Republic of Ireland 0 - 2 Italy | 2021 - UEFA Under-21 Championship | 2031847

UEFA European Under-21 Championship | Tallaght Stadium, Dublin
12 November 2021 - 17:30 (16:30 local time)

Republic of Ireland 0 - 2 Italy

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REPORT | U21 0-2 Italy

The Republic of Ireland suffered a 2-0 defeat at Tallaght Stadium with goals from Lorenzo Lucca and second-half substitute Matteo Cancellieri for Italy in their UEFA European Championship qualifier.
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12th Nov 2021

Jim Crawford's team impressed with their style of play and positive approach, but a bit of luck evaded them as evidenced when Ross Tierney forced a smart save from Italy's Marco Carnesecchi.

Ireland made four changes to the side that lost to Montenegro with Will Smallbone returning, while Colm Whelan made his first start and Tyreik Wright and Conor Noss also featured in the starting line-up. 

The home side started the brighter with Wright going the closest in the early exchanges. The Salford City player sent in a deep cross that forced Marco Carnesecchi to tip the ball over for a corner. 

Emanuel Vignato had the first chance of note for the visitors as he latched onto a Matteo Lovato cross with a volley but his effort just went wide of Brian Maher's far post. Samuele Ricci also had an early sight on goal but his effort went over the bar. 

Wright was once again the architect in creating a chance for Ireland as his cross into the Italian area was met by Whelan but his shot took a deflection out for a corner. Salvatore Esposito’s free-kick for the Azzurri on the edge of the area was blocked by Conor Coventry. 

The Italians took the lead on the half-hour mark when Jake O’Brien slipped in the area and the ball came loose with Lucca on hand to fire in a low-range effort past Maher. Emanuel Vignato almost added a second as he received the ball on the edge of the area but his shot wide just wide of Maher's goal. Ricci once again had a chance on goal but his effort went wide just before halftime. 

After the interval, Italy had an early chance from the restart to extend their lead as Italian debutant Andrea Cambiaso struck a volley that went over Maher's crossbar. 

Second-half Irish substitute Joshua Kayode had a penalty appeal turned away after he and Caleb Okoli clashed in the Italian area. From the resulting free-kick, the ball found its way to Festy Ebosele at the back post but his effort went over the bar. 

Maher produced an excellent low save denying Nicolo Rovella who struck his effort from the edge of the area. The Italian forward was to go close again moments later as Rovella got in behind the Irish defence latching onto an initial shot by Lucca but his shot went wide. 

Tierney forced a great save from Carnesecchi as the Bohemians forward timed his run excellently in the box from an initial Dawson Devoy free-kick. He was denied a certain goal as his half volley was saved by the onrushing Italian keeper. Moments later, Lorenzo Colombo's well-struck effort was stopped on the line by Maher. 

Matteo Cancellieri would secure the points for the away side as Ireland committed numbers forward late in the game and the Italians counter-attacked with Lucca setting up Cancellieri who broke free of the Irish defence and slotted it past Maher. 

Crawford's players will now switch their focus to next Tuesday's clash at home with Sweden.

Republic of Ireland: Brian Maher, Lee O’Connor, Mark McGuinness, Jake O’Brien, Joel Bagan, Conor Coventry, Gavin Kilkenny (Dawson Devoy 76), Conor Noss (Festy Ebosele 56), Will Smallbone (Ross Tierney 76), Tyreik Wright, Colm Whelan (Joshua Kayode 56).

Italy: Marco Carnesecchi, Raoul Bellanova, Samuele Ricci, Matteo Lovato (Lorenzo Pirola 34), Lorenzo Colombo (Matteo Cancellieri 85), Lorenzo Lucca, Nicolo Rovella, Salvatore Esposito, Caleb Okoli, Andrea Cambiaso, Emanuel Vignato (Samuele Mulattieri 90).

Referee: Horatiu Fesnic (Romania).

Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

1 Maher (G) 2 O'Connor 3 Bagan 4 McGuinness 6 Coventry (C) 7 Kilkenny 8 Noß 10 Smallbone 13 O'Brien 18 Wright 22 Whelan

Coach

James Crawford

Italy

12 Carnesecchi (G)(C) 2 Bellanova 4 Ricci 6 Lovato 7 Colombo 9 Lucca 10 Rovella 14 Esposito 15 Okoli 16 Cambiaso 20 Vignato

Substitutes

  • 1 Stefano Turati (G)
  • 3 Giacomo Quagliata
  • 5 Lorenzo Pirola
  • 8 Filippo Ranocchia
  • 11 Roberto Piccoli
  • 17 Gabriele Ferrarini
  • 18 Matteo Cancellieri
  • 19 Samuele Mulattieri
  • 21 Nicolò Fagioli

Coach

Paolo Nicolato

Officials

  • Referee Horatiu Fesnic
  • Assistant Referees Valentin Avram
  • UEFA Delegate Sonja van Geerenstein
  • Assistant Referee Two Mihai Marica
  • Fourth Official Iulian Călin
  • Referee Observer Milorad Mažić

