Italy returned to action on Thursday after winning Euro 2020 as Azure drew 1-1 with Bulgaria in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
For the Group C clash at the half-capacity studio Artemio Franچیois in Florence, about 14,000 spectators turned out to welcome the summer football football heroes of the Cold Games for the Italians, who set an unprecedented track and track at the Tokyo Olympics. See also field results.
But when Federico Chisa gave Roberto Mansini a well-deserved 16th-minute lead, Atanas Elif equalized before the break to secure a point for the away team, ranked 75th in the world but determined. There were and goalkeeper Giorgio Giorgio broke his tough defense to Italy in impressive form.
It was not the night that fans were expecting when an early XI walked out of the penalty shootout win over England at Wembley in July with just two changes.
“We needed to be more clinical,” the broadcaster told RAI.
“It was one of those games where we could play for another half hour and not score.
“He defended well and we conceded a counter-attack. It’s football.
“We should have been more clinical. We gave our all to win this game. Sunday is an important game for us and we must win.”
Italy still top the group, four points ahead of Switzerland, who did not play on Thursday and hosted the European Champions in Basel on Sunday.
Only the team at the top of the group will automatically qualify for the World Cup.
Bulgaria are fourth on two points, eight from Italy, knowing they have little chance of reaching Qatar in November next year.
“It’s a shame because we wanted to celebrate the July 11 victory with a win in front of our fans, but we will take a stand and look to Sunday,” said Leonardo Bonucci.
Fans lined the streets to cheer for the national team as soon as it reached the ground, showing enthusiasm for the national team.
They then chanted “We are the champions of Europe” when the teams were ready to start. They were initially treated for a one-way traffic.
Chesa added another reason for fans to rejoice when his left foot was drilled after he was driving and exchanging passes with a Cerro mobile, which did not give Giorgio a chance.
Italy continued to suppress the Bulgarian team, which had failed to win any of its last six matches, led by coach Yassin Petrov, who took over the reins in January, but the home team failed to make much.
Elliott, who plays for Serie B side school in Italy, stunned the crowd five minutes before half-time when he had the opportunity to return home to Leveller after a deep run and a low cross by Krill Despodov.
Chisa continued to create problems on the right side, another good chance was saved by Marco Variety in the 62nd minute, but Bulgaria kept the crowd quiet despite the frivolous display against the team that lost Euro and Haven. Has not qualified for the World Cup since 1998.