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C. De Ketelaere
K. De Bruyne
2 - 1
Yellow Card
D. Berardi
Penalty Goal
2 - 0
T. Alderweireld
Yellow Card
N. Barella
1 - 0

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Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 5 4
Total Passes 436 665
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It isn't the medal they wanted, but Italy secure the consolation prize in the Nations League, finishing third and Belgium fourth. Italy are in action next month against Switzerland in World Cup qualifying, while Belgium face Estonia.
Italy survive a late surge by Belgium, to secure a 2-1 victory in the Nations League finals and clinch the bronze medal. It was goalless at the break, but it took Italy just a matter of seconds to get the opener following the restart, with Barella producing a fine volley to make it 1-0. Chiesa was then fouled by Castagne in the box and it handed Italy a penalty, which Berardi converted on 65 minutes to double their lead. Belgium rallied late on, with Carrasco and Batshuayi striking the woodwork, before De Ketelaere pulled one back on 86 minutes following a quick counter, but they couldn’t find another and Italy held on for the win.
90' + 3' It doesn't look like Belgium are going to be able to get another goal before the full-time whistle, with Italy defending well and controlling things in stoppage time.
F. Bernardeschi
F. Chiesa
90' + 2' Chiesa also comes off and Bernardeschi is his replacement.
L. Insigne
D. Berardi
90' + 1' Late double change by Italy in stoppage time, with Berardi heading off and he has been replaced by Insigne.
90' There will be a minimum of four minutes added time played at the end of the second half.
89' Italy have everyone sitting deep now, soaking up the Belgium defence and just trying to see the game out to its conclusion. We only have a few minutes remaining.
L. Trossard
Y. Carrasco
87' Another Belgium change now, with Carrasco coming off and he has been replaced by Trossard.
K. De Bruyne
86' De Bruyne sprinted forward after receiving the ball from Courtois and the midfielder spotted the run of De Ketelaere, who provided a fine finish, to score his first goal for his country.
C. De Ketelaere
86' GOAL! Belgium pull one back late on, it’s 2-1! They counter quickly after a poor Italy corner and Courtois sends them up the pitch, with De Bruyne then finding De Ketelaere, who only has Donnarumma to beat from close range. De Ketelaere shows great composure to slot it through the legs of Donnarumma and into the back of the net. Can they complete the comeback?
84' That's three excellent chances that Belgium have missed in the second half. Can they create a couple more late on and convert to send this game to penalties?
Yellow Card
82' Emerson is booked after he dives into the back of De Bruyne near the left touchline and brings the Belgian down.
82' OFF THE POST! Italy try to play the ball out from the back and get caught out, with Belgium breaking forward on the counter and it is slid through to Carrasco, who only has Donnarumma to beat and he tries to find the bottom right corner. However, he can only strike the bottom of the post!
79' De Bruyne has been lively for Belgium since coming on, adding more attacking threat and if Belgium are to pull a goal back, he is lively to be involved in the build-up.
77' CHANCE! Belgium work a corner short and eventually get the ball into the penalty area, with it falling to Alderweireld at the far post. The defender powers an effort towards the bottom right corner of the net, but Donnarumma gets across well and makes an excellent diving save to push it around the post.
75' Italy look pretty content with their 2-0 lead, looking strong at the back and they are just trying to see the game out, with not long left to play.
73' Italy have a dominant head-to-head record against Belgium, having won 15 of the 23 meetings to date (D4 L4).
L. Pellegrini
70' The other change sees Pellegrini head off the pitch and he has been replaced by Jorginho.
B. Cristante
N. Barella
70' Italy make a couple more changes, with the first seeing Barella replaced by Cristante.
69' SAVE! Donnarumma makes a mess of a routine catch after a cross in from the right and hands Belgium the ball back in the penalty area, Alderweireld picks it up and fires a low strike towards goal. However, the keeper redeems himself and makes a good save to deny the centre-back.
67' Belgium let a two-goal lead slip in midweek against France and today they have to overturn the same scoreline. There is still plenty of time left on the clock, but they need to get through this resilient Italian defence.
D. Berardi
Penalty Goal
65' GOAL! Berardi converts from the penalty spot and makes it 2-0! Berardi aimed for the bottom left corner of the net and Courtois guessed the right way, getting a big hand to the ball, but he can't stop it from flying in. The keeper is very disappointed with himself, as he could have saved that. However, Berardi won't care one bit as he doubles Italy's lead.
