🏆👉 Italy won the Third Place of the UEFA Nations League defeating the Netherlands on Sunday 18 June 2023 at the De Grolsch Veste stadium in Enschede, Netherlands. After being beaten in the semi-final by Spain, Italy redeemed themselves thanks to the goals from Federico Dimarco, Davide Frattesi, and Federico Chiesa. The positive tradition of the Italian national team against the Netherlands continues. Italy got their eleventh success in the history of the Azzurri who have impacted ten times and only lost on three occasions.
After six appearances for the national team, Davide Frattesi finds satisfaction in his first goal for the Azzurri. The midfielder also scored in the Nations League semifinal against Spain, but the goal was disallowed after the Var check.
Federico Chiesa scored his fifth goal for Italy in the 72nd minute. Previously, he had scored his last goal for the Azzurri in the match against Bulgaria in the World Cup qualifiers: it was 2 September 2021.
Stats before the game: Italy have only lost three of their 23 matches (W10, D10) against the Netherlands (13%); among the teams faced at least 20 times, only against Bulgaria (two) have the Azzurri suffered fewer knockouts than against the Orange (three). Italy have only lost one of their last 16 matches played against the Netherlands (W8, D7): that of 9 June 2008, their debut match at the 2008 European Championships, in which the Azzurri were defeated 3-0 with Roberto Donadoni on the bench ; since then three wins and four draws, including the last one (1-1), on 14 October 2020, in the Nations League.
Roberto Mancini has not lost any of the three matches (W1, D2) as coach of the Italian national team against the Netherlands and could become the first Italy coach to remain unbeaten in four matches against the Orange (Azeglio Vicini also has three). Italy have lost three of their last four matches (W1), including friendlies: as many defeats as those collected by the Azzurri in the previous 13 (W6, D4).
Italy is playing the final for third place for the second time in the Nations League, after the one staged on 10 October 2021, when the Azzurri won against Belgium 2-1, with goals from Barella and Berardi (from a penalty ).