U21 European Championships, Italy qualified thanks to poker against Ireland

Nicolato’s blues win 4-1 with goals from Rovella, Cambiaghi, Pellegri and Quagliata

The Italy Under 21 conquers the access to the final phase of the European Championships overcoming Ireland, at the “Del Duca” stadium in Ascoli Piceno, clearly 4-1 thanks to goals from Rovella, Cambiaghi, Pellegri and Quagliata. After the 1-1 away match against Sweden, Nicolato’s team closes their path at the head of Group F qualifying for the European Championships in Romania and Georgia 2023, unbeaten in the group with seven wins and three draws, while Ireland go in the playoffs between the latter.

The coach Nicolato for the challenge with the Irish changes only one man compared to the trip to Sweden and goes from 3-5-2 to 4-4-2. The novelty is in defense where Viti will play in place of Lovato who left the retirement of the national team after the injury in the last match. In attack confirmed Pellegri and Cambiaghi, while Ireland will take sides in the mirror. Coach Crawford chose Evan Ferguson alongside Kerrigan in attack.

Italy starts well and at 1 ‘Pellegri steals the ball from Cashin and kicks from a tight angle but Maher rejects. At 3 ‘still dangerous Italy: quick overturning from a corner kick in favor of Ireland, Cambiaghi leads the counterattack and kicks from the edge of the area but the ball ends up on the side. Control of the game leads to the blue advantage in the 20 ‘: the aurro Okoli is landed in the area by McGuinness on a corner action. It is a penalty and Rovella makes no mistake from the spot, displaces the Irish goalkeeper Maher and signs the 1-0.

Ireland fails to react, the Azzurri continue to sink and in the 35th minute they double. Change with a shot from the edge signs his first goal in the Under 21 for the 2-0. The same attacker owned by Atalanta tries again in the 45th minute with a left-handed shot from the edge but Maher lifts the ball over the crossbar.

At the beginning of the second half, Italy only takes 38 seconds to score the third goal: Okoli’s deep throw, McGuinness tries to accompany the ball towards his goalkeeper, but Cambiaghi dirty the hope for Pellegri who bags with a winning tap-in of 3 -0. At 56 ‘Cambiaghi is still the protagonist but the left to cross is rejected by Maher. At 6 ‘still dangerous Italy: on a corner kick there is the empty exit of the Irish goalkeeper Maher and the ball ends on the head of Viti who, with the goal unguarded, does not frame the mirror.

At the first mistake of the blue rearguard Ireland passes: foul by Viti who lands Smallbone in the area, Coventry makes no mistake from the spot and Ireland shortens the distance 3-1. Nicolato’s team, however, does not lower the pace and in the 85th minute the poker drops: Ricci serves in the Quagliata area who has just entered who makes no mistake and signs the final 4-1. For the Palermitan owned by Heracles in the Netherlands it is the first goal in blue. All the members of the blue rose and the staff close the match gathered in midfield singing the anthem of Mameli.