After the defeat on Friday with Sweden, Italy Under-21 international, plays well against Portugal but does not go beyond the 0-0, in the second match of the European Championship in Czech Republic. Now the qualification is complicated . With England, in the last group game, the victory will be mandatory.
Di Biagio, compared to the first match, changes the whole median with Cataldi for the suspended Sturaro and Benassi and Crisetig preferred to Viviani and Baselli: after just a few seconds away from Benassi calls Jose Sa, who will prove to be the best in the field. The goalkeeper repeats itself on Belotti in a start exciting Italy driven by the quality of Berardi. The Portuguese show themselves only when the Azzurri slow down. At the City Stadium in Uherske Hradiste Italy shows off a much better test of onset but is not successful, in fact the scoring chances were many, the most exiting after the restart was when Belotti hits the bar with a header from a cross shot by Biraghi from the left.
In the last part of the match the Azzurrini are tired and the last opportunities are from the team of Portugal: Carlos Mané does fear and Bardi just one minute from 45′ saves with his legs on Iuri Medeiros; The match ended with the result of 0-0. Now in Group B in the first place is Portugal with 4 points, followed by England and Sweden 3, with the British victorious yesterday on candinavian 1-0, goals from Lingard 85 ‘, and finally with just at 1 point the Azzurri. The next meeting will be on June 24 when it will play England-Italy and Portugal-Sweden. “We had to win, but we did not succeed. The team had the right approach and mentality. I can not blame anything to the guys: we play to the end – said the coach – The boys responded positively, it is not easy in these competitions in which you play every three days. Unfortunately we are still at 1 point, we have another important match in these coming days. We have to think about winning, if we do not win it’s an hard going. We have no choice”.
Translation provided by Pietro Ferreri