“This defeat mustn’t affect our path,” said the Women’s Under-19 National Team coach Enrico Sbardella as he saw the glass as being half full following defeat to England at the European Championship finals.
It was a balanced and hard-fought game until the end with the Azzurrine holding their own throughout. England took the lead after 53 minutes before the second goal came on the break after 76 minutes. Italy halved the deficit with a goal from the Pink Sport forward Annamaria Serturini in the 90th minute.
“Sure, it could have gone better but I’m satisfied with the team’s attitude. We fought for every ball and we tried until the end. After a balanced first half, the England’s physicality came out in the end and they’ve only lost once this year in a friendly with the United States. Now, we’ll recharge our batteries. This defeat can’t affect our path. Our morale is high, we’re doing well and we showed it.”
The Under-19s will be back in action against France on Friday at 15:00 local time after they lost 2-0 to the Netherlands today.
Squad list for the European Championship
Goalkeepers: Alessia Capelletti (Mozzanica), Nicole Lauria (Bologna), Alessia Piazza (Lugano);
Defenders: Martina Lenzini, Sara Mella, Beatrice Merlo (Inter Milano), Vanessa Panzeri (Como), Erika Santoro, Alice Tortelli (Fiorentina);
Midfielders: Arianna Caruso, Federica Cavicchia (Zurich), Giada Greggi, Marta Mascarello, Alice Regazzoli (Inter Milano);
Forwards: Sofia Cantore (Fiammamonza), Sofia Del Stabile (Tavagnacco), Benedetta Glionna (Fiammamonza), Gloria Marinelli (Perugia), Annamaria Serturini (Pink Sport Time).
Staff – Head of Delegation: Fiona May; Coach: Enrico Maria Sbardella; Assistant Coach: Elena Proserpio Marchetti; Secretary: Sabrina Filacchione; Fitness Coach Coordinator: Stefano D’Ottavio; Fitness Coach: Simone Mangieri; Goalkeeping Coach: Davide Quironi; Match Analyst: Antonio Gagliardi and Marco Mannucci; Doctor: Pierpaolo Rota; Physiotherapist: Emanuele Provini.
The Groups for the European Championship
Group A: Northern Ireland, Germany, Scotland, Spain
Group B: Italy, The Netherlands, France, England
The Azzurrine’s fixtures
August 8th: Italy 0-2 England (Lurgan – 15:00 local time, 16:00 CEST)
August 11th: Italy-France (Belfast – 15:00 local time, 16:00 CEST)
August 14th: Italy-The Netherlands (Portadown – 15:00 local time, 16:00 CEST)
Standings: England/Netherlands 3 points, Italy/France 0 points
August 17th: Semi-finals
August 20th: Final
Schedule for the Women’s Under-19 National side
Tuesday 8th August
15:00 Italy 0-2. England
Mourneview Park, Lurgan
Wednesday 9th August
Thursday 10th August
Friday 11th August
15:00 Italy vs. France
Windsor Park, Belfast
Saturday 12th August
Sunday 13th August
Monday 14th August
15:00 The Netherlands vs. Italy
Shamrock Park, Portadown