Italy started their U-20 World Cup campaign on a winning note in Poland as they beat Mexico 2-1 on Thursday.
The young Italians took the lead in just the third minute through Roma midfielder Davide Frattesi after some good work from Sassuolo’s Gianluca Scamacca.
Mexico equalised towards the end of the first half thanks to Roberto de la Rosa’s header via a corner against the run of play.
Fortunately, Fiorentina defender Luca Ranieri found the winner midway through the second half from a corner.
According to Football Italia, Mexico piled on the pressure, but Paolo Nicolato’s young side held out for the victory, leaving themselves in a strong position to qualify for the knockout stages.
Mexico Under-20 1-2 Italy Under-20
De la Rosa 37 (M) Frattesi 3, Ranieri 67 (I)
Un debutto pienamente convincente per gli #Azzurrini, una vittoria pesante e più che meritata conquistata attraverso gioco, intensità e resilienza.
Bene così, ragazzi👌#VivoAzzurro pic.twitter.com/RZBmxN07L4
— Nazionale Italiana (@Vivo_Azzurro) May 23, 2019
Mexico: Higuera; Alvarez, Sepulveda, Leon, Cardenas; Lainez, Orona, Meraz, Dominguez (Figueroa 46); De la Rosa (Hernandez 87), Macias
Italy: Plizzari; Gabbia, Del Prato, Ranieri; Bellanova, Frattesi (Alberico 85), Esposito (Colpani 88), Pellegrini, Tripaldelli; Pinamonti, Scamacca (Capone 78)