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Futsal Under 17s. Italy face two crucial Olympic qualifiers

The Women’s U17 Futsal National team won 4-1 against Ukraine in their second Youth Olympics qualifier in Portugal. In their quest to qualify for Buenos Aires 2018, the Azzurrine will face the hosts tomorrow. The game will determine the winner of the qualifying tournament too.

Their male counterparts, however, had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Czech Republic. Italy took the lead through Filipponi, conceded one in the second half and couldn’t capitalise on several chances. “It was a strange game,” said Azzurrini head coach Carmine Tarantino. “We played well against a physical side, who defended most of the time. We had very little room to create something, which is actually quite unusual in our sport. Their attitude kept them in the game though and they managed to score the equaliser as well. I am frustrated because we didn’t take our chances and in the end we almost lost the game, which would have been a joke.”

Italy will face Slovenia tomorrow, with one eye on the Czech Republic’s result: “They face Romania, who are already out of the tournament and have been struggling. We have a better goal difference and we play after them, so we will know their result. I am confident we can do it.”

Under-17 - Schedule, results and table

Wednesday 1st November 
Slovenia 1-5 Czech Republic
Italy 6-1 Romania

Thursday 2nd November 
Czech Republic 1-1 Italy
Slovenia 7-4 Romania

Table: Italy and Czech Republic 4 points, Slovenia 3, Romania 0

Saturday 4th November 
14:00 CET - Romania vs. Czech Republic
16:00 CET – Italy vs. Slovenia (Sport Hall Podcetrtek)

Women’s Under-17 - Schedule, results and table

Wednesday 1st November
Portugal 13-1 Ukraine
Italy 2-0 Azerbaijan

Thursday 2nd November
Ukraine 1-4 Italy
Portugal 10-0 Azerbaijan 10-0

Table: Portugal and Italy 6 points, Azerbaijan and Ukraine 0

Saturday 4th November 
10:00 CET – Azerbaijan vs. Ukraine
12:15 CET – Italy vs. Portugal