Italy extended their unbeaten run to 21 matches and moved top of Nations League Group A1 heading into the final matchday as a Jorginho penalty and Domenico Berardi’s late goal sealed a 2-0 win over 10-man Poland on Sunday.
Jorginho’s 27th-minute spot-kick proved crucial, with the penalty awarded for Grzegorz Krychowiak hauling down Andrea Belotti, whose earlier venture into an offside position had cancelled out Lorenzo Insigne’s would-be opener.
Though Belotti and Nicolo Barella squandered chances to add to Italy’s lead, Poland’s comeback hopes all but ended when Jacek Goralski received a second yellow card.
Italy made their numerical advantage count grab a deserved second in the second half after Insigne set up Berardi to thump in his second international goal.
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum scored twice in a comfortable victory 3-1 for the Netherlands against Bosnia-Herzegovina in their Nations League group match.
It was just their second victory in five Nations League matches.
On Wednesday, Italy travel to Bosnia and the Netherlands are in Poland in the final group games, with the side finishing top of the group qualifying for the Nations League finals.
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE RESULTS SUNDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2020
Slovakia 1 – 0 Scotland
Netherlands 3 – 1 Bos-Herze
Georgia 1 – 2 Armenia
Albania 3 – 1 Kazakhstan
Belarus 2 – 0 Lithuania
Turkey 3 – 2 Russia
Bulgaria 1 – 2 Finland
Wales 1 – 0 R. of Ireland
Italy 2 – 0 Poland
Moldova 0 – 2 Greece
Slovenia 2 – 1 Kosovo
Belgium 2 – 0 England