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • 1" The match is under way.
  • 4" William Smallbone (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 4" Joel Bagan (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Andrea Cambiaso (Italy).
  • 10" Emanuel Vignato (Italy) has a shot blocked.
  • 12" Emanuel Vignato (Italy) has a shot blocked.
  • 13" Emanuel Vignato (Italy) misses the target.
  • 14" Conor Noß (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Salvatore Esposito (Italy).
  • 15" Samuele Ricci (Italy) misses the target.
  • 17" Tyreik Wright (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 21" Tyreik Wright (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 21" Joel Bagan (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Matteo Lovato (Italy).
  • 21" Mark McGuinness (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Lorenzo Lucca (Italy).
  • 24" William Smallbone (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 27" Gavin Kilkenny (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Salvatore Esposito (Italy).
  • 28" Salvatore Esposito (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 28" Salvatore Esposito (Italy) has a shot blocked.
  • 29" Lorenzo Colombo (Italy) is penalised for a foul on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 31" Lorenzo Lucca (Italy) scores!
  • 34" Lorenzo Pirola (in) - Matteo Lovato (out) (@@teamID)
  • 35" Gavin Kilkenny (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 38" Lorenzo Pirola (Italy) is penalised for a foul on Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland).
  • 39" Emanuel Vignato (Italy) misses the target.
  • 41" Mark McGuinness (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Salvatore Esposito (Italy).
  • 41" Salvatore Esposito (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 42" Lorenzo Pirola (Italy) is penalised for a foul on Colm Whelan (Republic of Ireland).
  • 44" Samuele Ricci (Italy) misses the target.
  • 45+2" Lorenzo Pirola (Italy) is penalised for a foul on Colm Whelan (Republic of Ireland).
  • 45+2" Gavin Kilkenny (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • 46" The second half begins.
  • 46" Salvatore Esposito (Italy) misses the target.
  • 48" Samuele Ricci (Italy) is penalised for a foul on William Smallbone (Republic of Ireland).
  • 49" William Smallbone (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 50" Salvatore Esposito (Italy) takes the corner.
  • 51" William Smallbone (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 54" Nicolò Rovella (Italy) is penalised for a foul on Conor Coventry (Republic of Ireland).
  • 56" Festy Ebosele (in) - Conor Noß (out) (@@teamID)
  • 56" Joshua Ogunfaolu-Kayode (in) - Colm Whelan (out) (@@teamID)
  • 57" Raoul Bellanova (Italy) is penalised for a foul on Tyreik Wright (Republic of Ireland).
  • 57" Festy Ebosele (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Andrea Cambiaso (Italy).
  • 58" Salvatore Esposito (Italy) is penalised for a foul on Joshua Ogunfaolu-Kayode (Republic of Ireland).
  • 60" Salvatore Esposito (Italy) takes the corner.
  • 61" Tyreik Wright (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Raoul Bellanova (Italy).
  • 61" Emanuel Vignato (Italy) is penalised for a foul on Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland).
  • 62" William Smallbone (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 64" Festy Ebosele (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Samuele Ricci (Italy).
  • 65" William Smallbone (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Salvatore Esposito (Italy).
  • 65" Salvatore Esposito (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 68" Salvatore Esposito (Italy) is penalised for a foul on William Smallbone (Republic of Ireland).
  • 68" Tyreik Wright (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 69" Festy Ebosele (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 69" Mark McGuinness (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Lorenzo Lucca (Italy).
  • 72" Nicolò Rovella (Italy) has an effort on goal.
  • 72" Brian Maher (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 74" Emanuel Vignato (Italy) misses the target.
  • 76" Salvatore Esposito (Italy) is penalised for a foul on Conor Coventry (Republic of Ireland).
  • 76" Ross Tierney (in) - Gavin Kilkenny (out) (@@teamID)
  • 76" Dawson Devoy (in) - William Smallbone (out) (@@teamID)
  • 78" Lorenzo Lucca (Italy) has a shot blocked.
  • 78" Nicolò Rovella (Italy) misses the target.
  • 79" Lorenzo Colombo (Italy) has an effort on goal.
  • 79" Brian Maher (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 82" Andrea Cambiaso (Italy) is penalised for a foul on Festy Ebosele (Republic of Ireland).
  • 82" Dawson Devoy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 82" Ross Tierney (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 82" Marco Carnesecchi (Italy) blocks a shot.
  • 83" Festy Ebosele (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Raoul Bellanova (Italy).
  • 84" Lorenzo Colombo (Italy) has an effort on goal.
  • 84" Brian Maher (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 85" Salvatore Esposito (Italy) takes the corner.
  • 86" Lorenzo Colombo (Italy) is penalised for a foul on Festy Ebosele (Republic of Ireland).
  • 86" Matteo Cancellieri (in) - Lorenzo Colombo (out) (@@teamID)
  • 87" Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Samuele Ricci (Italy).
  • 88" Ross Tierney (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 89" Salvatore Esposito (Italy) is penalised for a foul on Joshua Ogunfaolu-Kayode (Republic of Ireland).
  • 89" Salvatore Esposito (Italy) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 89" Tyreik Wright (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 90" Matteo Cancellieri (Italy) scores!
  • 90" Lorenzo Lucca (Italy) assists.
  • 90+1" Nicolò Rovella (Italy) is penalised for a foul on Conor Coventry (Republic of Ireland).
  • 90+2" Lorenzo Lucca (Italy) has an effort on goal.
  • 90+2" Brian Maher (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 90+2" Samuele Mulattieri (in) - Emanuel Vignato (out) (@@teamID)
  • 90+3" Samuele Mulattieri (Italy) is penalised for a foul on Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland).
  • 90+4" Dawson Devoy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 90+4" Jake O'Brien (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Marco Carnesecchi (Italy).
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Italy

Corners Won

3 3

Shots on Target

1 6

Shots off Target

3 7

Fouls Committed

15 16
  • Republic of Ireland

    Italy

  • 0Goals2
  • 0Yellow Card(s)1
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 1Shots on Goal6
  • 3Shots Wide7
  • 1Shot(s) Blocked4
  • 4Save(s)1
  • 5Total Shots17
  • 15Fouls Committed16
  • 3Corner(s)3
  • 1Offside(s)0