BOLOGNA – European Under-21 Championship , Italy-Spain 3-1, goals: Dani Ceballos at 8 ', Federico Chiesa at 35' and 63 'and Lorenzo Pellegrini on penalty at 81'.
Debut debut for the National Under 21 team of Europeans just started in Italy. The azzurrini were immediately expected by a very complicated commitment against Spain. According to the experts, it was an early final because Euro 2019 has a formula that does not allow false steps.
She is sure of the shift, only the first place in the group. The first three teams of the three groups enter the semi-finals plus the best second among the three groups. In short, it was necessary to win and the Azzurrini succeeded thanks to the cheering of an almost exhausted Dall'Ara stadium in Bologna.
Spain took the lead after just eight minutes of play with a Ceballos Eurogol but Italy managed to win in comeback thanks to an extraordinary Federico Chiesa and to the changes made by the coach Di Biagio. The purple striker drew the score at 35 'with an absolute star. After passing Martin in speed, he scored with a left-wing cross shot from an almost impossible position.
After the draw, Di Biagio had to do without a switched off Zaniolo because the baby phenomenon of Rome had suffered a blow to the head by the opposing goalkeeper a few minutes before. In its place, an inspired Orsolini came into play. Another successful change was Cutrone's instead of Kean. The Juventus striker came out shaking his head in a sign of disappointment but the substitution was a blessing because the Milan striker was decisive three minutes later in the action that led to the Church's 2-1.
At 80 ', with Spain biased forward in search of a draw, Pellegrini earned and turned a penalty awarded by var for a net withholding of Soler against him. Thanks to this victory, the azzurrini take themselves to the top of the group. Italy has three points like Poland but it is first because it has a better goal difference (our under 21 won 3-1 while Poland won 3-2 against Belgium).
Our national team is back on the field next Wednesday against Poland. In case of success, he could celebrate the qualification to the next round with an advance round.
Italy-Spain 3-1, Church double and Pellegrini's goal: the match report.
Start the European home for the blues. The challenge against Spain is considered by insiders to be an early final for the value of the two teams. Di Biagio's team is already forced to victory after the 3 to 2 success of Poland over Belgium in the other group match. The first of each group qualifies for the knockout phase plus the best second among the three elimination rounds.
The Azzurri are full of players lent by the National A: Mancini in defense, Barella and Pellegrini in midfield, Zaniolo, Kean and Chiesa in attack. Spain freezes the Bologna audience and takes the lead at the first lunge with Dani Ceballos.
The Real Madrid midfielder beats Meret with a right- footed shot from outside the penalty area that ended his run under the pole crossing. In this circumstance, Barella did not mark it as tightly as it should have. At 21 ', Spain almost doubled with Soler. The Spanish footballer dribbled past Barella and kicked it safely but Mancini deflected the ball in the corner with his head.
Draw of the Italian national team at 35 '. Chiesa controlled a difficult ball on Barella's throw. He departed in the distance, on the center-left, passed Martin in speed and started a cross-shot from an extremely angular position that surprised the Spanish goalkeeper by blowing up the joy of the fans in Bologna.
At 41 ', Nicolò Zaniolo came out of injury after receiving a shot from the Spanish goalkeeper Unai Simon. In its place, the idol of the Orsolini family came into play. The first half ended on a one-to-one score.
At 46 ', Chiesa almost missed the double with a right-footed low shot that was deflected in a corner by Unai Simon. At 60 ', Di Biagio removed Moise Kean to insert Cutrone in the field. The Juventus striker left the field shaking his head in disappointment at the change he had just received.
Italy completes the comeback to 63 ′, taking the two to one. Cutrone controls a difficult ball in the penalty area of Spain back to the goal. After a game contact between Cutrone and an opponent, the ball reaches Church, which has no difficulty in scoring from close range.
Italy ended the match on 81 '. Lorenzo Pellegrini has earned and has coldly transformed a penalty kick awarded by var for a foul by Soler against him. The retention was net. It's over, Italy has started its European with a prestigious and important victory over Spain.
Italy-Spain. The official formations of the blue debut at the European category championship.
ITALY (4-3-3): Meret; Calabresi, Mancini, Bonifazi, Dimarco; Barella, Mandragora, Pellegrini; Zaniolo, Kean, Church. Ct. Di Biagio.
SPAIN (4-1-4-1): Unai Simon; Martin Aguirregabiria, Vallejo, Jorge Meré, Aaron Martin; Zubeldia; Soler, Ceballos, Fabian Ruiz, Oyarzabal; Mayoral. Ct. De La Fuente.
REFEREE: Gozubuyuk (Ola).
Source: Blitz Quotidiano