M. Kean
G. Raspadori
65' Italy have made a change following the goal, with Raspadori the man coming off and he has been replaced by Kean.
T. Alderweireld
Yellow Card
63' Alderweireld is booked following the penalty decision after he throws the ball into the ground in frustration.
63' ITALY PENALTY! Chiesa races down the left wing and battles for the ball with Castagne, but the Italian just gets to it ahead of the Belgian and Castagne slides in and brings him down. The referee immediately points to the spot. Great opportunity for Italy to double their lead.
62' The changes from Belgium seem to have kicked them into life, they are playing at a much higher tempo now and are trying to push forward in search of an equaliser.
60' OFF THE BAR! Batshuayi goes close to scoring an equaliser for Belgium! De Ketelaere slides the ball through to Batshuayi, who fires a powerful effort towards goal from a tight angle and he beats Donnarumma, but the strike hits the underside of the crossbar and then bounces away from danger.
C. De Ketelaere
A. Saelemaekers
59' The other change sees Saelemaekers replaced by De Ketelaere.
K. De Bruyne
Y. Tielemans
59' Here comes the double Belgium substitution, with Tielemans heading off and he has been replaced by De Bruyne.
58' It looks like Belgium are getting ready to make a few changes on the sidelines. They need to do something as Italy are on top and look comfortable as we head towards the hour mark.
A. Witsel
Yellow Card
56' Witsel is the latest player to be booked, after his challenge on Di Lorenzo.
54' Belgium don't look comfortable at the back, with Italy finding a lot of space between the lines and they look the more likely side to score again and double their lead.
52' Defeat to Spain earlier this week ended an all-time record run of 37 games without defeat for Italy. They seem to be heading back to winning ways so far today.
50' Belgium don't seem to have enough movement in attack, with Italy able to defend pretty comfortably at the moment and due to injuries, Belgium don't have much strength in depth on the bench.
48' An awful start to the second half by Belgium, with Italy now on top and Belgium have to do something special to get back into the game.
N. Barella
46' GOAL! Barella fires Italy into the lead just after the break, it’s 1-0! Italy whip a corner into the box from the right, which is headed away at the near post, but it falls straight to Barella just inside the box and he volleys a low strike straight into the bottom left corner of the net. Great finish!
46' The second half is under way!
Belgium have edged the possession charts, but Italy had the better chances and they had more attempts on goal in the opening half. This one could go either way at the moment.
It's goalless at the break between Italy and Belgium, but both teams have gone close to taking the lead. Berardi and Raspadori went close early on for Italy, before Saelemaekers struck the crossbar at the other end, as Belgium looked to break the deadlock. Italy's best opportunity came on the stroke of half-time, with Chiesa going one-on-one with Courtois, but the keeper pulled off a great save to deny the Italian.
45' CHANCE! How did he miss? Chiesa latches onto the end of a long ball over the top of the Belgium defence and he races through on goal, with only Courtois to beat. However, the keeper makes himself as big as possible and makes a superb save with his feet to turn it around the post. Excellent save.
45' There will be a minimum of one minute added time played at the end of the first half.
44' Saelemaekers has played well for Belgium so far today, he's looked lively in attack and has been their biggest threat in the final. He's just won a corner, but it comes to nothing.
42' Well wide! Chiesa checks inside from the left and finds a little bit of space on the edge of the box, but his powerful effort flies high over the Belgium goal. Not troubling Courtois.
40' There isn’t long left to play before the end of the first half, can either side break the deadlock before the half-time whistle?
38' Italy break forward on the counter-attack after a mistake by Saelemaekers, but they seem to run out of ideas by the time they get to the Belgium penalty area and a poor pass allows their opponents to clear the danger.
36' It's been quite an even game so far, with both teams creating chances, but neither has been able to control possession for a sustained period. Belgium are just edging the passing charts at the moment.
34' Stoppage in play here as Di Lorenzo is down on the pitch after an aerial collision with Vertonghen. The medical team are on giving him some treatment, but he should be fine to continue shortly.
32' Decent effort! Belgium backed off as Chiesa ran at them and the Juve man then tried his luck from distance, but he can't get it on target.
G. Di Lorenzo
Yellow Card
30' Di Lorenzo is booked after he dives in late on Carrasco near the touchline. A poor challenge that didn't need to be made.
29' We’re almost at the half an hour mark now and it remains goalless between Italy and Belgium. However, both teams have gone close to opening the scoring, with Saelemaekers striking the woodwork for the visitors.
