After France stole their finals’ spot (football results), Belgium lost even the football match for third place in Nations League. Instead, Italy, whom Spain defeated 2-1 to just lose the final by that same score (football today), have placed third. Watch the football scores in this game develop to determine the third place in the second-ever, 2021 UEFA Nations League.
Nicolo Barella scored the first goal by sending the ball into the bottom left corner of the net.
Not wanting Belgium to fall off the top of the FIFA World Rankings, Roberto Martinez later introduced Kevin De Bruyne.
But the substitution was of little help when the hosting team doubled their advantage. This is because Timothy Castagne couldn’t handle Federico Chiesa’s trickery inside the box.
Then, Domenico Berardi converted a penalty that Italy received after the VAR review of this Castagne-Chiesa struggle.
A late Charles De Ketelaere goal on his international debut almost sparked a Belgium comeback, in added time. But the Azzurri enjoyed a 2-1 victory for Roberto Mancini’s men at home, at Allianz Stadium in Turin.
Belgium Lost Even the Football Match for Third Place in Nations League
And now, Manchester City and Belgium international midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has reflected on the Belgian team’s performance last night.
Belgium suffered a 1-2 defeat to Italy in the game for the 3rd place in UEFA Nations League.
“We did well at times against two top sides,” De Bruyne stated, as per Het Laatste Nieuws.
“Today we played with a lot of newcomers and they also did more than well. It’s good for them to be able to play against such teams.
“Unfortunately, we lost twice and finished last in the Final Four. With all due respect, we are just Belgium.
“We missed a lot of top-players like Eden [Hazard] or Romelu [Lukaku] today.
“And we have to be realistic: Italy and France have 22 top players, we don’t have that.”