Ukraine U20 meets Italy U20 in the World Cup U20 semifinals. The match will be played on Tuesday, June 11th at Stadion GOSiR (Gdynia)
Ukraine won its group first, where, by the way, it beat one of the favorites of the championship, the US team. Then it knocked out Panama without any problems. In the quarterfinals, in a much more difficult duel, the Ukrainians beat the rather strong Colombian team. Having scored a goal in the 11th minute, the Ukrainians gave the initiative to the Colombians, while acting disciplined, and the opponent was brought to a nervous breakdown at the end of the match, which resulted in a red card. Ukraine controlled the game, did not make gross mistakes and led the match to victory.
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The Italians also won their group by gaining 2 victories and tying with the Japanese. In 1/8 finals, Italia scored the only goal from the penalty spot and overcame the barrier in the form of the Poles, who are the hosts of the championship. And in the quarterfinals, the Italians held back the onslaught of a very nice Mali team, which had previously beaten Argentina on penalties. It is worth noting that the Africans have played in the minority for about an hour, and they did not score a penalty at the end. If it were not for these factors, then it isn’t known with whom Ukraine would play in the semifinal.
And why is Italy considered a favorite in the upcoming match? The fixtures of the teams in the course of the championship are the same. The style of the game is about the same - prudent pragmatism without unnecessary effects. The Ukrainians have some losses; Shevchenko called Lunin to the main team (by the way, he can return the player for the semifinals at the request of Petrakov), and Tsitaishvili got too many yellow cards, but he can be substituted. By the same Musolitin who played 24 matches in the Premier League for Chornomorets. What is the advantage of Italy besides a louder name? Ukrainian team is well balanced in all lines. And there is an almost equivalent replacement for each position. Many players have played this season for their clubs in the Premier League; some experience already exists.
Prediction for the match: Ukraine U20 to win with +0.5 handicap