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Saturday June 15 2019
U20 World Cup: Analysing Italy

After their fourth-place finish in the Under-20 World Cup, Justin Sousa analysed Italy’s tactical approach and key men.

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Thursday June 13 2019
Nicolato: 'Earn U20 World Cup podium'

Coach Paolo Nicolato urges Italy to “earn our place on the podium” of the U20 World Cup in the third-place final with Ecuador.

The Azzurrini lost the semi-final to Ukraine after seeing a stoppage-time equaliser controversially disallowed.

“We are coming off a very intense match that took a lot out of us, both physically and emotionally,” Nicolato told Sky Sport Italia.

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Friday June 7 2019
U20 World Cup: Italy reach semi-finals

Andrea Pinamonti bagged a brace, but 10-man Mali put up a huge fight in a 4-2 thriller, with Alessandro Plizzari saving another penalty, as Italy will face Ukraine in the U20 World Cup semi-final.

The Azzurrini are unbeaten so far in the competition, winning four out of five games, while Mali eliminated Argentina on penalties after a 2-2 battle in extra time.

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Tuesday June 4 2019
U20 World Cup: Italy will face Mali

Italy will play Mali in the Under-20 World Cup quarter-finals, as the Africans caused an upset by eliminating Argentina on penalties.

The Azzurrini secured their spot with Sunday’s 1-0 win over hosts Poland, meaning they have won three of their games so far in the tournament and drawn with Japan.

They will face Mali in the quarter-final on Friday June 7.

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Sunday June 2 2019
U20 World Cup: Italy push past Poland

Andrea Pinamonti’s cheeky Panenka penalty and more Alessandro Plizzari heroics proved enough for Italy to beat hosts Poland and reach the U20 World Cup quarter-finals.

The Azzurrini topped their group with wins over Mexico and Ecuador, then rotated the squad for their 0-0 draw with Japan. They will face either Argentina or Mali in the quarter-final on June 7.

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Sunday June 2 2019
Plizzari: 'Why I became a 'keeper'

Italy play hosts Poland in the U20 World Cup today and Milan goalkeeper Alessandro Plizzari explains how he became a shot-stopper.

The Azzurrini won their group with victories over Mexico and Ecuador, while they drew 0-0 with Japan.

Their Round of 16 tie with Poland kicks off in Gydnia at 16.30 UK time (15.30 GMT).

Plizzari will start in goal and the 19-year-old already made a big impression by saving a penalty against Ecuador, but revealed it wasn’t always so easy.

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Wednesday May 29 2019
U20 World Cup: Another Italy penalty save

Italy won their Under-20 World Cup group after a 0-0 draw with Japan, thanks to Marco Carnesecchi saving a penalty.

The Azzurrini had already qualified after winning their first two games against Mexico and Ecuador, but a point would ensure top spot in the group, so there was massive squad rotation to rest booked players.

It was a chaotic game, as Japan almost conceded a comical own goal, the ‘keeper sprinting back to hoof it off his line, but 10 seconds later they won a penalty for a clumsy Alessandro Buongiorno tackle on Tagawa.

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Sunday May 26 2019
U-20 World Cup: Italy sail through

Italy made it two wins in a row in the U-20 World Cup by beating ten-man Ecuador 1-0, but had goalkeeper Alessandro Plizzarri to thank for ensuring their victory.

The Azzurrini beat Mexico 2-1 in their opening game and took the lead in this one in the 15th minute when Luca Pellegrini’s deep cross was headed down by Gianluca Scamacca and found Andrea Pinamonti who volleyed into the back of the net.

The South Americans were reduced to 10 men five minutes before the break when Jackson Porozo was sent off with the help of VAR for a high tackle.

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Thursday May 23 2019
U20 WC: Italy make winning start

Italy made a winning start to their U-20 World Cup campaign in Poland as they beat Mexico 2-1 on Thursday.

Italy lined up with several familar faces, including Milan goalkeeper Alessandro Plizzari, Roma left-back Luca Pellegrini and Inter striker Andrea Pinamonti.

They took the lead in just the third minute through Roma midfielder Davide Frattesi after some good work from Sassuolo’s Gianluca Scamacca.

The Azzurrini were in control until Mexico equalised towards the end of the first half, Roberto de la Rosa heading home a set-piece.

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Tuesday May 14 2019
Italy name U-20 World Cup squad

Italy have named their squad for the U-20 World Cup, which includes Milan goalkeeper Alessandro Plizzari and Roma’s Luca Pellegrini.

Plizzari keeps his place from the last U-20 World Cup two years ago, when Italy finished third with the likes of Nicolo Barella, Rolando Mandragora and tournament top scorer Riccardo Orsolini.

Pellegrini, meanwhile, has spent the second half of this season on loan at Cagliari and is considered the Azzurri’s left-back of the future.

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