Italy, in the shadow of a new off-pitch scandal, beat Malta 4-0 on Saturday (14) and took an important step towards Euro 2024, as did Slovenia, Denmark and Hungary, who also won in the qualifying round.
Since last Wednesday, the world of football in Italy has been marked by the revelation of the “Scommisi” case, which are sports bets made by several Italian League players on illegal platforms.
As part of the investigation, the police went to the “Azzurra” training center on Thursday to question the players Sandro Tonali and Nicolo Zaniolo, who are suspected of using these platforms, and who were forced to leave the team’s focus.
Spalletti wins his second win
Thanks to goals from Giacomo Bonaventura (23′), Domenico Berardi (45’+1 and 64′) and Davide Fratesi (90’+3), the Italian team was able to respond on the pitch after problems outside the four lines.
“The important thing is to win the three points seriously. We have a group that is finding its mechanics, we can be happy,” said famous coach Luciano Spalletti.
Thanks to this victory, the second in three matches since Spalletti’s arrival, Italy regains second place (10 points) in Group C of the Euro qualifiers, which is temporarily occupied by Ukraine, which hours ago defeated North Macedonia 2-2.
Next Tuesday, the Italians head to London to face England, which leads the group with 13 points.
“Tuesday’s match will allow us to measure our potential,” Spalletti said of the confrontation with the English team.