Player Ratings: Italy U21 3-0 Slovenia U21
Gaetano Monachello scored two goals after coming on for Federico Bernadeschi before Marco Benassi added a third. The first came in the 71st minute when Monachello’s shot from just outside the box was palmed in by the goalkeeper. Monachello’s second was again from 20 yards out but this time he gave the goalkeeper no chance.
Torino midfielder Marco Benassi put the cherry on top of the cake with a third in the 87th minute.
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Alessio Cragno -6- Untested
Cragno had one save to make in the whole game, all of Slovenia’s other attempts were put wide meaning he didn’t have a chance to shine.
Nicola Murru -7- Slick
The Cagliari full-back made some great runs forward, and could have scored as a result of one in the first-half. He was rarely tested in a defensive sense.
Andrea Conti -6-5- Alert
Always eager to get forward, Conti acquitted himself well, though the quality of his deliveries into the box could improve as they often hit the first Slovenia defender.
Alessio Romagnoli -6.5- Fine
The AC Milan defender was decent throughout though he was not tested by a pretty poor Slovenia attack. His leadership at the back was evident due to the Azzurri’s defensive organisation.
Daniele Rugani -6- Standard
Rugani was rarely tested at all by the Slovenia attack so defensively his contribution was reasonably minimal, however when playing out he went for the long-ball far too often.
Rolando Mandragora -7- Physical
The Genoa man almost scored in the first-half, moreover he demonstrated that he can also put in a very strong tackle. His passing also set Italy’s tempo.
Danilo Cataldi –6.5- Adequate
Played some nice passes in behind the Slovenia defence in a Pirlo-like fashion and he was also not afraid to do the dirty work when tracking back .
Marco Benassi -7- Confident
Like Cataldi he was okay and rarely gave the ball away but at the same time he rarely created much. One highlight was his goal which he took with confidence.
Federico Bernadeschi -6- Plain
Good movement and the Fiorentina man showed an eye for a pass. There were some nice flashes of skill to beat the defender in front of him. On the other hand, he also produced too shocking corner deliveries.
Alberto Cerri -3- Ghostly
Looked strong and the former Parma man had a header almost go in the 20th minute, but from then on he was absent from the game.
Kingsley Boateng -5- Poor
Looked eager and worked hard but at times drifted out of the game. He also missed two great chances, one in each half which he should have put away.
Gaetano Monachello -7.5- Spark
Had a great chance just five minutes after coming on, but he hit it straight at the goalkeeper. Despite this he scored both of Italy’s goals and showed why he was brought on.
Valerio Verre -N/A
On for just 10 minutes