A duel with so much history in football will be the one that will animate the second day of the Sub 20 World Cup in Argentina: Italy AND Brazilfull field at the Malvinas Argentinas stadium in Mendoza (18:00), they will face each other in the opening of group D which will complete Nigeria AND Dominican Republicwhich will open on Sunday from 3pm.
Canarinha returns to a youth world championship with the nickname of favorite after winning the South American championship in Colombia this year and full of ambition after missing the last two editions (2017 and 2019). Her goal is to add the sixth star in this category.
Italy qualified after reaching the semi-finals of the last Under-19 European Championship, where they lost to eventual champions England. It is headed by the exfutbolist Carmine Nunziatawho trained at the Milan bases and in 2012 joined the lower categories of the national team.
He has an attacking style and likes to play with a midfielder behind a couple of forwards. In this case, 10 is Thomas Baldanziof Empoli.
Previously, the anthem of the Dominican Republic will play for the first time in a FIFA World Cup when he is measured against the unpredictable Nigeria.
The Central Americans made it to the final of the Gold Cup 2022, in which they had no alternative against the superiority of the United States (6-0), but the feat was already accomplished because, in addition to entering the World Cup, they achieved a venue for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Nigeria comes ready to add an unprecedented title which they touched in 1989 and 2005 when they were runners-up. In any case, the ‘Super Eagles’ are a constant in the Under 20 World Cup, because they are the African team that has played the most times in the youth tournament, with 13 appearances, counting this year, in which the tenor of the excessive power exercised could be surprising in recent years in the Under 17 category.
In the last African Cup they hung up on the bronze, after an irregular start, even if always solid in defence. Ladan Bosso’s team have conceded just two goals in the whole tournament.
The draw in group C opens the action in La Plata
Israel AND Colombia will open fire in group C equal to the Diego Armando Maradona de La Plata stadium, starting at 15:00, and in the prelude to the clash between Senegal AND Japan (3pm).
Although he will not be able to count on striker Jhon Jáder Durán, the South Americans will take the field with a squad similar to that used by Héctor Cárdenas in the last South American Sub’20.
Playing at home, the Colombian team finished undefeated in the group stage and then finished third in the finals, a position which qualified them for the World Cup and the Pan American Games.
Israel, on the other hand, will make its debut in a World Cup in this category, in which it agreed to repeat what it did in a sub’19 European Championship in which it surprised and in which it left behind the powerful France in the semifinals.
However, those led by Ofir Haim will not be able to count on Oscar Gloukh this time around, one of the stars of that game and who was not loaned out from RB Salzburg.
Meanwhile, Senegal start as favorites in the area, preceded by a perfect season in the qualifiers for Africa, with the winger Samba Diallo as a revelation. His rival will be Japan, another historic organizer of the race, who will try to fight.
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