Italy 2 - 2 Republic of Ireland
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REPORT | Italy 2-2 MU17
Romeo Akachukwu opened the scoring on 24 minutes before Colin O'Brien's team went two up when Ike Orazi forced a second that was eventually given as an own goal by Italy goalkeeper Tommaso Martinelli.
Italy fought their way back through a converted penalty Tommaso Ravagnoli and then a goal from Mattia Mannini to ensure that the points were shared in this Group 6 game.
The first goal for Ireland arrived after good work by Naj Raza led to Martinelli tipping a cross onto to crossbar and Romeo followed up to head in from close range.
Shamrock Rovers ace Orazi then wreaked havoc with a strong run and cut back that was eventually deflected into the back of the Italian net.
Ireland were dealt a blow before the game even started when defender Jake Grante was injured during the warm-up, leading to Stanley Ashbee being promoted to the starting line-up.
O'Brien will be able to take a lot of positives from this performance, where his team registered five attempts on goal and struck the post as their positive play saw them get in behind the Italian defence.
The defensive showing from Ireland was also impressive and that will stand to them with games against Ukraine (Friday) and Cyprus (Monday) to come as they seek qualification for this summer's finals tournament.
Italy: Tommaso Martinelli; Alessandro Ventre (Francesco Crapisto 53), Edoardo Sadotti, Gabriel Ramaj, Matteo Cocchi; Lorenzo Riccio (Mattia Liberali 78), Leonardo Mendicino (Andrea Bonanomi 54), Mattia Mannini; Marco Romano, Tommaso Ravagnoli, Federico Ragnoli Galli (Filippo Scotti 67).
Republic of Ireland: Jason Healy; Daniel Babb, Freddie Turley, Stanley Ashbee, Corey O'Sullivan; Daniel McGrath, Niall McAndrew, Naj Razi (Taylor Mooney 81); Ike Orazi, Mason Melia (Nickson Okosun 61), Romeo Akachukwu (Luke Kehir 61);
Referee: Jasper Vergoote (Belgium).
- 12 Francesco Saverio Plaia (G)
- 13 Filippo Pagnucco
- 14 Andrea Bonanomi
- 15 Alessandro Verde
- 16 Fabio Desole
- 17 Francesco Crapisto
- 19 Filippo Scotti
- 20 Mattia Liberali
Republic of Ireland
- 16 Joseph Collins (G)
- 7 Trent Kone-Doherty
- 9 Nickson Okosun
- 12 Luke Kehir
- 13 Kaylem Harnett
- 14 Matthew Moore
- 15 Taylor Mooney
- 20 Matthew Murray
- Referee Jasper Vergoote
- Assistant Referees Michael Geerolf
- UEFA Delegate Jānis Mežeckis
- Assistant Referee Two Eraklis Komodromos
- Fourth Official Kyriakos Athanasiou
- Referee Observer Stefan Johannesson
- Republic of Ireland
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Republic of Ireland
6Shots on Goal3