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Italy U-19: Esposito and Riccardi, Italy secure qualification to the Elite Round with a game to spare

As was also the case against in the Azzurrini’s opening match against Malta, both the Inter striker and Roma midfielder got on the scoresheet against Cyprus. Bollini: “A deserved win”

Source:  figc.it Saturday, November 16, 2019

Esposito and Riccardi, Italy secure qualification to the Elite Round with a game to spare

Esposito and Riccardi both got on the scoresheet once again as Alberto Bollini’s Under-19s won their second match in two games during the Qualifying Round to secure their spot in the next phase of the European Championship qualification process (the Elite Round), which will take place in March, with a game to spare. However, the team will still be looking to beat Slovakia in their next fixture (at 15:00 CET on 19 November in Misano Adriatico – free entry) to finish first in the group and be seeded higher for the next phase. The Slovakians currently sit alongside the Azzurrini on the same number of points at the top, with the two teams also sharing a +4 goal difference. Crucially, however, Slovakia have scored one more goal than Bollini’s men.

“I want to compliment the lads,” the Head Coach said after the game. “This is because qualifying after just two games is never a given. Cyprus showed that they’re a good and organised side with good individuals. We did well to take an early lead, but we should have been more clinical in the first 25 minutes in relation to what we displayed out on the pitch. Our opponents were able to cause us problems at certain moments, but overall the victory was deserved.”

In-form Sebastiano Esposito, who has now scored in both of Italy’s Qualifying Round matches, echoed the Head Coach’s words: “We created many goalscoring opportunities. This was especially the case in the first half of the opening period, when we played particularly well. We’re a great group and it’s great to be part of this team.”

THE MATCH. Bollini made three changes to the team that started the opening match against Malta, with Ponsi, Fagioli and Salcedo all coming in. And it took just three minutes for the deadlock to be broken as Esposito won and then scored a penalty to give Italy the lead.

The opening stages very much belonged to Bollini’s boys, who were putting into practice what they’d prepared over the past few days with great effect. In the 13th minute, Ponsi’s long-range strike ended up just wide, while Faglioli fired just over from just inside the area two minutes later. After 22 minutes, Esposito forced Nikolau to make a save at his near post before Juventus midfielder Faglioli failed to really test the goalkeeper just a minute later from outside the box.

Just when it seemed like the Azzurrini were in full control, Cyprus started to step things up and demonstrate all the positive aspects they had displayed against Slovakia despite eventually going on to be defeated. Napoli midfielder Mamas had two good chances for the Cypriots as he fired over the bar on the break in the 28th minute before being denied by a great save by Brancolini, who did extremely well to preserve Italy’s lead after the Azzurrini had given the ball away in their build-up play.

After the restart, Salcedo hit the post after 50 minutes following Colombini’s cross, while Italy were then relieved to see a Cyprus effort come off the woodwork seven minutes later. With 76 minutes on the clock, the Azzurrini once again had Brancolini to thank as he managed to keep out Antoniou’s effort from distance. With Cyprus putting on the pressure, Riccardi got a decisive second: the Roma man produced a fantastic strike from over 25 yards out to give Bollini’s men breathing space. No more goals were scored for the remainder of the match.

Alberto Bollini then finished off his comments by saying the following: “Now, we need to recuperate, both from a mental and physical point of view. On Tuesday, we need to win against Slovakia to finish first in our group. This means we’ll have even more motivation to play our game.”

Italy 2-0 Cyprus

ITALY (4-3-1-2): Brancolini; Ponsi, Gozzi Iweru, Okoli, Colombini; Ricci (89’ Greco), Rovella, Fagioli (64’ Gyabuaa); Riccardi (89’ Cangiano); Salcedo (51’ Piccoli), Esposito. Substitutes: Russo, Pierozzi, Petrelli, Armini, Ntube. Head Coach: Bollini

CYPRUS (4-3-1-2): Nikolau S.; Hadjconstanti, Antoniou, Kyprianou, Andreou; Nikolau T., Mamas, Vrikkis (89’ Vasiliou A.); Orfanidis (70’ Pontikos); Kakoulli, Paroutis. Substitutes Hadjigavriel, Tryfonos, Raspas, Karamanolis, Vasiliou G., Chrystostomou, Stefanou. Head Coach: Damianou

REFEREE: McNabb (NIR). Assistants: Bell (NIR) and Christensen (DAN). Fourth official: Maae (DAN).

