Italy stored their probabilities of reaching the knockout stage of the European Championship 2022 alive by coming from behind to make a 1-1 draw towards Iceland, who will really feel it was a missed alternative resulting from their early lead and late probabilities that have been begging.
Karolina Lea Vilhjalmsdottir scored simply minutes into the match, earlier than Valentina Bergamaschi interrupted it as Italy took extra management of the match. But Iceland may have made it 2-0 simply earlier than the equalizer, whereas there have been additionally alternatives to guide to 2-1 in the direction of the top.
Italy made 5 modifications from the staff that was knocked out by France, together with bench star forwards Barbara Bonansea and Cristiana Girelli. But it looked as if it would play little position when Iceland bumped into an early lead by way of Vilhjalmsdottir already within the third minute.
Iceland threw an extended throw within the field, Italy did not clear and Vilhjalmsdottir struck.
The recreation was extra balanced after that – if something Italy was strongest after settling down and had rather more of the ball – however Martina Piemonte missed an excellent likelihood to equalize in the midst of the primary half when she skewed a volley from the center of the penalty space. It was telling that Italy’s finest alternatives got here with the ball on the ground, however they usually performed it for a very long time.
Iceland had extra probabilities to prolong their lead additionally in the primary half, with Sara Björk Gunnarsdottir and Sveindis Jane Jonsdottir who each missed the objective at the closest publish.
Another set-piece that Italy didn’t handle to finish noticed Iceland go inside a number of centimeters of going up 2-0 on the hour mark, however substitute Alexandra Johannsdottir knives her effort narrowly subsequent to it. They needed to apologize for the miss as a result of it was solely a number of moments earlier than Bergamaschi’s equalizing objective, the outcome of a run alongside the left from half-time substitute Bonansea.
With Italy’s press construct, Bonansea was denied only one inexperienced mild by Sandra Sigurdardottir’s parry on the within the publish. Flaminia Simonetti then hit a very good likelihood exterior the previous from 18 yards, whereas Bonansea quickly shot subsequent to the opposite aspect.
In the remaining stage, Vilhjalmsdottir may have received it for Iceland. But whereas she confirmed wonderful approach for scoring targets early, she fluffed her strains and did not make correct contact in a incredible place. The similar was true of Sveindis Jonsdottir, who couldn’t kind his toes in entrance of objective.
Valentina Bergamaschi scored Italy’s equalizer / Tullio M. Puglia / GettyImages
GK: Laura Giuliani – 6/10 – Did not really take a look at that a lot contemplating that Iceland had some good probabilities.
RB: Lucia Di Guglielmo – 6/10 – Saw lots of the ball and barely gave it away. Not overly efficient in the longer term.
CB: Sara Gama (c) – 4/10 – A bit in every single place early and will have used the ball higher when she had time to select up passes.
CB: Elena Linari – 6/10 – In the top, she did a lot better than her surprisingly disappointing defensive accomplice.
LB: Lisa Boattin -6 / 10 – Created a handful of probabilities. Did nicely towards Jonsdottir total.
RM: Valentina Bergamaschi – 6/10 – Got his toes proper to transform what might have been a troublesome likelihood to equalize.
CM: Flaminia Simonetti – 7/10 – Would prefer to strive to get ahead from the midfield and created some probabilities.
CM: Martina Rosucci – 6/10 – Began to train extra management within the second half. Passed the ball and stored the ball possession nicely.
LM: Arianna Caruso – 5/10 – Had a number of photographs on objective in the primary half however sacrificed within the interval for extra expertise.
ST: Martina Piemonte – 5/10 – A inventive menace that asks questions however ought to actually have buried a golden likelihood in the primary half.
ST: Valentina Giacinti – 5/10 – Did not have a lot menace. Lack of scientific high quality.
SUB: Barbara Bonansea (46 ‘for Caruso) – 8/10 – Made a enormous distinction to Italy’s attacking outcomes and created the equalizer.
SUB: Cristiana Girelli (52 ‘for Piedmont) – 6/10
SUB: Elise Bartoli (58 ‘for Gama) – 6/10
SUB: Daniela Sabatino (85 ‘for Giacinti) – 6/10
Karolina Lea Vilhjalmsdottir shot Iceland in an early lead / Harriet Lander / GettyImages
GK: Sandra Sigurdadottir – 8/10 – Made various good claims and saves that in the end retained a degree for Iceland.
RB: Elisa Vidarsdottir – 6/10 – Had bother dealing with Bonansea.
CB: Glodis Viggosdottir – 7/10 – Rejected virtually the whole lot that bought in her means.
CB: Gudrun Arnardottir – 7/10 – Equally robust defensively.
LB: Hallbera Gisladottir – 6/10 – Sent many lengthy passes ahead with little success. Sacrificed within the remaining phases for a extra attacking change.
CM: Gunnhildur Jonsdottir – 5/10 – Committed a number of fouls and was not so efficient in stopping Italy from taking part in as hoped.
CM: Dagny Brynjarsdottir – 6/10 – Disciplined efficiency, largely needed to play with no ball.
CM: Sara Björk Gunnarsdottir (c) – 6/10 – Created a likelihood and missed one your self. Became extra defensively minded as Italy grew.
RF: Sveindis Jane Jonsdottir – 6/10 – A menace along with her technical expertise nevertheless it was her lengthy throw that precipitated the opening objective. Faded a bit.
ST: Berglind Thorvaldsdottir – 5/10 – Did not see a lot of the ball in open play and held for lower than an hour earlier than it was changed.
LF: Karolina Lea Vilhjalmdottir – 7/10 – Excellent end to place Iceland forward – it will have been simple to get it fallacious. Missed a late likelihood to win it.
SUB: Alexandra Johannsdottir (57 ‘for G. Jonsdottir) – 6/10
SUB: Agla Maria Albertsdottir (58 ‘for Thorvaldsdottir) – 5/10
SUB: Svava Ros Gudmundsdottir (78 ‘for Gunnarsdottir) – 6/10
SUB: Selma Sol Magnusdottir (88 ‘for Vilhjalmsdottir) – N / A
SUB: Aslaug Munda Gunnlaugsdottir (88 ‘for Gisladottir) – N / A)
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