Italy beat Greece 2-0 to secure Euro 2020 qualification

Italy beat Greece 2-0 to secure Euro 2020 qualification

Italy beat Greece 2-0 to secure Euro 2020 qualification

Jorginho and Federico Bernardeschi scored in a 2-0 victory over Greece in Rome on Saturday to confirm the Azzurri's qualification from Group J. Euro 2020 will mark the nation's first appearance at a major tournament in four years following the shock failure to reach the World Cup in Russian Federation.

"Italy can be an excellent outsider for Euro 2020, maybe even one of the favourites".

Mancini said, "The lads did really well". "We should be happy with the way the squad is playing".

"We've got a year ahead of us to improve and I think we are not that far off the strongest European teams". "But there's not such a big gap from the big European squads".

A second-half penalty from Chelsea midfielder Jorginho gave the hosts the lead before Federico Bernardeschi drilled in the victor 12 minutes from time.

Mancini's new-look Azzurri pushed their ideal run in Group J to seven games for a maximum 21 points.

"I appreciate the comparison but Pozzo is a legend because he won two World Cups, not for a run of nine straight wins", Mancini said.

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And Mancini said he hoped that four-time world champions Italy could relive the "magical nights" of the 1990 World Cup in Rome.

President of the Italian Football Federation, Gabriele Gravina, believes the nation have turned an important corner on and off the pitch in the wake of recent success. The top two teams of each group advance.

There were almost 60,000 fans at the Stadio Olimpico in anticipation of the qualifying celebration but they were kept quiet for much of the night as Greece defended in large numbers.

It was the Chelsea player's third goal for Italy, all from the spot. Chiesa was replaced by Bernardeschi. "We were too frenetic in the first half". We should have patiently moved the ball around to open up spaces.

"We'll go to the Euros, to put on a good show and to go all the way because it's been a long time that the Euro is missing from the Italy trophy cabinet", Mancini warned Friday.

Italy began to threaten more after the break and earned a penalty when Bouchalakis stuck out his arm to block a shot from Lorenzo Insigne that appeared on target.

Sergio Ramos became the most capped player for Spain as he overtook goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Leonardo Bonucci and Federico Bernardeschi have achieved a victory that means Italy's early qualification for Euro 2020.

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