In his first game with the Italian national team,
won the front pages of the Italian sports media with his goal in the 2-1 defeat against England in Naples.
"Retegui is not enough"
, also highlighted the digital site
After barely three days of training with the Italian team, the Tigre striker started and scored his first goal with the Azzurra shirt.
For this reason, despite the painful fall in the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, his photo went straight to the front pages of the newspapers.
"Two Italys", headlined
Corriere dello Sport
with an image of Retegui's goal celebration with Lorenzo Pellegrini.
"Disappointing start and brilliant recovery:
," added the popular outlet on its front page.
"We saw two Italys: the one in the first half was disarming and distracting, the one in the second was lively and more credible. As if, after the break, the team excluded from the World Cup had been replaced by a team that was not too renewed but still wants to reach the end of the Eurocopa", analyzed Corriere.
On the cover of Corriere dello Sport.
Regarding Retegui's goal, meanwhile, he explained that "
it was not enough to conquer the Italian fans
, due to the Azzurri's defeat against England in the first qualifying match for Euro 2024 played at the Maradona' stadium in Naples and , above all, to his interview after the game".
Despite the fact that he surprised by singing the anthem, in the post-match interview with RAI, Chapita
in Spanish and used the translator
, which unleashed "the storm on social networks."
Several users also joked about his accent: "He is from Bari" was read on Twitter, according to Corriere dello Sport.
"The tone of the discussion -remarked the newspaper- becomes more serious when someone points out that 'there are children born in Italy who still do not have the citizenship that Retegui obtained', while there are those who venture a parallelism: 'The same will happen with Banchero , one who doesn't even know where Italy is and doesn't speak the language.
In Italy's other major sports daily,
La Gazzetta dello Sport
, Retegui's goal was featured as part of the "reaction" by Roberto Mancini's team.
"Little Italy: the Nazionale was dominated in the first half. Afterwards, the reaction:
Retegui's first goal and the 11-on-10 assault were not enough
," the Turin media headlined.
On the cover of La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"All because of a tragic first half: the English were able to score five goals but only scored two, with Rice and Kane from the penalty spot, luckily. Then, in the second half, another game starts and almost equals what we we deserve after all. Retegui's goal:
on the worst day there is finally a center forward from the area, the old-fashioned way, you just have to serve him.
An assist, a goal", the note continued.
Precisely, La Gazzetta spoke in another article of the "dilemma in Italy: the 9": "The central theme, as far as the selection is concerned, has been one for a long time: the hunt for the center forward. Immobile has
underestimated who - as has happened to many great players - is criticized when he is there and then realizes his importance when he is not there".
"Then the whirlwind began, until Retegui,
catapulted onto the pitch after only three days of training with his teammates
. And what is being talked about insistently at this time, because the goal on his debut still gave him a place on the cover" , commented the journalist
The rematch for Retegui and his new teammates will come this Sunday at 3:45 p.m. in the second match of group C of the Eurocup qualifying phase.
The rival will be
at the Ta' Qali National Stadium.
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