Italy U20 boss believes his team deserved to lose against Ukraine

The Azzurrini lost in the FIFA U20 World Cup Semifinal against Ukraine, after a fantastic run in the tournament.

With no more time left on the clock and the score against Italy, Gianluca Smacca scored a goal against 10-man Ukraine.

The game was part of the FIFA U20 World Cup Semifinal in Poland.

But after the referee reviewed the play using the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) Technology, the game was disallowed.

And for Italy boss Paolo Nicolato, he sees this as an error, but not as an injustice.

“It was a difficult match and we knew it would be decided on individual incidents,” Nicolato was quoted by Football Italia.

“We didn’t allow them many chances, but we didn’t create enough either, as Ukraine are very strong in defense.”

He added: “I am proud of my lads and we’ve done so well in this competition.”

“Referees are always right. From the touchline, it looked as if he’d just held up his arm to protect the ball, rather than to foul anyone.”

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“It might’ve been an error, but not an injustice,” he said firmly.

Striker Andrea Pinamonti said at the end of the match that “it really hurts.”

“It hurts so much because we believed, we’d scored at the end and it was a good goal, but this is football.”

“We gave everything we had and at times, that’s just the way it goes,” Pinamonti concluded.


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