A draw at the Italy Under 21 was enough to consolidate the first place in group F and fly to the 2023 European Championship. But against Ireland, in Ascoli, the Azzurri were not satisfied: a 4-1 victory with absolute merit. The direct qualification is “an immense satisfaction” for the coach Paolo Nicolato who, between now and next June, wished them to “play” in their respective clubs “because they deserve it”. The two Nicolò scored in the first half: Rovella on a penalty in the 20 ‘(blatant tackle by MgGuiness against Okoli), Cambiaghi in the 35’ with a great right to the edge of the post from outside the area, thanks to the somewhat dull reflex of the goalkeeper Brian Maher. First center for him in U.21. After 38 “of the recovery goal by Pietro Pellegri, from close range, still exploiting an indecision of the number one. One of the few blue distractions (foul by Viti on Smallbone) allowed Ireland to shorten, again from the spot, with Coventry who He displaced Plizzari. At 5 ‘from the end Quagliata, however, reestablished the distance. “No calculation” Nicolato had promised. He was taken at his word and repaid with the best performance of the June triptych.

Benefiting from a superior technical mastery, the first merit of the Azzurrini was that of granting the Irish only very rare counterattacks, that fast counterattack that the coach on the eve had indicated as their most dangerous weapon. The boys led by James Crawford did have a certain physical superiority, but with the 35 degrees of the ‘Del Duca’ the extra pounds in the long run became an obstacle. Even on the inactive balls the greens showed little and, after having collected the third goal, they went further off. Not even the goal has revitalized them, but Nicolato – sensing the risks of a drop in concentration of his – has started to spur them with even greater vehemence. The Azzurri did not allow anything else, it ended with the team and the technical staff singing the anthem of Mameli in the midfield circle. Italy flies to Romania and Georgia, Ireland will face the playoffs.

Having achieved direct access to the next Under 21 European Championships is an “immense satisfaction”. Paolo Nicolato, on Rai 2, explained the feelings immediately after the final whistle of the 4-1 victory over Ireland, which promoted Italy. Joy “especially for a result achieved by facing a difficult but stimulating path – added the coach – The credit goes to all 49 players called up in recent months. It is a truly important result”. “I have always had faith in the team, regardless of who played and the result. We had a bit of bad luck, but we were stronger than that too – said Nicolato – What do I wish for the boys in one year? play (in their respective clubs, ed) because the athletic condition will have its weight, but above all because they deserve it “.