UEFA Nations League: Portugal Edge Italy in Lisbon

Andre Silva netted the winner as European champions Portugal got their Nations League campaign off the mark with a 1-0 win over Italy in Lisbon on Monday.

Playing without skipper Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal dominated the Italians to secure their first three points in a Group 3 that also includes Poland.

Silva scored three minutes into the second half with AC Milan’s on-loan Sevilla striker collecting a Bruma cross to beat his former Milan teammate Gianluigi Donnarumma in the Italy goal.

Italy coach Roberto Mancini suffered his first competitive setback after being held by Poland 1-1 in their opener on Friday in Bologna, with the Azzurri on one point after two games and on the brink of being relegated from their group.

“We made too many mistakes, but the lads gave everything,” said Mancini.

“We need to find a solution to scoring goals because you don’t win games without scoring. That’s our main problem right now.

“Portugal have won the first, so they’re the favourite, but I think it’s still wide open, you never know in football.”

In the three-team group Portugal play in Poland on October 11, with Italy again facing the Poles on October 15.

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