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Tops / Flops Italy-Spain: Gavi shone, Bonucci foiled

An XXL performance by young Gavi, Ferran Torres’ double but also the bankruptcy of captain Bonucci and an unrecognizable Squadra Azzurra: find the tops and the flops at the end of the semi-final of the League of Nations.


Gavi, what a first!

At 17 years and two months, Gavi became this Wednesday evening the youngest player in history to wear the shirt of La Roja. And for his big debut with the Spanish tunic, the FC Barcelona midfielder impressed. Absolutely not inhibited by the event, he shone in the midfield of his team. Very comfortable technically, always focused on the front, he greatly contributed to the Spanish superiority in the midfield in particular. Able to play with both left and right foot, he managed 33 of his 35 passes in the opposing camp. He is also the Spaniard who has raced the most. And to top it off, he even paid the luxury of standing up to Marco Verratti after a duel between the two men. A perfect copy.

Ferran Torres / Mikel Oyarzabal: the winning duo

A double for one, two assists for the other. Shining in his role of false number 9, the Manchester City player scored his 10th and 11th goals in his last 15 games with the selection! And all at just 21 years old. His evening sidekick, Mikel Oyarzabal, scorer of 6 goals in 8 La Liga games with Real Sociedad, continued his momentum with the shirt of La Roja. The 24-year-old winger consistently got the better of Giovanni Di Lorenzo on the left side of the Iberian attack. It was from there that he sent two caviars for his young teammate. A winning tandem which allowed Spain to validate its superiority on the scoreboard.


Bonucci: failing captain

The Juventus defender totally foiled and left his teammates outnumbered from the end of the first half. The transalpine captain was first given a yellow card for a stupid protest after a whistled foul, and rightly so, against Chiesa. Then 12 minutes later, Leonardo Bonucci goes up to the duel with Sergio Busquets but the Italian defender places his elbow at the level of the Barcelona midfielder’s neck. A dangerous gesture that earned him a second card, well deserved. Before his hasty return to the locker room, Bonucci had shown a lot of excitement, often overtaken by the liveliness of the Spanish attacking elements. A match to quickly forget for the defender of Juve after a remarkable Euro with the Nazionale.

Italy: an unrecognizable European champion

But where did the Squadra Azzurra go from last summer? On the San Siro lawn, Italy never managed to challenge Spain’s technical superiority, except during the first 10 minutes of the match. While it had built its success at the Euro on a game of possession, a high pressing and a football resolutely turned towards the attack, the Squadra Azzura never managed to set up the game proposed this summer, during of this semi-final. Deprived of Immobile and Belotti in attack and reduced to 10 in the 42nd minute, Italy, dominated in all sectors, could not compete.


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