In a battle of the elite, France will take on Italy in the European Under-19 championship on Friday. The winner at DAC Stadion wil top Group A. Both sides are heading into the tie on the back of convincing wins. Italy got the better of Slovakia 1-0 on Tuesday while France defeated Romania 2-1 in their last outing. The tournament consists of eight teams split into two groups of four. The top two finishers in both groups not only qualify for the semi-finals, but also automatically qualify for the 2023 Under-20 World Cup in Indonesia. Meanwhile the teams which finish third in the groups will play a play-off match and the winner will also earn a spot in the U-20 World Cup finals.
France made a stunning start to their campaign, thrashing hosts Slovakia 5-0 in the tournament opener before defeating Romania two days later. Once Tuesday, the French team once again displayed the strength of their squad to get the better of Romania. Jean-Luc Vannuchi’s side scored two goals inside the opening 20 minutes through Loum Tchaouna and Martin Adeline. Although Romania pulled one back through Adrei Coubis eight minutes from time, it proved to be just a consolation goal.
Italy on the other hand, have also registered two victories in as many games so far, but sit at the second spot in Group A behind their next opponents, separated by goal difference. The Italians need a victory on Friday to top the group. Carmine Nunziata’s side began their campaign with a 2-1 victory against Romania before edging past Slovakia on Tuesday courtesy of Giueseppe Di Bruttopilo’s lone goal in the 33rd minute. These nations have not met since the semi-finals of the 2018 tournament, Italy prevailing 2-0 on the occasion.
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As both teams are already assured of a place in the last-4, the coaches might be tempted to freshen things up and rotate the squad. Vannuchi might bring in Ousmane Camara in the middle of the French back-four. Warren Bondo and Andy Diouf are in contention for a start in the midfield while last game’s goal-scorer Tchaouna might be rested and Salim Ben Seghir would replace him on the left flank. As for Italy, playmaker Cesar Casadei might be rested while Alessandro Fontanarosa could start in the central defence.
France U-19 probable starting lineup: Lo-Tutala; Zoukrou, Toure, Camara, Varela; Bondo, Ba, Diouf; Virginius, Bonny, Ben Seghir.
Italy U-19 probable starting lineup: Desplanches; Mulazzi, Fontanarosa, Coppola, Giovane; Fabbian, Faticanti, Terracciano; Miretti, Volpato; Nasti
The European U-19 championship Group A fixture between France and Italy will take place at DAC Stadion and it will kickoff at 9:00 pm IST on June 24, Friday.
Select matches of the 2022 European U-19 championship will be streamed live in certain territories on UEFA.tv. Highlights of all matches will be available to view as of midnight CET.
|Country||Official broadcast partner|
|France||La chaine LEquipe|