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Italy, what a blow to Germany. Gnonto, the youngest Italian goal ever

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Italy, what a blow to Germany.  Gnonto, the youngest Italian goal ever

Moenchengladbach’s 5-2 is one of the worst knockouts in history. It was since 1957 that the Azzurri had not conceded more than 4 goals

First the storm, then a little ray of sunshine. It is enough to keep the good intentions alive for the future, but not to erase the unrest of the moment. Mancini’s Italy comes out with his head down from the match against Germany: he does it after conceding five goals in 70 ‘, followed by the goals of the flag signed by Gnonto and Bastoni. The stamp of the two young players, on the pitch from 1 ‘in Moenchengladbach, is the point from which the national team must restart.


On the fourth day of the Nations League, Italy collected one of the worst defeats in its history. Such a heavy knockout with the Germans had been missing for more than 80 years: it was November 26, 1939, Germany won 5-2, dominating Vittorio Pozzo’s team in Berlin. It was a friendly match: then we would no longer lose against them in official matches. Beyond the comparisons with Germany, the one remedied in Moenchengladbach will go down in history as one of the worst knockouts in the entire history of the Azzurri. To give an idea, we need to take a leap into the past: Italy had not conceded 5 (or more) goals in a single match since 1957, when Yugoslavia gave them a 6-1 in the International Cup. Roberto Mancini would be born seven years later, the president Gravina still had to turn 4 years old. Maybe he will have followed the game by listening to the radio, turning it off before 90 ‘, in disappointment.

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The enthusiasm of the young people, the courage of Mancini, the inevitable revolution that this national team has already implemented, however, is the point from which we must necessarily start again. The Italy of tomorrow must already be built today, giving confidence to those who need time to emerge and become great again. With this in mind, Gnonto’s goal – the only one of the trident on the pitch for the entire match – bodes well. No one, before him, has stamped the card so early, at just 18 years, 7 months and 9 days. Before the Zurich striker was released, in fact, the entry “youngest scorer in Italian history” read the name of Bruno Nicolé, who in 1958 scored for France at the age of 18, 8 months and 16 days. His adventure with Italy ended with just 8 appearances, the hope is that Gnonto can instead become a pillar of the new course.

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