Rodríguez used chaotic play in the box to score the decisive goal
Italy could not show their game and committed too many fouls
Uruguay was established this Sunday as the new U-20 world champion after beating Italy 1-0 in the final with a goal from Luciano Rodríguez with four minutes remaining in the match.
The third time was the charm: after losing in the last match of Malaysia 1997 and Turkey 2013, La Celeste won a match in which she dominated from start to finish and won the title in front of more than 30,000 compatriots who arrived at the Estadio Único Diego Armando Maradona.
By boat, plane and car, thousands crossed the Río de la Plata to join the celebration.
And when everyone sang incessantly in each of the stands, Rodríguez took advantage of a confused play inside the area to push the ball and decree the goal that consecrated Marcelo Broli’s men.
Uruguay dominated the first half from start to finish. The high pressing, the play on the flanks and the good management of the ball in the center of the pitch they had Celeste take over the first 45 minutes.
Italy could not show its football and in many moments he cut the game with fouls. In fact, in the first part they accumulated ten against five of the South Americans.
Luciano Rodríguez was the great figure and the player who went down the most. Number 19 returned after serving two suspension dates and complicated the scorer Gabriele Guarino in every play, who was the first to see the yellow card.
Marking and assist from midfield Fabricio Díaz also stood out in a team that once again showed a very solid defense, led by Sebastián Boselli.
Two shots from the captain bring Celeste closer to the door Defended by Sebastiano Desplanches, who at 22 stood out with an impressive save from Anderson Duarte’s header.
The young man Simone Pafundi has generated the two clearest optionsthough neither put goalkeeper Randall Rodríguez in trouble, as he conceded in just one of his seven matches.
The second half started the same way the first ended: with Uruguay which generates the clearest and Italy away from the rival goal. In the 30 minutes of the second half, the Celeste had generated 12 goal situations against only one of the opponent.
However, in the final minutes the Celeste lost power and Italy launched the attack with midfielder Tommaso Baldanzi as standard-bearer.
But with minutes to go, after a confused play inside the area, Rodríguez pushed the ball over before the gaze of the rival goalkeeper and unleashed the madness of three million people.
Uruguay took the field winning from the first minute, played the final as it should have played and he became under-20 world champion for the first time in his history. Another trophy for an enviable showcase.
– Data sheet:
1.Uruguay: Randall Rodriguez; Rodrigo Chagas, Sebastián Boselli, Facundo González, Alan Matturro; Fabricio Diaz, Damian Garcia; Luciano Rodríguez (m.96, Santiago Homenchenko), Franco González, Juan Cruz de los Santos (m.91, Ignacio Sosa) and Anderson Duarte (m.62, Andrés Ferrari).
Coach: Marcelo Broli.
0. Italy: Sebastiano Desplanches; Richardo Turicchia, Gabriele Guarino, Daniele Ghilardi, Samuel Giovane (d.90, Niccolò Pisilli); Giacomo Faticanti (m.46, Mattia Zanotti), Matteo Prati, Cesare Casadei, Tommaso Baldanzi (m.90, Luca Lipani); Simone Pafundi (m.55, Francesco Esposito), Giuseppe Ambrosino (m.55, Daniele Montevago).
Coach: Carmine Nunziata.
Goals: 1-0: m.86, Luciano Rodríguez.
Referee: Swedish Glenn Byberg. He booked Gabriele Guarino, Giuseppe Ambrosino, Fabricio Díaz and Matteo Prati.
Incidents: Final of the Under-20 World Cup, played at the Estadio Único Diego Armando Maradona.