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Impressive Italy end home hopes to make final

Published: Tuesday 14 May 2013, 17.40CET
Slovakia 0-2 Italy
Mario Pugliese and Elio Capradossi struck to send Daniele Zoratto's side to a first UEFA European Under-17 Championship final, ending home hopes.
by Richard Binks
from Štadión MŠK Žilina

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Match statistics

Slovakia
Italy

0

Goals scored

2

4

on target

6

6

off target

3

7

Corners

4

11

Fouls committed

18

1

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

Lineups

Slovakia

Slovakia

Italy

Italy

1Junas (GK)1Scuffet (GK)
5Vodecký2Calabria
7Káčer
Substitution69
3Dimarco
8Grič4Pugliese
Goal3
9Vestenický5Capradossi
Goal64
10Špalek
Substitution53
6Sciacca
11Lesniak7Tutino
Substitution55
14Otrísal
Substitution41
8Palazzi
Yellow Card51
Substitution78
15Kupec9Cerri (C)
17Haraslín (C)15Steffè
18Varga18Vido
Substitution64

Substitutes

12Semanko (GK)12Audero (GK)
4Slaninka
Substitution53
10Parigini
Substitution55
Yellow Card67
6Vlček11Bonazzoli
Substitution64
13Čmelík
Substitution41
13Lomolino
16Zázrivec
Substitution69
Yellow Card80+4
14Tibolla
Substitution78
16Calabresi
19Di Molfetta

Coaches

Ladislav Pecko (SVK) Daniele Zoratto (ITA)

Referee

Nerijus Dunauskas (LTU)

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Published: Tuesday 14 May 2013, 17.40CET

Impressive Italy end home hopes to make final

Slovakia 0-2 Italy
Mario Pugliese and Elio Capradossi struck to send Daniele Zoratto's side to a first UEFA European Under-17 Championship final, ending home hopes.

Italy put in their best performance of the tournament so far in Zilina to reach their first UEFA European Under-17 Championship final by ending the dreams of hosts Slovakia.

With the Slovaks' unlikely run to the last four capturing the home nation's imagination, the near 7,000 in attendance had real belief that the fairy tale would continue. However, an early Mario Pugliese strike swiftly brought into stark focus the tough task facing Ladislav Pecko's side, who toiled admirably for an unrealised equaliser, before Elio Capradossi sealed the Azzurrini's final spot with a 64th-minute effort.

With first-choice defenders Andrej Kadlec and Denis Vavro suspended, there was a risk the hosts' new-look back four would settle slowly, and Italy exposed them immediately. Just three minutes in, Federico Dimarco's ball released Luca Vido on the left, and the forward showed maturity belying his 16 years to pick out a charging Pugliese who finished from close in.

Having shown impressive form to make it to the last four, Slovakia were not allowed into their stride, and were lucky to go in at the break just one behind. Vido was twice rebuffed by Martin Junas in the home goal when clean through, while Erik Otrísal scrambled back superbly to prevent Alberto Cerri's poke trickling over the line.

Hard-working as ever, Pecko's team struggled to make clear openings, though Simone Scuffet needed to be alert to rush out and deny Nikolas Špalek in Slovakia's only chance of the first 40 minutes.

With final prospects receding, Pecko threw on forward Lukáš Čmelík in place of Otrísal at the interval, and the change nearly paid immediate dividends. The substitute laid back for Lukáš Haraslín to curl a fraction wide, before Tomáš Vestenický's shot also drifted off target after displaying a magnetic touch.

Martin Slaninka, who scored twice in the group stage after coming off the bench, was introduced on 53 minutes, and his arrival coincided with a period of home pressure which concluded as Vestenický headed centimetres over. However, failure to clear a corner in their own box enabled the ball to fall to Capradossi, who stroked home his second of the tournament, to guarantee Daniele Zoratto's side a place in Friday's showpiece.

Last updated: 21/01/14 11.12CET

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