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Iceland U21 vs Italy U21 WATCH LIVE 2020
Inter defender Alessandro Bastoni has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 while on international duty with the Italy U21 side, but another test is required.According to La Gazzetta dello Sport Bastoni was tested yesterday and it came back negative whereas today’s swab gave a positive result.Another test is therefore going to be performed on Wednesday to get a clearer idea of his status.In the meantime Bastoni will remain in self-isolation separate from the rest of the squad.The Italy Under-21 team is at a training camp in Tirrenia ahead of their European Championship qualifiers against Iceland and the Republic of Ireland.Verona defender Matteo Lovato has already left the Azzurrini squad due to injury replaced by Alessandro Tripaldelli of Cagliari.
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The pair have been separated from the rest of Italy Under-21 team which is at a training camp in Tirrenia ahead of the European Championship qualifiers
Ireland are in great position to qualify and sit three points ahead of Italy on 16 points with one game more played, having started the campaign under Stephen Kenny.Jim Crawford took over after Kenny became senior boss and his side are set to take on Iceland at home and Luxembourg away in their final two qualifiers next month.The two Italian players are asymptomatic and had tested negative on Sunday when they joined the squad before a second test on Tuesday came back positive.The training scheduled for today has been cancelled and the team has been in isolation since last night awaiting the decisions of the health authorities the Italian football federation (FIGC) said in a statement.The players were not named but Gazzetta Dello Sport reports that they were Inter Milan defender Alessandro Bastoni and Atalanta substitute goalkeeper Marco Carnesecchi. Patrick Cutrone bagged a late brace after Riccardo Sottil’s opener as Italy beat Iceland 3-0 to go second in their Under-21 European Championship group with a game in hand.
The Azzurrini leapfrog Iceland and are now on 10 points from four games leaving behind their opponents on nine points from five. The Republic of Ireland lead Group 1 with 13 points but have already played six matches.Moise Kean was suspended Sandro Tonali and Nicolò Zaniolo promoted to the senior squad so there were changes at SPAL’s Stadio Paolo Mazza in Ferrara.The first real chance was for the visitors on a long throw-in as Jon Dagor Thorsteinsson curled from just inside the area and Atalanta’s Marco Carnesecchi was at full stretch to palm it out of the far bottom corner on 11 minutes.Wolves forward Patrick Cutrone fought back immediately but the snapshot was straight at the goalkeeper but Iceland should’ve scored on a rapid counter-attack that sent Kolbeinn Finsson clear only to smash his strike on to the base of the upright.
It was wide open with neither midfield holding on to the ball for long periods. Riccardo Sottil rolled across for Marco Sala forcing a tough save but again Carnesecchi came to the rescue by sticking out a foot to parry Svein Aron Gudjohnsen’s effort from point-blank range.The Azzurrini took the lead with a well-worked goal. Andrea Pinamonti knocked down Cutrone’s cross for Sottil to come sliding in at the far post.Cutrone should’ve made it 2-0 within 30 seconds of the restart but controlled it well only to curl wide of the far post from 12 yards.Carnesecchi remained by far the busiest of the two goalkeepers beating away a long-range Thordarson effort but after the hour mark Italy began to take more control.
Pinamonti drilled just wide then Manuel Locatelli’s strike was charged down and Gianluca Scamacca almost tapped in after the goalkeeper fumbled Claud Adjapong’s cross.The second goal finally arrived late on to seal the victory. Scamacca’s header was charged down at the back post but Cutrone volleyed in the rebound from nine yards.The Azzurrini were building momentum throughout the second half and the two strikers combined again for the third goal. Scamacca shrugged off a defender rolled across and Cutrone curled a right-foot finish from the edge of the penalty area.Iceland were increasingly irritable and after a member of their staff was sent off from the bench a brawl broke out at the final whistle between players.
Italy 3-0 Iceland
Sottil 33 (It) Cutrone 84 90 (It)Italy U21: Carnesecchi Del Prato Gabbia Ranieri Sala Maggiore (Zanellato 80) Carraro (Maistro 93) Locatelli Sottil (Adjapong 68) Pinamonti (Scamacca 80) CutroneIceland U21: PS Gunnarsson Sampsted Leifsson Palmason H Gunnarsson Thorsteinsson W Willumsson Finnsson (J Jonsson 80) Hauksson (B Willumsson 81)S Thordarson (K Thordarson 62) S Gudjohnsen (Ingimundarson 73)
Ref: Fesnic (ROU)