Monday October 15 2018
Azzurrini ease past Tunisia

Italy’s Under-21s emerged victorious in the friendly with Tunisa, thanks to first half goals from Vittorio Paragini and Moise Kean.

Luigi Di Biagio’s side are warming up for the Under-21 European Championship, in which they will compete as hosts, and took on the North African side in Vicenza tonight.

The Azzurrini were on top from the start, and took the lead just after the half hour mark.

Davide Calabria dribbled down the right flank and sent a cross into the Tunisian box.

Fares Meskini completely lost Vittorio Parigini at the far post, and the Torino man had the simple task of heading the ball into the corner.

With half-time approaching, Nassim Hnid fouled Alessandro Bastoni in the aftermath of a corner and conceded a penalty.

The visitors were incensed, with Ghaith Yeferni booked for his protests, but Kean stepped up to convert.

The goal made him the first player born after January 1 2000 to score for the Azzurrini.

The second half saw a raft of substitutions and a drop in intensity, with Abdelkader Oueslati having Tunisia’s only real chance after a mix-up in the Italian defence.

Atalanta’s Luca Vido came on for Orsolini, but lasted just eight minutes before picking up an injury and being replaced by Andrea Favilli.

Italy Under-21s 2-0 Tunisa Under-21s

Paragini 34 (I) Kean 39 (I)

Italy Under-21s: Audero; Calabria (Marchizza, 86), Romagna, Bastoni (Calabresi, 81), Pellegrini (Adjapong, 60); Locatelli (Pessina, 81), Mandragora, Zaniolo (Murgia, 61); Orsolini (Vido, 61; Favilli, 69), Kean (Bonazzoli, 61), Parigini

Tunisia Under-21s: Yeferni; Hnid, Khmiri (Omar, 92), Rekik (Sallami, 79); Fadaa, Zemzemi (Ali, 87), Ben M’Cherek (Aziz, 62), Oueslati, El Mizouni (Zied, 79); Meskini; Jaziri

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