U-21 friendly, Italy-England 0-2: Brewster’s two goals in the first 5′

At Pescara Nicolato the boys lost 2-0 thanks to a double by the Sheffield United striker arrived at the start of the match. In the final, Rovilla was sent off for a double yellow card

A little more than two years after the only 90-minute defeat by Paolo Nicolato’s management, came a knockout with England. The Italians were shocked in the first five minutes, then raised their heads but failed to score.

shock boot

The impact on English football – not just with the Under-21 team – is very difficult. Italy was instantly crushed, after 70 seconds forced to pounce in the area, Buff stomped on Gallagher’s feet ready to finish on the net. Penalty kick for England. Brewster from the place displaces Blizzari. Five minutes later, the score was 2-0. Bove misses the disengagement pressed by Gallagher, Gomes pockets Brewster who cuts behind Scalvini and Viti chases him in vain, then with a very delicate touch beats Plizzari at the exit. We knew it could be tough, but not that hard. The Azzurri managed to build a chance in the 14th minute, landing Baresi and header Cambiasso (or maybe the shoulder) alone in the midfield, the ball offended. But a minute later England is still dangerous. The descent of Spence – a strong run and muscles trained at Tottenham by Conte – put the ball in the half and Blizzari corrected it, Gallagher goes without fail but finds an Okoli rescue in front of the goal line. At 23′ Pellegri managed to create an opportunity to bypass the Harwood-Bellis midfield but was blocked by the outgoing Borsik goalkeeper. Soon, the Torino striker is knocked out with an adductor muscle problem: Colombo is in place. Italy has managed to raise the center of gravity quite a bit, especially at England’s low exit, Cambiaghi wraps up a few times a bit. In 36′ blue best occasions: a corner kick from Rovella and a header from Fetti, with a Brewster line tackled, practically to a personal hat-trick. In conclusion, England is still: Palmer’s corner and Colwell’s header at the post.


Italy starts the recovery with four new features: starter Citadini Leviti in defence, Fagioli Leboeuf in midfield, Esposito of Campiaghi in attack and above all Odoji of Parisi on the left. The Udinese winger, bought by Tottenham, has characteristics equal to the physical strength of the English. But the whole team is getting better. Wings are shorter, blue closer. Another right from Gallagher at 1′ long is the only English chance. On the other hand, Italy builds but does not build as often as it does. Colombo frees himself in the area at 6′ but shoots high with his right. At 11 o’clock, Fagioli laid in a rovella, closed with a large colwell lid. At 15′ Fagioli tries twice from distance, off the scale. Then it’s up to Rovilla, who enters the control room: in the 18th free kick touching the shaft, in the 21st minute, suddenly out of nothing. Esposito also tries to stop work, and Borsik turns to the corner. England made 8 changes in the 27th minute and regained control mathematically, and Italy appeared again in the 41st minute with a dash from Bellanova and a cross pass, with Colombo’s head high. The match ends early one minute later when Rovilla Karim received a second yellow card for his foul on Ramsey. We are far from the British, but not far.