UEFA Euro Championship U-17 Final : Portugal V/s. Italy Match Preview and Lineups



Portugal V/s. Italy

MATCH INFO

Tournament

UEFA Euro Championship

Date

05-03-2024

Time

11:00 PM IST - 9:30 PM-UAE  

Stadium

Alphamega Stadium

MATCH LIVE INFO

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Portugal vs Italy : The Last Dance

The European Under-17 Championship final will feature Italy Under-17s and Portugal Under-17s, both teams vying for the coveted trophy in Kolossi. Italy is aiming for their first title, while Portugal seeks their third, with the latter having won in 2003 and 2016. 

Italy's Journey

Italy's robust defense has been a cornerstone of their campaign, conceding only two goals in five matches. Their group stage was impressive, with 2-0 victories over Poland and Slovakia and a 2-1 win against Sweden. In the quarter-finals, they held their composure to beat England 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Federico Coletta's crucial goal in the semi-final against Denmark secured their place in the final, marking Italy's fourth appearance, though they have lost in their previous three finals.

Portugal's Path

Portugal topped a challenging group featuring Spain, England, and France, with six points from three matches. They edged out Poland 2-1 in the quarter-finals and staged a dramatic comeback in the semi-finals against Serbia, scoring three late goals to win 3-2. Portugal's resilience and past successes in finals may give them an edge as they aim to become three-time champions.

Key Players and Lineups

For Italy, goalkeeper Massimo Pessina continues in goal due to Alessandro Longoni's concussion. The forward line will likely feature Francesco Camarda (AC Milan) and Mattia Mosconi (Inter Milan). 

Portugal's defense will see Afonso Sousa starting again alongside Rui Silva. Edgar Mota and Dudu, both influential off the bench in the semi-final, are contenders for the starting lineup. Forward Mora, with five goals in the tournament, will be pivotal in their quest for victory.

The final promises to be a thrilling encounter, with both teams bringing strong defensive records, resilience, and key players in form. Italy will be eager to seize their first championship, while Portugal hopes to draw on their winning pedigree to secure another title.

Predicted lineup for Portugal V/s. Italy

Portugal possible starting lineup: Ferreira; Mota, R Silva, Sousa, Cunha; Mora, Felicissimo, Simoes; Quenda, Dudu, G Silva

Italy possible starting lineup:
Pessina; Benjamin, Verde, Natali, Cama; Coletta, Sala, Di Nunzio, Liberali; Camarda, Mosconi
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