Two beautiful volleyballs from Andrea Belotti and Domenico Berardi in Sarajevo took place in Italy's UEFA Nations League final.
Bosnia and Herzegovina and Italy: reaction as it is
Torino striker Belotti missed two opportunities early, but after 22 minutes Lorenzo Insigne's point shot made no mistake to power the far corner.
The home team's best chance fell on Smail Prevljak' after 15 minutes, but Gianluigi Donnarumma's only one hit in the legs.
The lively Insigne nearly doubled the lead just before the break, but the curling effort brushed the outside of the post.
After good work by Sassuolo clubmate Manuel Locatelli', Berardi''s excellent finish in the middle of the second half made it a nice evening for Azzurri, who took his place in the October finals.
There was time for almost a third but it didn't happen because Federico Bernardeschi's late effort hit the crossbar.
Fedja Krvavac, correspondent from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina played in two completely different halves, the first was when Miralem Pjanić and Gojko Cimirot' created a lot of problems from the midfield. However, Dušan Bajevic's side turned down a few chances they had accumulated towards the end of the first period. After the hiatus, the hosts faded and saw their attacking exits disabled.
Paolo Menicucci, correspondent for Italy
Italy wrapped up their mandate with another convincing win and took their place in the UEFA Nations League final four. The Azzurri took little risk at the back and created several opportunities to score goals by playing fluid attacking football, as they have now long done under Roberto Mancini. Insigne was particularly inspired, but what impresses most is how well-oiled the game system is, no matter who's on the pitch.
Dušan Bajevic, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Coach: "We tried, we failed. You don't have to blame anyone but me. I'm proud to be the head coach of the national team and I want to thank the players for their attitude and behavior."
Amer Gojak, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Midfielder: "This is a tough game for us, a difficult time and everyone needs to analyze themselves and learn some lessons. We definitely need to do much better in the upcoming qualifiers, a lot of young players played and these games will mean everything to us. Let's keep going and keep our heads up." . "
Lorenzo Insigne, Italy striker: "We knew it was a tough game because we had to deal with a few problems. However, as we always try to do, we were very determined to impose our game and showed a great personality on the team shirt with pride and respect."
Italy assistant coach Alberico Evani: "I think the guys gave Mancini a great gift. He's absolutely happy right now. Belgium, France, Spain: We can't wait to meet the best teams in Europe in the finals and see what happens. We've reached. We believe we're getting close to them. Let's see if it's true."
- Bosnians have lost 8 goals in their last three UEFA Nations League games.
- With this win, Italy extended their unbeaten streak to 22 games in all competitions.
- Azzurri has been living his best magic undefeated under Marcello Lippi since 2004-06'.
- Belotti became the 35th player to score ten goals for the Italian national team.
- Berardi scored the third Italy goal of the calendar year, more than any other player.
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Piric; Čorluka, Hadzikadunic, Saničanin, Kadušić (Todorović 79); Cimirot, Pjanic (Danilović 76), Gojak; Tatar (Rahmanović 79), Prevljak (Hadžić 79), Krunić (Lončar 71)
Italy : Donnarumma; Florenzi (Di Lorenzo 46), Acerbi, Bastoni, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli; Berardi (Bernardeschi 82), Belotti (Lasagna 82), Insigne (Calabria 90)
The UEFA Nations League final tournament will take place from 6 to 10 October 2021. Teams will return to competitive action in the spring in the 2022 FIFA World Cup European Qualifiers.