European champions Italy defeated Hungary 2-1 to move to the top of Group A3 of the League of Nations – the group in which England is located.
Italy went ahead when Nicolo Barella angled a strike into the top corner of the penalty area after a good work by Leonardo Spinazzola.
Lorenzo Pellegrini doubled the lead for the hosts with a low shot from Matteo Politano’s right-footed shot.
Hungary, who beat England 1-0 on Saturday, pulled one back through Gianluca Mancini’s own goal.
Italy, who did not qualify for the 2022 World Cup after losing in a final against Northern Macedonia, had chances to win before taking the lead in Cesena but Mancini twice had heads saved by Hungarian goalkeeper Denes Dibusz.
After Barella’s goal, Italy pressed for a second and only a super slippery clearance from Loic Nego denied Wilfried Gnonto, before Pellegrini made it 2-0.
Politano added almost a third but saw his strike bounce off the crossroads.
It seemed like a comfortable evening for Italy, but Mancini slipped the ball into the net when unquestionably following a cross from the right to give Hungary hope.
Italy now have four points from two matches after a 1-1 draw with Germany on Saturday.
England entertain Italy on Saturday, June 11 in a replay of the Euro 2020 final last summer, which Roberto Mancini’s side won 3-2 on penalties after it ended 1-1 at the end of extra time.
The match will take place at Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Molineux Stadium with only limited attendance after the Football Association was hit by sanctions following crowd problems at the Euro 2020 final.
The FA was fined £ 84,560 for “lack of order and discipline” at the match after hundreds of ticketless fans entered Wembley and clashed with stewards after areas around the stadium became crowded hours before evening.
Children under the age of 14, accompanied by an adult, will be allowed to enter, with an expected attendance of up to 3,000.
- 1G Donnarumma
- 3SpinachReplaced byDimarcoat 75 ‘minutes
- 18BarellaReserved for 64 minutesReplaced byTonaliat 84 ‘minutes
- 16KristanteReserved for 90 minutes
- 10PilgrimsReplaced byLocatelliat 66 ‘minutes
- 17PolitanoReplaced byBelottiat 75 ‘minutes
- 22ScrapersReplaced byZerbinat 84 ‘minutes
- 2Di Lorenzo
- 4Ramos Marchi
- 7NegotiationReplaced byVialat 58 ‘minutes
- 8NagyReplaced byStylesat 58 ‘minutes
- 13SchäferReserved for 71 minutesReplaced byVancsaat 87 ‘minutes
- 18NagyReplaced byBubbleat 81 ‘minutes
- 9SzalaiReplaced byAdamat 87 ‘minutes
Match ends, Italy 2, Hungary 1.
Second half ends, Italy 2, Hungary 1.
Attempt failed. Dominik Szoboszlai (Hungary) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right from a direct free kick.
Bryan Cristante (Italy) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Bryan Cristante (Italy).
Dominik Szoboszlai (Hungary) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Test saved. Alessio Zerbin (Italy) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sandro Tonali.
Test saved. Manuel Locatelli (Italy) right footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the center of the goal. Assisted by Andrea Belotti.
Substitution, Hungary. Martin Ádám replaces Ádám Szalai.
Substitution, Hungary. Zalán Vancsa replaces András Schäfer.
Foul by Degnand Wilfried Gnonto (Italy).
Attila Szalai (Hungary) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Davide Calabria (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Roland Sallai (Hungary).
Substitution, Italy. Sandro Tonali replaces Nicolò Barella.
Substitution, Italy. Alessio Zerbin replaces Giacomo Raspadori.
Alessandro Bastoni (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ádám Szalai (Hungary).
Foul by Andrea Belotti (Italy).
András Schäfer (Hungary) wins a free kick in the attacking half.