U-21: Ireland and Italy win the European Football Championship

A draw in Italy U-21 was enough to cement the first place in Group F and travel to the 2023 European Championship. But against Ireland, in Ascoli, the Azzurri were not satisfied: a 4-1 win with absolute merit. Direct qualification is a “great relief” for coach Paolo Nicolato, who, between now and next June, wished them to “play” for their clubs “because they deserve it”. The two scored from Nicolo in the first half: Rovilla on a penalty at 20′ (a blatant interference by MgGuiness against Okoli), Campiaghi at 35′ with a big right on the edge of the post from outside the area, thanks to the somewhat dull reaction of goalkeeper Brian Maher. . His first position is at U21. After a 38″ redeeming goal by Pietro Pellegri, from close range, he still exploited the number one hesitation. One of the few blue deflections (a foul by Viti on Smallbone) allowed Ireland to fall short, again from a penalty, with Coventry removing Blizzari. In 5′ from the end Quagliata re-set the distance.’No reckoning’ Nicolato had promised his word.

Benefiting from superior technical mastery, Azurini’s number one advantage was giving the Irish very rare counterattacks, that quick counterattack that the coach referred to last night as their most dangerous weapon. The boys, led by James Crawford, had a certain physical advantage, but with a score of 35 from Del Duca, the long-term excess weight became an obstacle. Even on inactive balls, the greens showed little and, having collected the third goal, went even further. The goal didn’t even revive them, but Nicolato – sensing the dangers of his team’s concentration dropping – began to motivate them even more aggressively. The Azzurri did not allow anything else, and the team and coaching staff ended up singing the Mameli anthem in the midfield. Italy flies to Romania and Georgia, and Ireland will face the playoffs.

Nicolato: “I now wish my children to play in clubs”
To achieve direct access to the next European Under-21 Championship is a “great satisfaction”. Paolo Nicolato, on Rai 2, explained the feelings right after the final whistle with a 4-1 win over Ireland, which went up to Italy. Joy “Especially for the result achieved by taking on a difficult but motivating path – added the coach – credit goes to all 49 players called up in recent months. It’s a really important result.” Nicolato said: “I always believed in the team, no matter who played and the result. We had a little bad luck, but we were stronger than that too – said Nicolato – what do I wish for the players in one year? In their respective clubs, editor) because the situation Athletic will have its weight, but above all because they deserve it.”

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