GOALS: 3’ Esposito (pen.), 78’ Riccardi

NOTES – Attendance: approx. 750. Bookings: Mamas, Orfanidis. Added time: 0 (first half), 3 (second half).

Squad list:

Goalkeepers: Federico Brancolini (Fiorentina), Alessandro Russo (Sassuolo);

Defenders: Nicolò Armini (Lazio), Lorenzo Colombini (Inter), Paolo Gozzi Iweru (Juventus), Michael Ntube (Inter), Memeh Caleb Okoli (Atalanta), Edoardo Pierozzi (Fiorentina), Fabio Ponsi (Fiorentina);

Midfielders: Nicolò Fagioli (Juventus), Jean Freddi Greco (Torino), Manu Emmanuel Gyabuaa (Atalanta), Federico Marigosu (Cagliari), Alessio Riccardi (Roma), Samuele Ricci (Empoli), Nicolò Rovella (Genoa);

Forwards: Sebastiano Esposito (Inter), Elia Petrelli (Juventus), Roberto Piccoli (Atalanta), Eddie Anthony Salcedo Mora (Hellas Verona).

Staff – Head of delegation: Evaristo Beccalossi; Coordinator: Maurizio Viscidi; Coach: Alberto Bollini; Secretary: Aldo Blessich; Assistant coach: Giovanni Valenti; Athletic coach: Vito Azzone; Goalkeeping coach: Graziano Vinti; Match analyst: Mirko Magistro; Doctors: Luca Labianca and Emanuele Fabrizi; Physiotherapists: Giuseppe Galli and Roberto Cardarelli; Tutors: Giorgio Orlando and Marco Lista.

*Group 6 schedule  and results (all times CET)

Matchday one (13 November)

Cyprus 1-2 Slovakia

ITALY 2-0 Malta

Matchday two (16 November)

Slovakia 3-0 Malta

ITALY 2-0 Cyprus

Matchday three (19 November)

ITALY vs. Slovakia (15:00 – Misano Adriatico)

Malta vs. Cyprus (15:00 – Santarcangelo di Romagna)

*The top two of each group along with the best third-placed side out of all the groups will progress to the final stage.

Azzurrini defeated 4-1 by Portugal in a friendly. On Monday they can get revenge

A first half to forget for Alberto Bollini’s team; who were already trailing by the second minute. The second half was a tighter affair, with Salcedo getting a goal and many other opportunities wasted

Friday, October 11, 2019

Azzurrini defeated 4-1 by Portugal in a friendly. On Monday they can get revenge

The Italy Under 19s were not destined to get their revenge this time as they lost again to a Portugal Under 19s side, who one year ago had defeated them in the final of the European Championship. Back then the match had ended 4-3 in favour of the Portuguese and had been in the balance for all 120 minutes; however yesterday the balance only lasted for a few minutes as the Lusitanians raced into a 4-0 lead in the first half. The Azzurrini pulled one back shortly after the start of the second half, but it ultimately failed to spark a comeback.

After the first 45 minutes which had been one-way traffic ( four goals scored courtesy of a hat-trick from Fabio Silva and a goal from Embalo), during which the Italians had suffered heavily from the wing-play of their opponents, Italy came back out for the second half with a different attitude and quickly reduced the arrears. It was Salcedo who got the goal, scoring from distance, and then both Piccoli and the Captain Riccardi had good opportunities to score, but both failed to convert them.

On Monday the two teams will face each other once again, this time in Mirandela. Italy continue their preparations as they near the first round of qualification for the European Championships, which will take place in Emilia Romagna from 13 to 19 November.

Source: figc.it

 

Italy Under 19: Draw to be held May 30, 2018 in Finland for European Championship finals

Tomorrow at 12:00 local time or 11:00 CEST, the draw for the Under-19 European Championship finals will be held in Vaasa for the competition that runs between 16th and 29th July. Italy qualified after finishing top at the Elite Round stage in Friuli and will learn who the three opponents in the group stage will be tomorrow. The Azzurrini could meet the reigning champions England, home side Finland or one of France, Norway, Portugal, Turkey and Ukraine. Under-19 Coach Paolo Nicolato will be in attendance at the draw.

