January 26, 2022

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Italy seal Nations League third place with Belgium win

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Bicolo Barella’s wonderful strike and a penalty from Berardi proved enough to earn Italy a 2-1 victory over Belgium on Sunday and third place in this year’s Nations League.

Italy recovered from their Nations League semi-final defeat to La Roja by beating Belgium 2-1 in the third-place play-off. Nicolo Barella fired the Azzurri ahead in the 46th minute before Dominic Berardi doubled their advantage in the 65th from the spot. Charles De Ketelaere pulled one back for Belgium in the 85th, but it was to prove nothing more than a consolation in the end.

Spain, meanwhile, take on world champions France this evening in the final at San Siro. La Roja beat Italy 2-1 in the semi-final while France came back from 2-0 down to beat Belgium 3-2. It’s set to be an intriguing battle between two coherent and capable teams, with the outcome anyone’s guess. It’s finely-poised.

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