Giuseppe Rossi with a chip shot with his right foot over the challenging Nigerian keeper thanks to a wonderful pass from Balotelli
The Fiorentina striker sidestepped comparisons of Baggio and Zola: ” There are still ways to go. The road is still long for me.”
He was the player most anticipated and he did not disappoint. Giuseppe Rossi showed a good performance against Nigeria and finally found the net, his last national team goal coming 899 days ago.
Rossi, Nicknamed ‘ Pepito ‘, interviewed by Rai admitted: “I’m happy for the goal but especially for the performance of the team. We played well and created a lot, too bad for those two goals against us when it looked like we had the better of the game.”
Rossi’s goal was celebrated with all his teammates after he scored: “Lots of love by my peers, this is a great group, we are all friends off the field and we are committed to honor the jersey. To me the performance of the squad is more important then the goal.”
Rossi and Balotelli have been called the striker duo tandem of the future: “It ‘s nice to hear these things but there are so many great players in Italy who can play in attack. The important thing is to always give 100%. We are opposites, like the devil and the holy water, but, We are good guys and we love playing together. We did not say much to each other today, the time spent was little but I think we did well, he will soon return to the score sheet. ”
The Fiorentina striker is back and in great condition after a long time away: “I never gave up, I still have goals to achieve and I’ll make it with hard work. I like Baggio and Zola but the road ahead is still a long one. ”
Finally, a mention of the Italian football game in Serie A: ” Its not dead, there are four or five teams that are very important. In regards to the empty stadiums? That’s true, we would like to see more families at the games.”