Sweden-Italy U21 1-1: draws and regrets, but the European Championship is closer

HELSINBORG (SWEDEN) – An equal comeback with some regret for Italy Under 21, which on the penultimate day of Group F qualifying for theEuropean 2023 makes 1-1 in Sweden. Below at the start, the blue from Nicolato they react to difficulties and return to the surface in the second half with a penalty won by Parisi and transformed by Rovella, then repeatedly touching the network of success that would have guaranteed the pass for the continental review with one turn in advance. The point scored in Helsinborg, on the other hand, is sufficient only for secure second place and therefore the security of disputing at least i playoffs in September, but it is still an important step towards a goal that can materialize in the last match againstIreland in Ascoli (Tuesday 14 June), where a draw will be enough to finish at the top e remove the pass.

Sweden-Italy U21 1-1: statistics and match report

Nicolato launches the three-man defense

Nicolato ranks Plizzari between the posts in place of the injured party Carnesecchi and confirms the expected tactical novelty of the three-man defensetried in recent workouts to create the numerical superiority on the wings (Cambiaso on one side and Parisi on the other), while in the direction with the captain’s armband there is the Torinist Samuele Ricci back from the days spent with the Mancini national team flanked by Romanist Bove and Juventus Rovella (last season on loan to Genoa), with the other black and white Miretti initially on the bench like the Neapolitan Geatano (and his clubmate Zanoli). In defense instead recover Okolideployed to the right of Lovato in a rear guard completed by Pirola, while in front there is Change to partner with Pellegri. On the other compact front 4-4-2 for Sweden by Petterson who in the median relies on Hussein alongside Gustafsson and in the front focuses on tandem composed by Sarr and Al Hajj.

Lovato ko, ahead of Sweden

Maybe because of the waste from the first leg match, equalized in extremis by the Swedes with the blues then accused by the rivals of racism towards Elanga (case closed after the UEFA investigation), the game is hard right away and Lovato pays for it, who after a minute remains on the ground after a fight and comes rescue from medical staff of the national team. Follow the Sparks between Pellegri and Vagic, who is then booked in the 5 ‘for a foul on Bove (the free kick Rovella hits the barrier), and the advantage of Sweden who go to the first chance: from an error of the shaken Lovato comes a corner that leads to confusion in the blue area, where Okoli rejects with a short head on the feet of Gustafsson who thanks and scores 1-0 with Parisi’s accomplice deviation (9 ‘). The Empoli full-back then tries to be ‘forgiven’ by sinking to the left and serving Rovella, whose conclusion is still blocked (12 ‘) while shortly after Gustafsson tries in vain to double by kicking on the fly from the edge. Meanwhile, Lovato can’t make it and gives way to Viti (20 ‘) and Sweden becomes dangerous again with a shot from Walemark deflected for a corner. Italy takes a hit and comes out to the distanceprotest in vain for a touch with the arm in the area by Gustafsson and the following corner almost equal with Pirola, on whose header the goalkeeper Brolin is overtaken (35 ‘). Two minutes later Plizzari is decisive, who of foot saves on Al Hajj after an uncertainty by Pirola, while before the break the ball hit by Pellegri’s head bounces on top of the Swedish cross.

Equal blue from the spot

You go to rest with the Sweden ahead of a goal and on returning from the locker rooms there is no news, with Italy immediately trying to attack with Parisi whose aim, however, is to be reviewed (51 ‘). The blue exterior, however, does not skin and keep pushing until Holm knocks him out in the box: for the Belgian referee Verboomen it is a penalty e from the Rovella disk makes no mistake by signing the 1-1. The hosts seem to go haywire with Holm getting the yellow he came from instead sensationally pardoned at 60 ‘Osou after a bad foul on Rovella, while Pirola is cautioned who stops a dangerous Swedish restart. Bardghji in place of Al Hajj (66 ‘) is the first move of Petterson, but the inertia of the match is now on the side of the Azzurri who press e they send to the shooting Cambiaghi, whose conclusion is rejected, however, by Holm (70 ‘). Abraham also enters Sweden (outside Walemark) while Nicolato chooses Sebastiano Esposito in place of a tired Pellegri (75 ‘), but it is still Parisi a lightly touch the mirror (76 ‘) while it is Brolin who then blocks the road to Cambiaghi (78’). Italy insists and is still the Swedish goalkeeper a take the stage parrying the crossed low shot of the newly entered Esposito. From 85 ‘ there is also room for Gaetano (in for Bove) and he is the Napoli midfielder (fresh from promotion to A with Cremonese) to kick on Brolin in tap-in after yet another intervention by the goalkeeper on Cambiaghi, with Sweden who in the final remain in ten to Holm’s expulsion after a kick in Rovella. He ends with Italy in forcing but Brolin is unsurpassed and in the recovery he is still present on Parisi (91 ‘) and Esposito (92’ and 94 ‘), armoring a peer which is not enough for his Sweden to avoid elimination and not yet for the Azzurri to take a European that is now however closer.

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