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Netherlands Defeat Italy In Under Seventeen European Championship

2019 European Championship

Netherlands defeated Italy in the just concluded Under-17 European Championship. This made Netherlands to retained the championship. Italy was defeated by  two goals to four. ( 2-4)

It was almost twelve months to the day since the sides met in the final of the 2018 edition in England, the Netherlands made it back-to-back successes after racing into a three-goal first-half lead that Italy never looked likely to recover from.

Sontje Hansen of Ajax opened the scoring for the Dutch, before a free-kick from Liverpool’s Ki-Jana Hoever came back off the post to be finished by Naoufal Bannis on the rebound.

Chelsea’s Ian Maatsen scored the Netherlands’ third before the break, but a fine strike from Italy’s Lorenzo Colombo cut the arrears.
Naci Unuvar became the first 15-year-old to score in an Under-17 European Championship final to seal the victory, before Colombo scored his and his team’s second late on to earn Italy a consolation.


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