Rovella decides, Nicolato ‘sees’ the Europeans

Italy-Bosnia U21, Nicolato’s choices

The Italy Under 21 leaders of group F qualifying for the next European Championships in the category at 14 points, as many as Sweden but with one race less (six against seven), hosts the same age group from Bosnia at Nereo Rocco. The coach Nicolato confirms the 4-3-3 used in the disappointing draw with Montenegro with Quagliata left back, Bellanova on the opposite side, the pair of central Lovato-Okoli to protect Carnesecchi, Beans in the control room with Esposito and Rovella mezz’ali e Yeboah and Vignato in the trident on either side of the Colombo offensive terminal. Only bench for Parisi, Ricci and Portanova. Same form for the Balkan coach Starcevic, who relies on Cetkovic between the posts, Dejanovic, Milojevic, Barisic (scoring in the 2-1 for the azzurrini of the first leg and from January on Frosinone) and Nikic in defense, Begic, Igor Savic and Basic in midfield and Milan Savic, Lukic and Hasic in attack.

Italy-Bosnia U21 1-0 at half-time: Rovella unlocks it in the 14th minute

The first rings of the match are blue: at 6 ‘Yeboah wastes a good opportunity with a header from close range, four turns of the hand tries with the same Okoli mode on the developments of a corner kick, with the ball which is easily blocked by Cetkovic. For the goal that breaks the balance instead of the match we have to wait for 14 ‘: everything comes from a splendid connection by Fagioli, then, on the following cross in the middle, Rovella, favored by a rebound, unloads on the net with power and precision. Bosnia reacts with Hasic (high at 16 ‘), but it is at the half hour that produces the most dangerous opportunity: Begic and Lukic’s double heel, with the amazing response of Carnesecchi who initiates a counterattack concluded by Colombo, whose shot gets dirty in the corner. Question and Answer Basic (33 ‘) and Yeboah (37’), before the sensational action thwarted by the Balkan number eight in the 39th minute. The first half comes to an end – 1-0 in favor of the azzurrini – with the vain attempts of Lukic (40 ‘), Quagliata (41’ and 44 ‘) and Colombo (43’), while in Boras, in the match started 30 ‘after that of Nereo Rocco, Ireland takes the lead over Sweden.

Colombo and Yeboah devour the doubling: Italy U21 beats Bosnia 1-0

It starts again without changes, but Nicolato, not totally satisfied with the last quarter of an hour of his team, makes some elements on the bench intensify the warm-up. Bosnia pushes and presses and Hasic misses – luckily for us – the link in the area a few meters from Carnesecchi (48 ‘). Italy, which tries to administer by moving the ball from one side to the other to undermine the grim opposing defense, sees themselves on Cetkovic’s side in the 53rd minute with Vignato’s beautiful cross at the far post.n Rovella – who was already looking forward to the double win – anticipated by a whisker. At 59 ‘the same Genoa midfielder, but owned by Juve, was blocked at the moment of the shot from the edge, so the action continued and Bellanova, with his head, was unable to direct the ball into the mirror of the goal. Resounding at the exact time of play: Rovella for Colombo, in for Quagliata who, with the opposing goalkeeper already on the ground, kicks incredibly out with the left-handed platter. Sixty seconds later, Vignato kicks badly from a favorable position. The Azzurrini increase the revs of their engine and become extremely dangerous four times in just thirty seconds, between 62 ‘and 63’: Columbus first hits the Bosnian wall then, after having jumped the goalkeeper, assists helplessly in the rescue on Nikic’s line, which is repeated on Yeboah’s tap-in, with the latter who there tries again in vain on Bellanova’s cross. At 66 ‘it is the turn of Parisi and Ricci, who take the place of Quagliata and Esposito, while the coach Starcevic responds with Hodzic and Osmic for Lukic and Hasic, then, in the 74th minute, Nicolato also throws Cancellieri in place of Colombo (Memic and Ilic for Milan Savic and Basic on the opposite side of the pitch). Thrill at 81 ‘ when Nikic bowl in the middle and Savic looks for the near post, hitting the outside of the net: it would have been useless by virtue of the starting offside position. 86 ‘ standing ovation by Nereo Rocco for Rovella – replaced by his teammate in Genoa Portanova – and U21 debut for Cambiaghi, in place of an exhausted Vignati. At 89 ‘, however, Okoli is the protagonist of an amazing defensive closure, while Bosnia – in full recovery – is playing the “giant” Kujundzic (a good 193 centimeters in height) for Begic. The last emotion of the match is given by Parisi with an insidious cross rejected in trouble.

Nicolato: “Very important victory”

It was an important victory because it came with great commitment, as always, we have only improved, but we are not yet in a very fresh condition and we have been good at taking away a very important result. Now everyone is, we are towards the end and we know that qualifying is not easy, so we must have the humility to look forward with great determination. I thanked the boys, I am with them, because I am fully aware of the difficulties they have, of the fact that many times they do not succeed, not because they do not want to do them, but for other situations. I am quite happy with both the technical and the mental aspects, even if they are both improvable. We hope to have a team in better conditions in June, because at these levels it is crucial: if you are not there physically it always becomes difficult. I am very happy with the will they bring even when I am in difficulty. Now I say it, I didn’t want to say it before … Playing in Montenegro was really difficult, because they made us find ground conditions on which we do not know how to play: we have this limit and we have to improve it. No.We do not know how to fight, we do not know how to play the dirty game of second balls, we need a terrain like this where we can express our technical qualities. Obviously we don’t like that tie, but not only that one, all of them. That was a game that could have been lost and we must have the clarity to understand that it was a difficult field where Ireland lost. We must be calm and serene and hope to improve. Our improvement depends above all on the condition of the children. Are Sweden losing at home to Ireland? I didn’t want to know, but that’s fine. Better this way than the other way around“, the words of coach Nicolato to the microphones of Rai 2 at the end of the match won by measure against Bosnia Under 21.

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