The big break happened between the group matches of the League of Nations , which took place last year and its final stage. The teams of Italy and Belgium will play in the match for third place . The League of Nations was created to replace friendlies, and it fully justifies its existence. The fans can only enjoy the fights of the European top teams. The match for third place will be held at the Turin Allianz Stadium.
The Italians’ path in the League of Nations group stage has been difficult. Despite three wins, three draws and zero in the “defeats” column, the Italians managed to get ahead of the Netherlands national team by only one point. The third and fourth places in Group 1 were taken by Poland and Bosnia and Herzegovina, respectively. In general, the “Scuadra Azzurra” continued its triumphal march for a long time. The team did not know defeat for 37 matches, breaking not only the record of Vittorio Pozzo’s team, dated 1939, but also setting a world record. The former was divided into two by the national teams of Spain and Brazil – 35 similar matches each. But sooner or later, all episodes end.
During the final tournament of the European Championship, Roberto Mancini’s team showed not only an extremely balanced, tactically built competent game, but also the most attacking one. Italians, with their historic catenaccio, are the least expected of this. Thanks to such a game, the Italians were able to become European champions this summer.
They really wanted to win another trophy, especially since the semifinal match against the Spanish national team took place at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan. But it didn’t work out. A rather vigorous start was replaced by the advantage of the Roha Fury. Luis Enrique’s footballers controlled the ball for a long time. All this resulted in two goals scored by Ferran Torres in the first half of the meeting. At the end of the first half, the Italians’ captain Leonardo Bonucci was sent off for two yellow cards. The most that the Italians in the minority were capable of was to take back one goal. As a result, the defeat was 1: 2 and the meeting for the third place with the national team of Belgium.
Belgium continues to lead the ranking of FIFA national teams, but third place at the 2018 World Cup in Moscow may remain the highest achievement for the generation of Axel Witsel, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens, Romelu Lukaku and other stars. Before each major tournament, the Belgians are predicted at least a final, and each time the Belgians do not live up to their forecasts. So in this draw of the League of Nations another “deja vu” happened.
In the second group, Belgium’s rivals were the national teams of Denia, England and Iceland. Roberto Martinez’s team suffered only one defeat, losing 1: 2 away to England. The first half of the semifinals with the French national team for the Red Devils was developing as well as possible – two unanswered goals from Carrasco and Lukaku against Hugo Lloris. But the French in the second half were able to completely turn the game around and snatch a victory in the last minute 3: 2. Already for the sake of such matches, the League of Nations could have been created.
Now Belgium will have to console themselves with the qualifying tournament in their Group E for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where everything is going well for them. The team is in the first intermediate place, having lost only two points in the Czech Republic in six games – 1: 1. The gap from the closest rival of the same Czechs is nine points, and hardly anyone can prevent the Belgians from reaching the world championship.
Prediction for the match Italy – Belgium
The national teams of Italy and Belgium played 23 matches for two, in which the squadra azzurra has more than three-fold victory in terms of victories. The Italians have 15 victories, the Belgians have won only four times over their opponents, and the same number of times have been drawn. The results of the last five matches of the opponents are in front of you.
June 14, 2000, Italy – Belgium – 2: 0;
05/30/2008, Italy – Belgium – 3: 1;
11/13/2015, Belgium – Italy – 3: 1;
06/13/2016, Belgium – Italy – 0: 2;
07/02/2021, Belgium – Italy – 1: 2.
The match for both teams is a consolation, almost friendly, but the Italians will fundamentally win in front of their fans. The Belgians will want to take revenge for their recent defeat at the European Championship. Bookmakers give an advantage to the owners of 1xbet v.83(2625) odds for their victory 2.28, for the victory of the Belgians – 3.20, a draw in regular time is estimated with a coefficient of 3.45. The match will definitely be productive and will end with a victory for the Italians.