Portugal U19 will go one on one against Italy U19 in the final of the UEFA EURO U19s on Sunday at 19:00 GMT. The two sides will look to take the gong of the tournament as they have impressed throughout the tournament.
Portugal U19’s Unbeaten Form at the EURO U19s
Portugal U19 have been in brilliant form at the tournament. They have played four matches and won all of them.
The Portuguese U19 men have displayed a ruthless cutting edge in the final third by scoring 14 goals in the four matches. They have conceded just two goals in the process. They have also kept two clean sheets at the tournament.
The final clash against Italy U19 will also be crucial for Portugal U19 because they have already beaten the Italians in the group stage, where they triumphed 5-1 on their way to topping the group.
The focus for Portugal U19 will be to retain their form, intensity, work rate, and tactical discipline when they face Italy U19 on Sunday.
Italy U19’s Mixed Form at the EURO U19’s
Italy overcame pre-tournament favorites Spain U-19 in the semi-final in a thrilling 2-3 scoreline, including a winner in the 85th minute.
Although they had just 39% of possession, they had the most shots (20) to Spain U19’s 14 shots and the most shots on target with 10 to Spain U19’s 3. These numbers underlined the strengths of the Italian side, with a robust defensive unit and a rapid and penetrative attack on the counter and in transition situations.
However, Italy U19 will look to bolster their form ahead of the clash against Spain U19 in the final. This is especially important because they lost 5-1 against Portugal U19 in the group stage.
However, in the match against Spain U19, the game was level until Italy had Luca Lipani sent off in the 44th minute, which tilted the scales in favor of the Portuguese U19 side.
Italy U19 subsequently conceded four goals to lose 5-1 in the end, which showed a weakness in reacting and restructuring to fight against adversity. They will have to be better prepared for the final against Portugal U19 on Sunday.
Portugal U19 will have their full squad available for selection ahead of the final. The gaffer will have the tactical flexibility of picking the most suited team for the clash with Italy U19 on Sunday.
The Italian U19 camp have not reported any injuries or suspensions ahead of the final on Sunday. The Italian U19 manager will have all his squad available for selection, which bolsters their chances of being competitive against the high-flying Portuguese U19 side.
G. Ribeiro; G. Esteves, A. Teixeira Ribeiro, G. Costas Bras, M. A. Costa Marques; S. Loureiro Carvalho Justo, N. Felix, G. Sa; H. Felix, R. Ribeiro, C. Borges
D. Mastrantonio; I. Regonesi, L. Dellavalle, A. Dellavalle, F. Missori; L. Hasa, G. Faticanti, N. Pisilli; S. Vignato, F. P. Esposito, M. O. Katode
Portugal U19 will look to maintain their delicate balance between defense and attack. They have been the best attacking and defensive side at the tournament, highlighting their impressive form so far.
Portugal U19 will seek to dominate possession and dictate the match’s tempo.
Italy U19 will look to bolster their defensive record, especially since they have kept a single clean sheet so far and conceded eight goals.
Italy U19 will also look to be compact and dangerous on the break.
Portugal U19 will be the favorites to win the match and take home the EURO U19 gong.
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