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Italy 2-1 Hungary

Two first-half goals help Italy to a 2-1 win over Hungary. Barella opened the scoring half an hour in when he rifled a powerful shot into the top corner, and Pellegrini doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time.

They started the second half brightly as well, with Politano smacking an effort off the crossbar before Hungary were handed a lifeline.

Fiola’s cross caught Mancini, and his attempted clearance nestled into his net, but the visitors couldn’t come up with an equaliser.

Starting lineup:

ITALY STARTING XI (4-3-3): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Davide Calabria, Gianluca Mancini, Alessandro Bastoni, Leonardo Spinazzola; Lorenzo Pellegrini, Bryan Cristante, Nicolo Barella; Matteo Politano, Degnand Wilfried Gnonto, Giacomo Raspadori.

HUNGARY STARTING XI (3-4-2-1): Denes Dibusz; Adam Lang, Willi Orban, Attila Szalai; Loic Nego, Adam Nagy, Andras Schafer, Zsolt Nagy; Roland Sallai, Dominik Szoboszlai; Adam Szalai.


BARELLA SCORES! Spinazzola drills a low cross along the edge of the box, and Gnonto gets a shout to let it run for Barella behind him. None of the Hungary defenders is picking him up, and he takes a touch before rifling a superb shot past Dibusz, who got fingertips to it, and into the far top corner. 1-0 Italy!

PELLEGRINI SCORES! Politano skips away from Attila Szalai down the right again before pulling another dangerous cross back from the byline. Politano and Raspadori miss it at the near post, but Pellegrini is following in behind to slot it home coolly. 2-0 Italy!

OWN GOAL! Fiola has made an impact off the bench after he burst down the right and played a dangerous first-time cross toward the six-yard box. Mancini was stretching to clear it, not realising that no Hungarian players were behind him, and turned into his net. 2-1!

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Italy 2-1 Hungary

So, what’s next?

That win takes Italy to the top of Group A3 with four points and following up in England. Hungary stays in second with three points, and they host Germany in their next game on Saturday.

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