Italyin need after the defeat suffered against England in the qualifiers for Euro 2024, carried out the process at home against Malta (0-2) with the expected solvency but lackluster, supported with goals from young Mateo Retegui and Guillaumier against.
Retegui is Italy’s best in these qualifying engagements. The Argentine Ítalo, player of Tigre, in the Argentine championship, has been a discovery of Roberto Mancini that made him his debut against England and gave him continuity. The striker responds with confident goals. He scored on Thursday on his debut and also against Malta.
It was the youngster born in San Fernando 23 years ago who calmed the reigning champion when, fifteen minutes in, he beat Henry Bonello to finish off a corner kick by Sandro Tonali.
The goal established Italian dominance, which had at first encountered some unexpected threat from the opponent. Like the one in the 5th minute, when Alexander Satarian was alone before Gianluigi Donnarumma, who made a good intervention and avoided the surprise.
Retegui’s goal gave the necessary tranquility to Mancini’s team, who a quarter of an hour later scored the second in a long shot that revealed the fragility of the local defense. It started with a cross from the right by Matteo Politano that Vicenzo Grifo failed to capitalize on. Picked up the Emerson shipment on the left that He executed another shipment that Guillaumier placed at his own door.
He managed to make the third before the break, by Grifo, but Bonello thwarted the transalpine attempt.
Italy invaded after the break with more bellows and high pressure to cause Malta to miss and extend their lead. The effort did not last long as Malta went further and he stalked the Donnarumma area in search of a goal which he stroked.
Gianluca Scamacca, who replaced Retegui after game timehad a great chance that Bonello destroyed with a great save.
Malta, who in the first game lost to Macedonia in a group, the C that Ukraine completes, continued to do their job. He tried to score against an opponent who lacked strength and who settled for a lackluster victory. Incidentally, nine minutes from closing, Joseph Mbong, inside the area, had another good opportunity. He was slow to take the shot and a defender fumbled a shot that could have gone past Donnarumma.