Italy seal UEFA Nations League with win over Belgium

Italy seal UEFA Nations League with win over Belgium

Italy beat Belgium 2-1 to finish the UEFA Nations League in third place and win the bronze medal.

Nicolo Barella scored for the Azzurri a minute after the restart, before Domenico Berardi scored a second on the hour mark. 

Charles de Ketelaere then scored his first international goal in the 86th minute.

The game got off to a slow start with the first chance falling to Italy in the 21st minute when Giacomo Raspadori's forced a save from the goalkeeper with a fine effort from inside the box. 

Belgium also threatened in the 27th minute as Saelemaekers's effort went off the crossbar after he created some space with an exquisite sidestep. 

With a minute to half-time, Federico Chiesa pounced on a cross and fired in a shot on goal from close range, but Thibaut Courtois was alert and made a decent save. 

Italy began the second half like a house on fire as Barella picked up the ball from a rebound and from the edge of the box he unleashed a low shot into the bottom left corner to give the Azzurri the lead. 

They got the chance to extend their lead from the spot after Timothy Castagne committed a foul inside the box and the referee awarded a penalty. 

Berardi easily beat Courtois from the spot to put them 2-0 up and on the way to a third-place finish. 

Belgium then got their consolation five minutes from time as Ketelaere scored from a Kevin de Bruyne ball. 

The match was nothing short of action, with five players getting booked, but there was no sending off.

Check the stats!