening goal of Federico Chiesa (95e). Leonardo Spinazzola is still involved on the second goal of the Nazionale, scored by Pessina (105th).
Ciro Immobile, clumsy and uninspired
Excellent in the Italian championship with Lazio, Ciro Immobile still questions his ability to become a very high level striker. If the Squadra Azzura has not yet encountered any top names in this competition, the difficulties of Immobile against Austria can perhaps give the beginning of an answer. To qualify, facing a regrouped team, the attackers find it difficult to shine and to distinguish themselves. But it is also in these matches that you have to know how to exploit the slightest opportunity, which the striker failed to do. Sometimes he narrowly missed and even slowed down the game by not choosing the right solution.
Domenico Berardi, same
You could almost blame him for the same things as at Immobile. Above all, he sinned in his choices. Sassuolo’s player was not replaced until 84e despite his disappointing match, just after missing an acrobatic recovery.