The Under-16 National Team were yesterday beaten by Portugal on penalties during their debut fixture in the UEFA tournament in Vila Real de Santo Antonio – a town of around 18,000 inhabitants and located in Faro. With the game finishing 0-0 after normal time, the match was then settled from the spot. Udinese attacker Nicolò Cudrig and Roma midfielder Tommaso Milanese both missed for the Azzurrini, with the latter also having a goal disallowed for offside in the second half.
“We put in a good performance,” said coach Daniele Zoratto. “Playing at an even level against a strong team. We stopped Portugal from playing, preventing them from pressing high and controlling play. We may have lost on penalties, but we made them struggle from a tactical perspective and we played almost the entire match at a level pegging.”
Italy will return to the field on Saturday (13:00 local time, 14:00 CET) taking on Germany, before then facing the Netherlands in their final match of the tournament on Monday 12th (11:00 local time, 12:00 CET).
Schedule, results and standings from the UEFA tournament
Matchday One (8th February)
Portugal-ITALY 0-0 (4-2 dcr)
Netherlands-Germany (16:00 local time, 17:00 CET – Vila Real de Santo Antonio)
Standings: Portugal 2 points, ITALY 1, Germany and the Netherlands 0
Matchday Two (10th February)
ITALY-Germany (13:00 local time – Vila Real de Santo Antonio)
Portugal-Netherlands (16:00 local time – Vila Real de Santo Antonio)
Matchday Three (12th February)
ITALY-Netherlands (11:00 local time – Vila Real de Santo Antonio)
Portugal-Germany (14:00 local time – Vila Real de Santo Antonio)