Under 21, Euro 2021 qualifications: Italy overwhelms Armenia 6-0


CATANIA – Another goleada for Italy against Armenia. After the exciting evening of the Barbera with the 9-1 signed by the National team of Roberto Mancini, in Catania also the Under 21 team of Paolo Nicolato defeats the Armenian selection of the same age by 6-0 in a direct match by the French Frappart. The azzurrini thus earn the fourth victory in five races going up to 13 points and continuing the run-up to Ireland leaders with two races to recover. A success that comes after a complicated evening where the kick-off, scheduled for 6.30 pm, has been postponed by two hours and 30 minutes due to the conditions of the turf at the limit of practicability due to the heavy rain that fell in the afternoon.

The goal festival

But the cold and the long wait do not frighten the Massimino's 2700s who await the kick-off until 9pm and then be rewarded with a good performance by the Azzurrini. Three goals in the first half with the match being released on 15 'thanks to Kean on an assist from Pinamonti. Then, ten minutes later, Pinamonti's first Under-21 goal arrived, taking advantage of an imprecise shot from Sala and beating Aslanyan with a precise left-footed cross. Cutrone wants at all costs a goal and undertakes a real personal challenge against the opposing goalkeeper. At 41 'Aslanyan the walls a shot from close range and the rejected Kean deposited in the network the ball of 3-0. And in the second half, precisely at 53 ', Cutrone comes back in front of the goalkeeper but his shot is rejected by the goalkeeper with the ball ending on the feet of Zanellato who signs the 4-0. The goal festival is also enriched by Scamacca and Del Prato's goals for the 6-0 final which confirms Nicolato's excellent form.

Nicolato: "Destined to improve"

"We are destined to improve because we are together recently. Every step must be a step forward, with great humility". These are the statements by Paolo Nicolato in the post game. "I am satisfied with the 15 goals made so far, I saw a team that managed to play well in these complicated conditions – commented Nicolato -. The head is there and it is the most important thing, these guys want and try to express yourself at the best. We know we have strengths but also flaws. "Italy-Armenia 6-0 (3-0)
Italy (4-3-3): Carnesecchi; Adjapong, Del Prato, Ranieri (18 ′ st Bettella), Sala (11 ′ st Tripaldelli); Zanellato (18 ′ st Maistro), Carraro, Locatelli (38 ′ st Maggiore); Kean, Pinamonti (11 ′ st Scamacca), Cutrone. On the bench: Plizzari, Esposito, Casale, Sottil. Coach: Nicolato
Armenia (4-1-4-1): Aslanyan (26 ′ st. M. Grigoryan); Mkrtchyan (27 ′ st Vardanyan), Khachumyan, Danieliian, E. Grigoryan; Geghemyan; Movsesyan (13 ′ st Sadoyan), Bichakhchyan, Khamoyan (21 ′ st Nalbandyan), Melkonyan; Hovhannisyan (13 ′ st Portugalyan). On the bench: Nazaryan, Misakyan, Asilyan. Coach: Lozano Flores
Referee: Frappart (FRA)
networks: 15 ′ pt Kean, 25 ′ pt Pinamonti, 41 ′ pt Kean; 8 ′ st Zanellato, 12 ′ st Scamacca, 21 ′ st Del Prato
Ammonites: Zanellato, Maistro, Movsesyan and Khachumyan
Corners: 8-6
Recovery: 1 ′, 2 ′
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