International Friendlies

Italy 1-0 USA: Matteo Politano secures win for Roberto Mancini's side

Matteo Politano
Matteo Politano scored a 94th minute in the international friendly in Genk

Substitute Matteo Politano scored the winner with virtually the last kick of the game as Italy beat the USA in Genk.

The Inter Milan forward started a sweeping move outside the USA box, before being slipped in and beating Ethan Horvath from close range.

Italy dominated throughout and Roberto Mancini's men enjoyed 73% of the possession, with 16 shots on goal.

Domenico Berardi had the best chance of the first half but his left-foot effort was tipped over the crossbar.

The Italians continued to search for the opener after the interval but Horvath was in inspired form to tip Vincenzo Grifo's fierce strike out for a corner.

Italy will be among the nations in pot one for the Euro 2020 qualifying draw in Dublin on 2 December having drawn 0-0 against Portugal in their previous match to ensure a second-place finish in Nations League Group 3A.



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Sirigu
  • 2De SciglioBooked at 19mins
  • 19Bonucci
  • 13Acerbi
  • 21Emerson
  • 18BarellaSubstituted forGagliardiniat 76'minutes
  • 23SensiBooked at 58mins
  • 6Verratti
  • 14ChiesaSubstituted forGrifoat 45'minutes
  • 9LasagnaSubstituted forPolitanoat 87'minutes
  • 11BerardiSubstituted forKeanat 62'minutes


  • 3Mancini
  • 4Biraghi
  • 5Gagliardini
  • 8Pavoletti
  • 10Grifo
  • 12Cragno
  • 15Rugani
  • 16Tonali
  • 17Kean
  • 20Politano
  • 22G Donnarumma


Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 12Horvath
  • 5Carter-Vickers
  • 21Zimmerman
  • 26Long
  • 4Adams
  • 25CannonBooked at 43minsSubstituted forVillafañaat 75'minutes
  • 9DelgadoSubstituted forTrappat 62'minutes
  • 23AcostaBooked at 45minsSubstituted forLletgetat 83'minutes
  • 18MooreBooked at 43mins
  • 10PulisicSubstituted forGallat 83'minutes
  • 13SargentSubstituted forWoodat 62'minutes


  • 1Guzan
  • 3Miazga
  • 7Wood
  • 11Weah
  • 14Lletget
  • 16Green
  • 19Villafaña
  • 20Trapp
  • 27Gall
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Match Stats

Home TeamItalyAway TeamUSA
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Italy 1, USA 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Italy 1, USA 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Italy 1, USA 0. Matteo Politano (Italy) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Roberto Gagliardini.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Italy. Conceded by Wil Trapp.

  5. Post update

    Stefano Sensi (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Shaquell Moore (USA).

  7. Post update

    Corner, USA. Conceded by Salvatore Sirigu.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Romain Gall (USA) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tyler Adams.

  9. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  10. Post update

    Delay in match Mattia De Sciglio (Italy) because of an injury.

  11. Post update

    Mattia De Sciglio (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Tyler Adams (USA).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Italy. Matteo Politano replaces Kevin Lasagna.

  14. Post update

    Emerson (Italy) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Shaquell Moore (USA).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kevin Lasagna (Italy) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, USA. Romain Gall replaces Christian Pulisic.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, USA. Sebastian Lletget replaces Kellyn Acosta.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mattia De Sciglio (Italy) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Marco Verratti.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bobby Wood (USA) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tyler Adams with a headed pass following a corner.

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Tuesday 20th November 2018

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