Italy-Ireland U21 4-1: Nicolato flies to the 2023 European Championships

ASCOLI PICENO – Mission accomplished for Italy Under 21 of Paolo Nicolato, who at the Del Duca di Ascoli beat Ireland 4-1 and took the pass for next year’s European Championship in Georgia and Romania (9 June-2 July 2023), finishing in first place the group F of the qualifiers, a + 5 precisely on the Irish, who will thus try to reach the finish line in the September playoffs. An equal for the azzurrini was enough, but they took the field without calculating and won the victory thanks to goals scored in the first half by Rovella (from a penalty) and by Cambiaghi, then in the second half by Pellegri and Quagliata.

Italy-Under 21 4-1: statistics and match report

The choices of the two coaches

With Carnesecchi in the pits due to injury, as in the drawn match in Sweden there is still Plizzari to defend the blue door in 3-5-2 chosen by Nicolato, who confirmation the module and the training on the field a Helsingborg. In front of the goalkeeper, Okoli and Viti flank Pirola with Cambiaso and Parisi external, while in median I’m the Juventus player Rovella (returning from Genoa) and the Roma player Bove (again preferred to the other bianconero Miretti) to act alongside the Torino player and captain Samuele Ricciwith Cambiaghi as shoulder to Pellegri in attack. It is a 4-4-2 instead the one with which they line up Irish trained by the American James Crawfordwho hands over the keys of the midfield to the captain Coventry and in front he relies on the couple formed by Kerrigan and Ferguson.

Rovella on a penalty and then Cambiaghi

Immediately aggressive Italy, with Pellegri that after less than a minute test your reflexes by the goalkeeper Maher, good at saving his foot while at 3 ‘Cambiaghi does not frame the mirror. Pushed by the fans, the Azzurrini listen they insist but at 16 ‘Parisi does not arrive with his head on a cross from the right of Cambiaso that a minute later misses in turn the impact on the cross of Change, this time from the left. Then he thinks about giving a hand to Nicolato’s team McGuinneswhich on the developments of a corner naively restrains Okoli landing him in the area: for the referee it is rigor (with yellow for Irish) e Rovellaalready on target in Sweden, has been repeated since diskette displacing the extreme defense and guest. Italy he has no intention of being satisfied but Pellegri, thrown deep, kicks slightly to the side with the right (23 ‘) while on the other front Parisi is good at anticipating a Smallbone ready to strike in the blue area (28 ‘), with Bagan who then kicks into the curve from distance shortly after half an hour (31 ‘). Too little to scare the Italians that at 35 ‘double with Change: precise the right from the edge of the attacker Atalantino (fresh from the loan at Pordenone), who makes 2-0 thus celebrating his first goal with the Under 21 shirt (35 ‘). A conclusion from Bove ‘distancewalled up‘(41’) and a left around the wild Cambiaghi deflected for a corner by the away goalkeeper are the last emotions of the first half, which ends after two minutes of recovery.

Three of a kind by Pellegri, four by Quagliata

Upon returning from the locker rooms, with the same eleven who started the match, the azzurrini immediately found the trio thanks to Pellegri: the Monaco-owned striker scores from a few paces after just 38 seconds, taking advantage of a mess of the Irish goalkeeper Maher, who does not hold the ball. At 56 ‘Cambiaghi tries with a violent shot, which this time does not surprise Maher. Then, four minutes later, Viti lands Smallbone in the area and the Hungarian referee Bogar awards the penalty: Coventry, captain of Ireland, makes no mistake from the spot, displacing Plizzari. Italy does not get anxious, continuing to control the game. At 86 ‘the fourth goal, scored by the new entrant, also matures Quagliata, which beats Maher with a low shot right. There are no more surprises: Italy Under 21 beats Ireland 4-1 and flies directly to the 2023 European Championships.

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