27' Belgium's loss on Thursday was their second defeat in their last 18 games across all competitions (W14 D2), with the other loss coming in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals against Italy.
25' OFF THE BAR! Belgium break quickly up the pitch and the ball is pulled back to Saelemaekers just inside the box, and Saelemaekers tries to curl the ball into the top right corner of the net. However, he is incredibly unlucky as it strikes the top of the crossbar! So close to an opener.
24' Decent chance! Alderweireld does well to meet a corner at the near post and he flicks it on, hoping that a teammate will pounce, but no-one is on his wavelength and Donnarumma comfortably gathers.
22' We've seen two good goalscoring chances for Italy in the last few minutes, as they start to increase the intensity of their game and Belgium need to improve at the back.
20' CHANCE! Excellent movement by Raspadori and he latches onto the end of a through ball by Chiesa and races through on goal. However, Castagne manages to keep up with him and gets back in the nick of time, deflecting Raspadori's effort just wide of the post.
18' SAVE! Belgium take too long on the ball at the back and Berardi takes advantage, picking it up around 25 yards out and he fires a low strike at goal, which takes a slight deflection off Denayer. The change in direction causes Courtois to alter his dive, but the keeper still gets down well and makes a strong save.
16' Neither keeper is yet to have a save to make, as there hasn't been much action in the final thirds, with Batshuayi going to the closest so far with his long range strike.
J. Vertonghen
Yellow Card
14' The first yellow card of the game is shown to Vertonghen, after his late challenge on Berardi, wiping the Italian out. No complaints by the Belgium skipper.
13' The pace of the game has dropped slightly in the last few minutes, with Italy controlling possession well in the middle of the pitch, trying to work it into the final third.
11' Italy came out on top in the last meeting between these two sides, which came in the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 and Italy won that game 2-1.
9' Belgium are showing a bit more attacking intent so far today, with Italy unable to capitalise on their bright start in the opening few minutes.
7' Good effort! Italy fail to clear their lines at the back and Batshuayi pounces on the ball on the edge of the penalty area, before firing a powerful effort towards goal. However, he gets slightly too much on it and it flies just over the bar.
5' This is better from Belgium, they are managing to string together a few passes and get up the pitch, but Italy are pressing them high and making it very difficult.
3' Bright start here by Italy, they are camped inside the Belgium half and the visitors just haven't been able to get out so far. Chiesa has had a couple of shots already, but nothing that has tested Courtois.
1' We're under way!
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Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku are missing for Belgium today due to injury, so they have been replaced by Vanaken and Batshuayi. De Bruyne is another to drop out of the side, but he is on the bench and he’s been replaced by Saelemaekers.
Italy have made five changes to their starting line-up, with Acerbi, Locatelli, Pellegrini, Berardi and Raspadori coming into the side and they have replaced Bonucci, Jorginho, Verratti, Bernardeschi and Insigne.
BELGIUM SUBS: Simon Mignolet, Koen Casteels, Dedryck Boyata, Kevin De Bruyne, Dodi Lukebakio, Arthur Theate, Charles De Ketelaere, Leander Dendoncker, Leandro Trossard.
BELGIUM (3-4-2-1): Thibaut Courtois; Toby Alderweireld, Jason Denayer, Jan Vertonghen; Timothy Castagne, Axel Witsel, Youri Tielemans, Alexis Saelemaekers; Hans Vanaken, Yannick Carrasco; Michy Batshuayi.
ITALY SUBS: Salvatore Sirigu, Alex Meret, Giorgio Chiellini, Marco Verratti, Jorginho, Lorenzo Insigne, Federico Dimarco, Bryan Cristante, Moise Kean, Federico Bernardeschi.
ITALY (4-3-3): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Francesco Acerbi, Alessandro Bastoni, Emerson; Nicolo Barella, Manuel Locatelli, Lorenzo Pellegrini; Domenico Berardi, Giacomo Raspadori, Federico Chiesa.
Meanwhile in their semi-final, Belgium were leading 2-0 at the break, but they let a two-goal slip and suffered a 3-2 defeat against France, with their opponents scoring a 90th minute winner.
Italy's record breaking 37-game unbeaten run came to an end in the Nations League semi-final, after suffering a 2-1 defeat against Spain. Leonardo Bonucci was sent off in the first half and Italy were 2-0 down at the break, before Lorenzo Pellegrini scored a late goal to pull one back, but they couldn’t grab an equaliser.
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