Milan – Italy recognized the quality of Croatia after being held to a 1-1 draw in Euro 2016 Qualifying match Throughout the Azzurri made difficult by his opponent.
Entertaining Croatia at the San Siro on Monday (11/17/2014) pm dawn, Italy direct pressure from the start. Although the opportunity to steal a goal in the 11th minute through Antonio Candreva, Croatia successfully impose one point of La Nazionale through the legs of Ivan Perisic.
Appearing as a guest team did not make the Croatian inferior. They even superior ball possession 60% -40% and more shooting. A total of 14 experiments were conducted with seven met the target while Italy only 10 attempts with just two right targets.
“I had tried to raise the tempo, because at that time Croatia was too much possession of the ball and we had to press them in the last 20 minutes, see what we can make,” said the Italian striker Graziano Pelle told Rai Sport.
“We knew from the start that Croatia has good technique and is not easy to get the ball from them. The coach changed a few things and try to find other solutions. This is not a simple game,” he added as quoted by Football Italia.
Failure to reap the full amount made Italy still occupy second place in Group H with 10 from four matches, only on goal difference from Croatia at the top. While Norway is in third place which is the deadline to qualify for the playoffs with nine points.
So far ticket to the finals seemed only will involve three teams while three other teams lagging far enough. Bulgaria is in fourth position just collect four points, followed by Malta with one point and Azerbaijan are yet to get the numbers. Croatia clearly be the toughest challenge of Italy in this group.
“Looking at the standings, it did seem to be a three horse race. We knew that we had somehow escaped this stage. We have to evolve in any way and realize Croatia is a very good team,” said Pelle.
(raw / krs)