In La Plata, after the victory of Brazil that suffocated the Argentine fans who dreamed of the early elimination of their historic rival, there was a smile of happiness in the almost 13,000 people who were at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium, because England -another of the historical classics- has fallen by the wayside after a harrowing and controversial penalty that allowed it Italy they win 2-1 and progress to the quarterfinals, where they will play each other Colombia.
What happened? In the 40th minute of the second half an Italian shot bounced off Quansah. Brazilian judge Ramón Abatti Abel scored from a corner but the VAR warned him of a possible handball, went to review him and announced that he was charging for a penalty. Captain Cesare Casadei -his team’s top scorer- shot hard and high to the right of Cox who went for the far post, and the Azzurri thus embraced qualification for the quarter-finals. The other goals were scored by Tomasso Baldanzi and Alfine Devine in the first half.
It was a sporting revenge for Italy, who had lost in the semifinals of the youth Eurocup against England, the reigning champions of this tournament.
Next Saturday, at 18:00, Colombia will be Italy’s rivals in search of entry into the top four of the Under-20 World Cup.
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