8 Nations. Italy start strong with a 3-0 win over Poland

8 Nations. Italy start strong with a 3-0 win over Poland

The Under-20 National team got off to a solid start in the 8 Nations Tournament on Thursday, as they beat Poland 3-0. A brace from Kean and a goal from Scamacca was enough to secure the win at the Miejski Stadion – the same location for the first and final match of the World Cup next year. 

The game’s opening goal came after just four minutes, as Kean fired a fierce right-footed strike past the Polish shot-stopper. The second came in the 37th minute, as Scamaaca made no mistake from an indirect free-kick in the penalty area. Italy’s dominance continued after the interval, with Kean scoring the third and final goal in the 66th minute. 

Coach Paolo Nicolato was delighted with the Azzurrini’s performance: “It was a wonderful team performance, full of sacrifice and commitment. Despite whatever changes to the team, this is a group that still tries to find the right solutions in every match.” Meanwhile, Nicolato had this to say about goalscorer Kean: “He is a lad that puts himself at the service of the team and never lets up for the entire game.”
 
 
8 Nations Tournament

6 September: Poland 0-3 ITALY 
6 September: England 2-0 Switzerland 
6 September: Portugal 0-0 The Netherlands 
7 September: Germany vs. Czech Republic 
10 September: Switzerland vs. Poland
10 September: Netherlands vs. England 
11 September: Czech Republic vs. Portugal 
11 October: Poland vs. Czech Republic
11 October: England vs. ITALY 
11 October: Portugal vs. Switzerland 
12 October: Germany vs. the Netherlands
15 October: Czech Republic vs. England
16 October: Netherlands vs. Poland
16 October: ITALY vs. Portugal
16 October: Germany vs. Switzerland 
15 November: Portugal vs. Poland 
15 November: Switzerland vs. the Netherlands
15 November: ITALY vs. Germany 
19 November: England vs. Germany 
19 November: Czech Republic vs. Switzerland 
20 November: Netherlands vs. ITALY
21 March: England vs. Poland
21 March: ITALY vs. Czech Republic 
22 March: Germany vs. Portugal
25 March: Czech Republic vs. Netherlands 
26 March: Poland vs. Germany
26 March: Portugal vs. England 
26 March: Switzerland vs. ITALY  

Standings
Italy and England 3 points, Portugal and The Netherlands 1, Poland, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic 0

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