Saturday March 23 2019
Kanerva rues Barella deflection

Finland Coach Markku Kanerva believes the deflection on the opening Italy goal made all the difference in their 2-0 defeat.

The Azzurri broke through early on with Nicolò Barella and Moise Kean added a second after the break, while Fabio Quagliarella clipped the crossbar in this Euro 2020 qualifier.

“Obviously, I am disappointed by the result, but it does describe the way the game went,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“It’s particularly frustrating about the first goal, because there was a deflection. If we had found the net in a similar way, it would’ve been a very different second half.

“We knew that Kean would’ve played and discussed it yesterday. At the end of the day, Italy didn’t surprise us at all, but their midfield is very difficult to work against, which is why we bulked up that zone.”

Finland played with a 5-3-1-1 formation, or an extremely defensive version of a 3-5-1-1.

“It was not our intention to be pegged back too deep, but we ended up against either Federico Bernardeschi or Ciro Immobile. Italy are the strongest opponents in the group and have so many alternatives on the bench too.

“Greece and Bosnia can have their say too, but Italy have more strength in depth.”

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