Monday, May 20, 2019 | ePaper

Italy draw as Genoa bridge victims remembered on emotional night for Mancini

  • Print


Italy's Jorginho (top) and Ukrainian Roman Yaremchuk vie for the ball, during the international friendly soccer match between Italy and Ukraine, at the Luigi Ferraris stadium in Genoa, Italy on Wednesday.

AFP, Genoa :
Ruslan Malinovskiy cancelled out Federico Bernardeschi's second half strike as Italy were held 1-1 by Ukraine in an international friendly in Genoa on Wednesday during which the victims of the bridge collapse in the city were remembered.
Bernardeschi's low strike beat Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov after 55 minutes, but seven minutes later Malinovskiy volleyed in for the visitors.
Italy coach Roberto Mancini spent most of his playing career in Genoa, at Sampdoria, and the friendly at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris was organised to raise money for those affected by the collapse of the Morandi bridge on August 14.
Mancini, 53, was the most capped player in Sampdoria's history and also the Genoa club's top scorer winning a Serie A, four Italian Cup and a European Cup Winners Cup with the club.
Play was halted at the 43rd minute to remember the 43 people who died in last August's bridge disaster, with the words "Genova nel cuore" (Genoa in the heart) flashing up on the stadium's big screens with players and supporters carrying out a minute's applause for the victims.
With 12,000 fans in attendance, around 105,000 euros was raised for the disaster fund.
For Mancini it was "a strong moment of emotion" having lived years in Genoa and crossed the bridge many times.
"It was a touching moment and an important one for the victims of this horrible accident. Being the Italy coach in my old stadium was particularly moving for me." Mancini took over four-time world champions Italy after their failure to qualify for the World Cup in Russia, but has just one win in six games since May, against Saudi Arabia.
"We regret not having made the fans happy up until the end, even if we did good things," added the Italy coach of whistles which accompanied the players off the pitch.
"I'm fed up of not winning and so is everyone. The positive thing is that today the team played good football for long periods. It was a friendly, so hopefully we can start winning on Sunday."
For Italy the game was a warm-up ahead of the weekend's Nations League game against Poland, with the Ukraine playing the Czech Republic on Tuesday.
Paris St Germain midfielder Marco Veratti returned after a long lay-off with Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella, 21, making his senior Italy debut.
Pyatov has made a number of fine saves, clearing a low Bernardeschi curling shot after five minutes and a Leonardo Bonucci volley.
There was a double chance just before half-time, as Lorenzo Insigne's effort was beaten away by Pyatov and a Barella volley deflected over.
But Bernardeschi finally got the better of Pyatov after 55 minutes before being replaced by Lazio's Ciro Immobile.
Federico Chiesa missed a chance to close down the game for the Italians, and moments later Mykyta Burda headed down for Malinovskiy to volley in.
"We deserved to score at least a couple of goals tonight," said Mancini.
"Now we have four days to prepare for Poland and will try to give our best."
In the Nations League, Italy play Poland in Chorzow, after drawing 1-1 against the Poles in Bologna and losing 1-0 to European champions Portugal.
The Ukraine play the Czech Republic at home in Kharkiv on Tuesday.

More News For this Category

We just wanted to win at any cost, says Farhad

We just wanted to win at any cost, says Farhad

`Bangladesh national cricket team wanted to win the final of the just-concluded tri-nation series in Ireland at any cost’, said all-rounder Farhad Reza upon his return to Dhaka after the

Kompany leaves Manchester City after 11 years

Kompany leaves Manchester City after 11 years

Vincent Kompany is leaving Manchester City after 11 years at the club.Club captain Kompany, 33, played his final game for the club in Saturday's 6-0 FA Cup final win over

Players of Olympique Lyon celebrate with the trophy after the women's soccer UEFA Champions League final match     between Olympique Lyon and FC Barcelona at the Groupama Arena in Budapest, Hungary on Saturday. Lyon defeated Barcelona by 4-1.

Players of Olympique Lyon celebrate with the trophy after the women's soccer UEFA Champions League final match between Olympique Lyon and FC Barcelona at the Groupama Arena in Budapest, Hungary on Saturday. Lyon defeated Barcelona by 4-1.

Robben and Ribery: End of an era as iconic duo depart

Robben and Ribery: End of an era as iconic duo depart

Bayern Munich marked the end of an era on Saturday, as iconic duo Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery both scored in their final Bundesliga game to secure a seventh straight

Man City complete sweep of        English trophies with FA Cup win

Man City complete sweep of English trophies with FA Cup win

AP, London :Manchester City swept aside Watford to complete the first clean sweep of English men's football trophies.The fourth piece of silverware of the season was sealed by four different

Real Salt Lake defender Justen Glad (15) grabs the wrist of Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore (17)  during an MLS soccer match in Sandy Utah on Saturday.

Real Salt Lake defender Justen Glad (15) grabs the wrist of Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore (17) during an MLS soccer match in Sandy Utah on Saturday.

Guardiola relentless as Man City's financial muscle pounds rivals into the ground

Guardiola relentless as Man City's financial muscle pounds rivals into the ground

Pep Guardiola looked on almost embarrassed as Manchester City put Watford to the sword with the biggest winning margin in a FA Cup final for 116 years on Saturday, a

Qatar officials say 48-team World Cup will not be 'imposed'

Qatar officials say 48-team World Cup will not be 'imposed'

AFP, Doha :The organisers of the 2022 Qatar World Cup said on Saturday that "there will be no decision imposed" on the country to extend the tournament to 48 teams.Anticipation

Attacker Boyd switches to US from NZ

Attacker Boyd switches to US from NZ

AP, Chicago :New Zealand-born forward and winger Tyler Boyd has been approved by FIFA to switch affiliation to the United States.The 24-year-old Boyd has five goals and four assists in

'Quakes'   Wondolowski becomes MLS all-time     leading scorer

'Quakes' Wondolowski becomes MLS all-time leading scorer

AFP, Los Angeles :Chris Wondolowski became Major League Soccer's all-time leading scorer Saturday, scoring four goals in the San Jose Earthquakes' 4-1 victory over the Chicago Fire to eclipse Landon