Inter Milan star Nicolo Barella earns the plaudits for his grand display for Italy in Friday’s Euro 2024 qualifier victory over North Macedonia.
The 26-year-old enjoyed a brilliant outing at the Olimpico Stadium as the Azzurri put five past their opponents.
Luciano Spalletti’s men scored three goals in the first half, but the visitors launched a revolt after the break.
After conceding twice, the hosts took the initiative once more, adding two late goals to put the match to bed.
The Italy manager started the match with four Inter stars in the line-up. Matteo Darmian broke the deadlock with a clinical header.
The 33-year-old received a rating of 7/10 for his display from La Gazzetta dello Sport via FcInterNews.
Federico Dimarco also earned the same note. The left-back delivered an energetic display and provided the assist for Stephan El-Shaarawy on the fifth goal.
On the other hand, Francesco Acerbi got a note of 6/10 for his display at the heart of the defense. The veteran deflected the shot that resulted in North Macedonia’s second goal.
The Italian Press Praises Nicolo Barella For His Influential Italy Display In Euro 2024 Qualifier Win
Davide Frattesi, who entered the pitch in the 62nd minute as a replacement for Giacomo Bonaventura, also received a rating of 6.
Nevertheless, it was Barella who topped the Nerazzurri with an exceptional grade of 8/10.
The Euro 2020 winner was all over the field. His influential display saw him provide a couple of assists, including setting up Federico Chiesa with a brilliant backheel.
The Azzurri now travel to Germany for their decisive meeting against Ukraine. A Draw will be enough to book their spot in next summer’s tournament.