NEWS
Wednesday November 21 2018
Italy keep it clean, but struggle to score

Italy kept their third consecutive clean sheet, the best run in 18 months, but the last two goals were scored in stoppages.

The Azzurri beat the USA 1-0 in Genk with a Matteo Politano strike at the 94th minute on Tuesday evening.

They kept a clean sheet for the third match in a row, the longest streak since March 2017.

It’s a remarkable feat considering before the 1-0 victory in Poland last month, Italy had conceded for eight games straight, their worst run since 1958-59.

While the defence seems to have been resolved, there are still huge problems upfront.

Italy scored only two goals in their last three matches and they were both after the 90th minute, as Cristiano Biraghi got a last-gasp winner in Poland.

The Nazionale failed to find the net in the first half in any of the last seven outings.

Only once under Roberto Mancini, his debut 2-1 friendly win over Saudi Arabia, have they been able to score more than once.

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