FIFAU20: Italy Advance To Semi-Finals, To Face Nigeria Or Korea Republic

Italy have booked their place in the semi-finals of the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup Argentina 2023 defeating Colombia 1-3.

Leading goal scorer, Cesare Casadei added yet another goal to his tally (6) to lead Italy to the next round.

Casadei is now Italy’s all-time top scorer in U-20 World Cup history with six goals, surpassing Riccardo Orsolini who scored five in 2017.

Casadei headed in the opening goal from Tommaso Baldanzi’s corner kick to give Gli Azzurrini an early boost. He then turned provider for Baldanzi, cushioning a header perfectly in the path for the Empoli man to double the lead.

Shortly after half-time, Baldanzi added another assist to his name, cutting back for Francesco Esposito to score with a delightful flicked finish.

Jhojan Torres gave Los Cafeteros a lifeline with a superb, curling effort from just outside Italy’s penalty area, but it proved to be a mere consolation.

Booking a semi-final spot for the third consecutive U-20 World Cup, the Italian U20 side will face either Korea Republic or Nigeria in the final four of the tournament.

Nigeria who had defeated Italy in group D (0-2) will face Korea Republic on Sunday (Today) by 6:30 at the Estadio Unico Madre De Cuidades.

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