Italy Candreva: Italy criticism was excessive after Spain loss Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 07:09 9/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Italy Italy v Israel Israel WC Qualification Europe World Cup Spain v Italy Spain Italy did not deserve the weight of criticism levelled at them after losing to Spain, according to the midfielder. Antonio Candreva believes the criticism Italy received after their defeat in Spain was “excessive” as the Azzurri returned to winning ways against Israel.Candreva and Inter 9/1 for Serie A titleItaly look certain to require a play-off to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia, having fallen behind Spain in Group G following a one-sided 3-0 loss in Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina But Ciro Immobile’s sixth goal of the campaign ensured a 1-0 victory against Israel on Tuesday – all but securing a top-two place – and midfielder Candreva feels Italy deserve more respect for their work in the past year.”We needed a victory, we got it and I thought it was a positive performance that was consistent with the work we’ve done in the last year,” the Inter star said.”Criticism is part of the job, but we are a solid group and some of it was excessive. I think the Azzurri have done good things this year.| #Candreva : “These are games where you need to score early. It became easier after our goal.” #ItalyIsrael 1-0— Italy (@azzurri) September 5, 2017 “The defeat in Madrid was painful for us more than anyone – we were not expecting it and we have learned from our mistakes.”And team-mate Davide Zappacosta added that the Spain game offered Italy a reality check: “The game in Madrid made us realise many things.”We have to be a compact side, to fight for every ball and harass every opponent.”This sort of match [against Israel] is even more difficult as the opposition locks down all the space and make it hard for you.”
New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges have survived a late comeback from the Queensland Secondary Schools Touch side to win the title at the 2009 X-Blades National Youth Championships.CCC got out to a three touchdown lead before QSST hit back to level the game with minutes remaining.QSST had the opportunity to again level the scores late in the game when CCC’s Edan Price got sent to the sin bin with less than two minutes remaining, but were unable to capitalise, with the NSW boys taking the game by one touchdown. QSST got off to a great start when Ryley Jacks dived across the line in the opening set of six to give his side the early lead. It wasn’t long before CCC hit back, with Alex Franklin on the receiving end off a great flick pass from Daniel Chiddy, to level the scores at 1-all.Edrick Lee put QSST back in front five minutes later when he crossed over in the corner to give his side a 2-1 lead. But it was Scott Daley’s touchdown in the ninth minute, set up by Sam Brisby, which leveled the scores up again. CCC then hit the lead for the first time in the game when Simon Lang’s dive for the try line gave his side a 3-2 lead.CCC extended their lead four minutes later when a cut out pass from Brisby set up Alex Franklin for his second to give his side a three touchdown lead with minutes remaining in the first half.But QSST weren’t finished for the half, with Jacks crossing for second touchdown just before half-time to go to the break down by two, 5-3. CCC was back on the attack just after half-time, and extended their lead back to three touchdowns when Ben Dosseter scored in the first set of six. QSST’s Kade Bonner was the next to score, and brought his side back within two touchdowns with 13 minutes remaining, and when Lee crossed for his second, the Queensland boys were back in the game.Adam Pryde’s touchdown leveled the scores for QSST, but it was short lived, with Nicholas Good scoring off the next set of six off the back of some great work by Matt Moylan to steal the lead back, 7-6.Price was sent to the bin with two minutes remaining to give the QSST boys a chance to hit back, but it was too little too late, with CCC running away with the title.CCC was rewarded for their consistent carnival, with Moylan being named Player of the Match, and Good being named Player of the Series. NSWCCC Captain Dan Mahoney paid tribute to his team mates in the presentations after the game. “We’re all mates and that’s what it’s all about, that’s why we play touch,” Mahoney said.