Roberto Mancini’s class on display again as puzzling substitution during Italy vs Wales is explained

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An explanation has emerged as to why Roberto Mancini brought Salvatore Sirigu on as a substitute for the final few minutes of Italy vs Wales.

Sirigu, a veteran Italian goalkeeper, was a surprise late substitute during the Italians’ 1-0 triumph over the Welsh, replacing Gianluigi Donnarumma between the sticks for the final few minutes plus injury time.

The Torino goalkeeper didn’t even have a touch of the ball, but he won’t have minded, he made an appearance at a major international tournament for his country – a huge achievement.

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Salvatore Sirigu replaces Gianluigi Donnarumma in goal for Italy

Sirigu has had to watch from the sidelines in an era in which Gianluigi Buffon has reigned supreme. With Donnarumma now having emerged, he looks destined to forever be Italy’s deputy.

But, for several minutes of action, he was their main man between the sticks, and Mancini recognises just how much that will mean to Sirigu, both now and when he reflects on his career in the future.

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