In a friendly international soccer match in Rome, Italy, on saturday (25 September), Italy's much demoralised national team won a 3-nil victory over Yugoslavia.
In a friendly international soccer match in Rome, Italy, on saturday (25 September), Italy's much demoralised national team won a 3-nil victory over Yugoslavia. The home team was helped by some fluid and confident play by two of their forwards - Bettega and Granziani.
SYNOPSIS: Italy kicked-off at the start of the match in Rome's Olympic Stadium, and during the first half the home team dominated the play, with the Italian forwards in control of mid-field and apparently well in control of the ball.
After the match, the Italian team coach, Enzo Bearzot, told newsmen he was still not satisfied with his team's performance. He admitted the first half had gone very well, but the second was less good.
The stars of the match were the Italian forwards, Bettega and Graziani. It was they who built this first fine goal.
Early in the second half some scrappy foot-work by the Italian gave rise to a few dangerous moments, with the Yugoslavs finding ways through the home defence line and giving veteran goal-keeper Dino Zoff plenty to do.
But the home fans soon had more to cheer abut a Bettega and Graziani once more began to dominate the Italian attack. Their smooth passing well inside the enemy's half provided Italy's second goal, making the score 2-nil.
If the Italians were to win, it would undoubtedly help to erase memories of the poor showing against Denmark earlier in the week. Once again it was left to Bettega and Graziani to put the match beyond doubt, giving Italy a 3-nil victory.