Armenia Shocks Greece, Italy Scores Late to Beat Bosnia

first_imgTURIN, Italy (AP) — Marco Verratti scored a late winner to preserve Italy’s perfect record in qualifying for the 2020 European Championship with a 2-1 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday.Edin Dzeko’s first-half opener for Bosnia was the first goal Italy has conceded in its four qualifying matches.But Lorenzo Insigne leveled almost immediately after the interval with a stunning volley and then set up Verratti for the winner in the 86th minute.“The lads gave their all, it wasn’t easy to turn a match like this around, we risked a bit on counterattacks, but we clearly dominated in the second half,” Italy coach Roberto Mancini said. “We tool too many risks in the first half but then we improved.”Italy remained top of Group J, three points clear of second-place Finland, which won 2-0 in Liechtenstein. Armenia is third, six points behind Italy, after beating Greece 3-2 in Athens.Bosnia slipped to fifth, eight points behind Italy.“It’s a pity, we deserved more. A draw was the fairest result,” said Dzeko, who plays for Serie A side Roma. “We put a great team like Italy in difficulty, they scored two great goals but in a too easy way. ”Bosnia looked dangerous on the counter and took the lead with a well-worked move as Muhamed Besic’s back-heeled flick sent Edin Visca down the right of the area and he rolled across for Dzeko to tap in from three yards.Bosnia goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic pulled off a fine save to deny Serie A’s top scorer Fabio Quagliarella shortly before halftime but could do nothing four minutes after the break as Insigne volleyed in a corner from the edge of the area.Italy pressed hard for the winner and got it when some poor defending allowed Insigne to pick out Verratti, who had time to control the ball before driving a precise shot into the far bottom corner.___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

McKennie and Adams start vs full-strength France

first_imgFrance v United States France vs USA team news: McKennie and Adams start for USMNT Ben Valentine 02:13 6/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Weston McKennie USMNT 2 05282018 Bill Streitcher France v United States United States Friendlies France The teenage duo will face a tough test as they have been handed the start against one of the World Cup favorites Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams will pair together in the midfield as a youthful U.S. national team closes out its summer friendlies against France in Lyon.The teenage duo will begin in a midfield trio with Wil Trapp of the Columbus Crew captaining the side and sitting deepest of the three.Dave Sarachan will play three center backs in the contest, with Matt Miazga, Cameron Carter-Vickers getting the start alongside Tim Parker. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Parker receives his first ever senior start, as does Levante right-back Shaq Moore, who comes in for DeAndre Yedlin. Everton’s Antonee Robinson, who started against Bolivia, returns to the XI for a much sterner test against France as he lines up on the left.Up top, Bobby Wood, who scored the lone USMNT goal against the Republic of Ireland, will pair with Julian Green. It is Green’s first start for the national team since October 2016.Teenagers Tim Weah and Josh Sargent start the game on the bench.The USMNT will play in front of Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen who makes his second start for the senior team, coming in after Bill Hamid went the distance against Ireland.Meanwhile, France have gone with a full-strength side against the USMNT as Hugo Lloris, Samuel Umtiti, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann all start for Les Blues.The Stars and Stripes take Lyon. Meet our starting XI for #FRAvUSA.Lineup notes »— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) June 9, 2018USA XI: Steffen; Moore, Carter-Vickers, Miazga, Parker, Robinson; Trapp, Adams, McKennie; Green, WoodFrance XI: Lloris; Sidibe, Varane, Umtiti, Mendy; Pogba, Kante, Matuidi; Mbappe, Griezmann, Giroudlast_img read more