Leonardo Bonucci, the Italian captain and defender, expressed his disappointment after Italy’s 2-1 defeat to Spain in the semi-final of the UEFA Nations League. Despite Ciro Immobile’s equalizer from the penalty spot, Joselu’s late goal gave Spain the win in a tightly contested game at the De Grolsch Veste.
Bonucci, who had an impressive 16 Nations League matches this season, believes that Spain did not create many chances during the match. According to Tuttomercatoweb, he said: “We created two early attacks by playing out from the back. Ultimately, Davide Frattesi’s goal was a few centimeters offside, and Joselu was a few centimeters onside. We were not fortunate, and this evening it all turned around these two incidents. Spain is a good team, but aside from that Gigio (Donnaruma) save, they didn’t create much. We had a goal ruled out by a matter of centimeters.”
Bonucci’s disappointment is understandable, considering Italy’s impressive form in the competition. His contribution to the team’s performance cannot be understated, as he has been a rock at the back for his nation.
Spain’s victory means they will face Croatia in the final of the Nations League on June 18 at De Kuip. The Spanish team will be looking to continue their impressive form and lift the trophy, while Italy will be left to rue their missed chances and reflect on what could have been.