UEFA U21 European Championships, Marszałek Piłsudski Stadium, Kraków 7.45pm
Denmark U21’s vs Italy U21’s – Match Preview – Denmark and Italy will begin their Under 21 European Championships at the Marszalek Pilsudski Stadium on Sunday 18th June. Italy are the most successful nation in the history of the tournament; lifting the trophy a record five times. The match promises some great football on display and what could be a tighter match than many initially thought.
Italian manager, Luigi Di Biagio, will be hoping his side can live up to their hype and begin their campaign with a victory. Italy topped their qualification group, conceding only three times in ten matches; containing some dominant wins for Europe’s most successful youth side. However, they haven’t played a competitive match for over 3 months which could see a rusty performance from the Italians. Having most recently lost to Spain back in March, can the Italian’s kick off with a win in Poland?
Denmark were the surprise performers in the qualification stages. Niels Frederiksen’s side booked their place in the tournament without losing a match in Group 5 of the qualifiers; with 28 points out of a possible 30. The Dane’s will look to continue this impressive form going into the tournament. Like Italy, Denmark pride themselves on their defensive efforts and actually shared the best defensive record in qualifying with their opponents on Sunday. With both sides proving hard to break down, can Denmark get the edge and continue their form?
The Italians have no fresh injuries or suspensions to deal with to alter team selection.
Striker, Domenico Berardi, will be key for his nation if Italy are to kick off with win on Sunday. Berardi plays his club football for Sassuolo in the Italian Serie A. Can he deliver for the Italians?
Much like their opponents, Denmark have no injury or suspensions worries ahead of Sunday’s match.
Danish striker, Kenneth Zohore, proves to be one of Denmark’s biggest threats. Zohore had a good season in the EFL Championship for Welsh side, Cardiff. The young Dane scored 12 goals in 24 matches for the ‘Bluebirds’ and manager, Niels Frederiksen, will look to Zohore as his biggest threat.