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Euro 2020: Italy rout Czech Republic in pre-tournament friendly

Ciro Immobile opened the scoring before Nicolo Barella added the second before the interval, Lorenzo Insigne scored one and setup Domenico Berardi to complete the rout in the second half.

Lorenzo Insigne scored the third goal in Italy's 4-0 win over Czech Republic; Credit: Twitter/@azzurri
By Sreejith C R | Jun 5, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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Italy thrashed Czech Republic 4-0 in their last football warm-up game before heading into the rescheduled Euro 2020 starting on June 11. Ciro Immobile and Nicolo Barella netted in the first half with the help of some lucky deflection at the Renato Balle’Ara stadium in Bologna. After the interval, Lorenzo Insigne scored one and set up Domenico Bererdi to complete the rout. It was the Azzurri’s Eighth consecutive victory without conceding a goal.

In the 23rd minute, Ciro Immobile’s shot from close range deflected off defender Ondrej Celustka. This wrong-footed goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka who could not stop the shot. It was the Lazio striker’s 13th international goal, making him the top scorer in the Italy squad heading into European championship.

Three minutes before the half-time, Barella was allowed to run in with the ball and take a shot from the edge of the box. The Inter Milan midfielder’s off-balance shot deflected off two defenders before it looped over Pavlenka and into the net.

Impressive Insigne

Immobile and Insigne combine to score the third of the night. Six minutes after the hour-mark, Immobile played a fine through ball to the Napoli midfielder. He slotted the ball into the bottom corner with a low right-footed curler.

Domenico Berrardi made the score 4-0 with a cheeky goal in the 73rd minute. Insigne set up Berardi on the right side of the penalty area. The Sassuolo forward showed great composure to flick the ball over Pavlenka from close range.

30-year-old Insigne was the most lively player of the night. He took six shots on target, scored one and provided an assist. The Napoli midfielder, who scored 19 goals in the Serie A is in superb form going into the Euros.

Italy who failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup are in astonishing form. Roberto Mancini’s rejuvenated  side haven’t lost a match since the 1-0 defeat to Portugal in the Nations League fixture in September, 2018. Meanwhile the last time they conceded a goal was an equalizer by Danny Van de Beek in a 1-1 draw against Netherlands last October.

Italy open their Euro 2020 Group A campaign against Turkey on June 2 before facing Switzerland and Wales. Whereas Czech’s have one more war-up came against Albania on Tuesday before taking on Scotland on June 14.



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