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UEFA Nations League: Roberto Mancini Ends Barren Run As Italy Boss After Poland Win

Amuda Segun



Roberto Mancini

Former Manchester City and Zenit St. Petersburg boss Roberto Mancini ended his barren run as the Italian national team manager on Sunday night following the last gasp 1-0 victory over their hosts Poland.

Mancini had gone five games without a victory until the late win over Poland courtesy Fiorentina defender Cristiano Biraghi assist from substitute Kevin Lasagna.

Both countries came into the League A group three games knowing that a win would boost last four qualification hopes, while a loss would confirm demotion from the league.

Italy carved out the better chances and were rewarded with almost the last kick of the game when Lasagna teed up left-back Biraghi.

Udinese striker Kevin Lasagna had come on as an 81st-minute substitute for Juventus winger Federico Bernardeschi.

The win ensures that Roberto Mancini tastes victory as the Italian national team manager for the first time after five failed attempts.

Since he was named as the replacement for the ineffective Gian Pero Ventura, Roberto Mancini had failed to win a game including the country’s first two UEFA Nations League games against Poland and Portugal.

His side drew 1-1 at home to the Polish team before succumbing to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Portugal.

The win takes Italy to four points in second place and two points behind leaders Portugal (six points), while Poland are just on one point and have been relegated from League A.

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