The top two sides from the two groups will qualify for the semi-finals. The tournament also has five places at the 2019 Under-20 World Cup in Poland at stake. The four semi-finalists and the winner of the playoff between the two third-place sides from the two groups along with the home side will take part in the World Cup between 25th May and 16th June next year.

The eight teams in the European Championship finals: England, Finland, France, ITALY, Norway, Portugal, Turkey and Ukraine

European Championship schedule

Group Stage: 16/17, 19/20, 22/23 July

Semi-finals and FIFA U-20 World Cup play off: 26 July

Final: 29 July

Source:   figc.it

Under 19 National Team: Coach Roberto Baronio has called up 19 Azzurrini players for the Under-19 friendly against France

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Coach Roberto Baronio has called up 19 Azzurrini players for the Under-19 friendly against France at Bologna’s Stadio Renato Dall’Ara in Bologna, Italy at 14:30 CEST. It will be a rematch of the most recent European Championship final which Les Bleus won 4-0.

As reported by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), the match will provide an opportunity to evaluate the squad ahead of the Elite Round in the European Championship which will be played between 22nd and 29th March 2017 in Belgium.

Among the news, this game will also see more experimentation with VAR (Video Assistant Referees) which was tested in online mode for the first time at the Under-19 match with Spain on 18th January in Udine.

Match officials:  Luca Pairetto will be the referee with Giorgio Peretti and Alessandro Lo Cicero his assistants. Micael Fabbri shall be the fourth official with Nicola Rizzoli and Daniele Doveri working as the video assistants.

Pictured is the European Championship final between Italy and France

Squad List

Goalkeepers: Mattia Del Favero (Juventus), Leonardo Marson (Palermo);

Defenders: Andres Llamas Acuna (Milan), Riccardo Marchizza (Roma), Giuseppe Scalera (Fiorentina), Alessandro Tripaldelli (Juventus), Marco Varnier (Cittadella), Alessandro Vogliacco (Juventus);

Midfielders: Claud Adjapong (Sassuolo), Alessandro Bordin (Roma), Davide Frattesi (Roma), Matteo Gabbia (Milan), Giulio Maggiore (Spezia), Nicholas Pierini (Sassuolo), Luca Zanimacchia (Genoa);

Forwards: Patrick Cutrone (Milan), Simone Mazzocchi (Atalanta), Andrea Pinamonti (Inter), Marco Tumminello (Roma).

Staff – Delegation Head: Massimo Paganin; National Youth Coordinator: Maurizio Viscidi; Secretary: Aldo Blessich; Coach Roberto Baronio; Assistant Coach Paolo Nicolato; Goalkeeping Coach: Gian Matteo Mareggini; Fitness Coach: Vincenzo Pincolini; Doctor: Andrea Redler; Physiotherapist: Emiliano Bozzetti.

Photo: figc.it   Archive, Pictured is the European Championship final between Italy and France

Azzurrini to face France in Bologna in final test before European Elite Round

Pictured is the European Championship final between Italy and France Squad List Goalkeepers: Mattia Del Favero (Juventus), Leonardo Marson (Palermo);
Defenders: Andres Llamas Acuna (Milan), Riccardo Marchizza (Roma), Giuseppe Scalera (Fiorentina), Alessandro Tripaldelli (Juventus), Marco Varnier (Cittadella), Alessandro Vogliacco (Juventus);
Midfielders: Claud Adjapong (Sassuolo), Alessandro Bordin (Roma), Davide Frattesi (Roma), Matteo Gabbia (Milan), Giulio Maggiore (Spezia), Nicholas Pierini (Sassuolo), Luca Zanimacchia (Genoa);
Forwards: Patrick Cutrone (Milan), Simone Mazzocchi (Atalanta), Andrea Pinamonti (Inter), Marco Tumminello (Roma).
 
Staff – Delegation Head: Massimo Paganin; National Youth Coordinator: Maurizio Viscidi; Secretary: Aldo Blessich; Coach Roberto Baronio; Assistant Coach Paolo Nicolato; Goalkeeping Coach: Gian Matteo Mareggini; Fitness Coach: Vincenzo Pincolini; Doctor: Andrea Redler; Physiotherapist: Emiliano Bozzetti. ]]>