Italy’s under-21 team marched to victory over a promising Denmark side to gain an early foothold in the group stages of the UEFA Euro U21 tournament, it wasn’t without excitement as well.
During the goalless first half, Gianluigi Donnarumma kept Italy in play, but was also hounded by Poland-based Milan fans. There had been whispers on Twitter that the Polish AC Milan fan club would chant against Donnarumma - but their actions went beyond that. Firstly, they displayed a ‘Dollarumma’ banner in English and then showered the 18 year-old in fake dollar bills. Donnarumma didn’t take well to this, as one would expect and was visibly uncomfortable. The game was paused to remove the notes from the field of play.
It was Lorenzo Pellegrini who opened the scoring for Italy - with a masterpiece of a goal. You’ll see this in the Louvre one day.
ANOTHER ANGLE OF THAT PELLEGRINI STUNNER!!! pic.twitter.com/42Q1dG3QEU— ItalianFootballTV (@IFTVXtra) June 18, 2017
Denmark didn’t go down without a fight though, Donnarumma found his form once more as he moved to glance Andrew Hjulsager’s curling effort away from the goal with his fingertips. Shortly after, Italy made the Danes pay after a great bit of outfield play as Atalanta’s Andrea Petagna finished from a Federico Chiesa cross.
Three points in the bag is great, but will it be enough to qualify from the group? We’ll see as Italy take on Czechia on the 21st of June before moving onto a game with Germany on the 24th.