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Piemonte Valle d'Aosta Amateur team guide

The Italian side at the finals won their place in Germany through the intermediary round.

Country: Italy

How they reached the finals:
Italian representatives Piemonte Valle d'Aosta recovered from dropping points against their hosts in their opening game in Group 8, and got through the intermediary round to reach the UEFA Regions' Cup finals.

Hard draw
The Italian side got the worst possible start to their campaign on 23 September as they were drawn against their group hosts, Slovakia's West Amateur. Nonetheless, they took a first-half lead as Danilo Montalto scored in the 27th minute and were on course for victory until Peter Kuracka equalised for West from the penalty spot with 18 minutes to go.

In control
However, with West drawing their next game, Piemonte were able to take advantage with a 2-0 win against Romania's Dacia Amateur in their following group game on 25 September. Marco Bergantin opened the scoring for the Italian side after 32 minutes, and Raffaele D'Errico eased Piemonte to victory with a second strike after 74 minutes.

Decisive game
That result left the Italian side at the top of the table, and they only had to win in their final game against Russia's Ural Amateur in Dubnica Nad Vahom on 27 September to be sure of a place in the intermediary round.

Early goals
Any big-match nerves were quickly dispelled as Bergantin opened the scoring after just ten minutes, and Piemonte were dreaming of the finals four minutes later as Montalto doubled their lead. Montalto was on hand to make it 3-0 three minutes before the interval, and the Italians were able to hold their Russian opponents at bay in the second half. Ural were reduced to ten men late in the game when Vladimir Zinatullin was shown the red card.

Intermediary joy
The intermediary round saw Piemonte play off against Group 10 winners Göteborg Amateur. In the first leg on 19 March, D'Errico's 12th-minute goal gave Piemonte a 1-0 win at home, and they won by the same score in Sweden on 9 April with Montalto adding to his haul with a 65th-minute effort to reach the finals.

Tournament credentials
With a stereotypically mean Italian defence and Montalto scoring regularly, Piemonte are a much fancied side as the finals approach. With Veneto Amateur having won the inaugural Regions' Cup in 1999, the trophy could be due for a return to Italy.

Top scorers:
Danilo Montalto (4)
Marco Bergantin (2)
Raffaele D'Errico (2)