EGYPT SWEPT ASIDE BY RAMPANT ITALY
Inter star Lorenzo Crisetig scored his first ever goal for Italy.
When it was revealed that Italy would host the Egyptian national team at the Stadio Olimpico, almost everyone was certain that the Azzurri would walk away with an easy win to boost morale ahead of their upcoming four crucial World Cup Qualifiers. Giuseppe Bergomi's men did not disappoint.
The first half was relatively quiet as the front three of Borini and Insigne with Bonaventura in behind them failed to create any real chances. The Porto striker Borini managed to smash one long range effort off of the post, but his midfield failed to really control the match and create any clear scoring opportunities.
At half time, Sebastian Giovinco, Lorenzo Crisetig, and Mattia Destro were introduced, and the match was turned on its head. From there on out, the Italians dominated every facet of the match, ending with 62% possession and 25 shots to Egypt's 5.
Shortly after the break, Lorenzo Insigne started off the scoring by tapping in Mattia De Sciglio's deadly far post cross, and from there Bergomi's side never looked back. Over the next five minutes, Insigne and Crisetig both saw shots tipped onto the bar by Egypt's number 1, Saief El Ogeily, and Leonardo Bonucci saw a thundering header roll just wide.
Close to the hour mark, however, Lorenzo Crisetig scored his first goal for his country in his fifth cap, a powerful header from Inter teammate Andrea Poli's corner kick. The 24 year old midfield maestro in the making looked delighted and celebrated with a kiss of the Italian badge and a hug with Giuseppe Bergomi on the sidelines.
With time ticking away, Mattia Destro scored a smart third goal after being slipped in by Inter teammate Lorenzo Insigne. The two-time Serie A Golden Boot winner clipped the ball right over the onrushing El Ogeily to seal the Italian victory in style.
"It's a really amazing feeling," said Lorenzo Crisetig after the match. "When you're a boy you dream about pulling on that Italy shirt and scoring for your country, and it feels truly spectacular to live out that dream."