FROSINONE – 83 days from the match against Spain, which will open the European Under-21 Championship hosted by Italy, lights and shadows for the Azzurrini during the friendly match against Croatia. In front of the 6,000 spectators at the Benito Stirpe stadium in Frosinone, the Azzurrini played a great first half, closed on the double advantage with the bastions' markings, with a perfect header, and Locatelli, able to bagging under measure after a nice maneuver of 'Italy.
Under 21, a great first half is not enough for Italy against Croatia
In the second half, Italy has wasted the good things done in the first half and has recovered from Croatia due to two incredible defensive lapses. Certainly it is not the team that will face the next European category because it will get back from the National "A" top-level stars like Donnarumma, Zaniolo and Kean, but certainly certain defensive lapses are not allowed in a short and knockout tournament.
After having wasted two good scoring chances with Cutrone and Dimarco, the Italian national team took the lead at 22 minutes with Bastoni. The Parma defender scored ahead of Dimarco's cross. Alessandro Bastoni scored with an impressive elevation. This goal stunned the Croats and charged the blues.
Thus, four minutes later, at 26 ', Manuel Locatelli dressed as the race bomber, picked up a loose ball and beat the Croatian goalkeeper with a turn as sudden as it was unstoppable. At 59 ', Halilovic exploits the inattention of the Italian defense to shorten the distances and bring Croatia back into the race. At 74 ', Cutrone touches the third goal. His powerful conclusion is deflected in the corner by the Croatian defender. At 78 ', Croatia equalized the match with Kalaica. The Croatian footballer is forgotten in the penalty area and stuffed in two steps.
At 79 ', Adjapong was dubiously stopped in the Croatian area but the referee did not assign the penalty to the Italians. At 80 ', Cutrone is caught in the area but he misses the head by two steps, making the coach Gigi Di Biagio desperate. Nothing happened and Italy drew against Croatia with a great first half and a subdued recovery.
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