Three wins from three, Italy U19 top their groupDespite going a man down in the first half, Nunziata’s boys beat hosts Slovenia by three goals to one
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Make it three wins from three games in the qualifying round. Italy U19 are through after winning every group game.
Against hosts Slovenia, Nunziata’s boys ran out 3-1 winners in Gornja Radgona. They took the lead in the seventh minute thanks to a Zajsek own goal and doubled their advantage twelve minutes later through Fabbian. Casadei was sent off ten minutes from half time but, despite being a man down, Gnonto added a third for Italy after the break (56’). Bunic did grab a late consolation goal for the hosts (84’) and it ended 3-1.
The Azzurrini are through to the Elite Round in spring, with a place in the finals in Slovakia up for grabs.
Group 12, results and standings
Wednesday 6 October
ITALY 2-0 Lithuania
Iceland 3-1 Slovenia
Saturday 9 October
ITALY 3-0 Iceland
Slovenia 1-1 Lithuania
Tuesday 12 October
Slovenia 1-3 ITALY
Lithuania 1-2 Iceland
Standings: Italy* 9 punti, Iceland* 6, Lithuania and Slovenia 1
*Through to the Élite Round