‘Phenomenon’ Gianluigi Donnarumma pulls off a shocking TRIPLE save to assist Italy book Nations League finals spot… with the PSG goalkeeper crediting ‘Mother Nature’ for uplifting his moment of magic in Budapest
Gianluigi Donnarumma credited his stunning triple save against Hungary to ‘Mother Nature’ as Italy booked their place within the Nations League finals.
Roberto Mancini’s side ran out 2-0 winners in Budapest after goals from Giacomo Raspadori and Federico Dimarco.
Nevertheless it was Donnarumma that took a lot of the plaudits, particularly after one move early within the second half where he produced a marvellous triple save.
Gianluigi Donnarumma pulled off a shocking triple save to maintain Italy’s clean sheet in Hungary
Team-mates rushed over to rejoice with him after his crucial role of their 2-0 victory
In a single Hungary attack there have been 4 shots on goal, with Donnarumma, who La Gazzetta dello Sport labelled ‘Inhuman’ and ‘a phenomenon’, pulling off three saves from Loic Nego, Styles and Adam Szalai.
Asked what was behind his stunning reactions to maintain his clean sheet intact, Donnarumma smiled that the universe was working in his favour.
‘I believe it’s more Mother Nature than anything, although I’m also working in training,’ he told Italian broadcaster RAI.
‘It takes a little bit of all the things. But now I even have to proceed like this, I even have to do it for all of Italy and for individuals who imagine in me.’
Donnarumma credited ‘Mother Nature’ for his razor-sharp reactions as Italy won in Budapest
Italy have managed to channel their disappointment of missing out on qualification for the World Cup in Qatar by winning their Nations League group, due to this fact qualifying for the finals.
Mancini’s side successfully navigated the ‘Group of Death’ – with Hungary a degree behind in second, Germany third and England relegated.
‘We wanted this to bring back a little bit of enthusiasm, even when nothing can heal the open wound that’s missing the World Cup,’ Donnarumma added.
‘It was vital to reboot, for all of Italy and for individuals who believed in us. We began the group well with two victories, now we’ve got reached the finals and we are going to attempt to win the entire thing.’
Italy missed out on the World Cup but they’ve secured their spot within the Nations League finals
An in-form Donnarumma is a big asset to Italy and Mancini and the Azzurri boss believes regular game-time at PSG is the important thing to his goalkeeper’s inspired form in Hungary.
‘Gigio did well, you’ll be able to tell that he’s playing usually at Paris Saint-Germain now and that sense of confidence shows,’ Mancini told reporters.
‘I’m blissful, because I desired to get these two victories over England and Hungary to qualify, and we put in two good performances.’