Important win for the 2022 World Cup qualification in Qatar.
In full emergency, with an almost experimental team and an unprecedented attacking trident made up of Bernadeschi, Kean and Raspadori, Mancini’s team beats Lithuania by 5-0.It was necessary to forget the two painful draws against Bulgaria and Switzerland and to relaunch in the race for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Between injuries and players who have returned to the club (ten unavailable since the start of the retirement) it was not easy for the coach to choose the formation to field, with three close matches. He excluded Bonucci in defense, Locatelli in midfield and Berardi in attack than expected. He restored the Acerbi-Bastoni duo in defense (the same as the second half against Wales) and on the left he preferred Biraghi while in midfield Jorginho (for the first time with the captain’s armband) is the only one to play his third challenge from owner with Cristante Mezzala. Raspadori made his debut in the national team from the first minute and as a winger the coach opted for Kean who was given a chance after being excluded from the list for the European Championship.
Roberto Mancini’s national team wins on the pitch and also in the ratings. The match against Lithuania, valid for qualifying for the Qatar 2022 World Cup and broadcast live on Rai 1, was followed by 7,782,000 viewers (35.4% share), making it the most watched program of the early evening. The two previous matches with Bulgaria and Switzerland also won prime time, followed by 7,366,000 viewers (36% share) and 8,654,000 viewers (42.04% share) respectively.
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