Player Ratings: Italy U21 v Lithuania U21
The Italy U-21s saw off Lithuania in convincing fashion in their European Under-21 Championships qualifying group Group 2 encounter at the Stadio Teofilo Patini.
The Azzurrini played out the game in a comfortable manner as they cemented their place at the top of the group with a 2-0 win over Lithuania.
Sassuolo starlet Domenico Berardi opened the scoring for Italy in the second minute before Marco Benassi doubled the advantage for Luigi di Biagio’s men after latching onto a lose ball at the edge of the area and rifling it into the top corner.
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Allesio Cragno – 7 – Untested
The Cagliari stopper didn’t have much to do throughout the game, as the Lithuanians could register only two shots on target.
Davide Calabria – 7 – Daring
Was always on the lookout for some space to run into on the right flank as soon as Berardi dropped into central areas. And due to more room, could make more attacking runs forward.
Daniele Rugani – 7.5 – Usual
It was another show of defensive solidarity from the Juventus youngster as he hardly let the ever Lithuanians past. Looked sharp throughout.
Allesio Romagnoli – 7.5 – Solid
The 20-year-old is building a solid partnership at the back with Rugani and proved why again. Looked quick and strong and the pace that the Lithuanians had was no match for him.
Antonio Barecca – 7 – Limited
Unlike Calabria, he wasn’t allowed much room to venture forward but looked balanced in his position. Defended well and combined well with team mates too.
Domenico Berardi – 8.5 – Heroic
There’s nothing left to say in appreciation of this man, is there? He always looked to find a pass and put someone through and looked dangerous on the ball too. Above all, scored the opener.
Alberto Grossi – 8.0 – Guard
The young man looked very good on the ball, as he dropped deep to conduct play. Pass distribution stood out and was good in cutting out opposition attacks too.
Rolando Mandragora – 7.5 – Balanced
The Genoa youngster had a defensive assurance to back him and did well in moving forward and creating attacks for his teammates.
Marco Benassi – 8.0 – Impressive
The 21-year-old Torino youngster scored the all important second goal and always looked like a threat to the opposition defence. Got a few other opportunities but he couldn’t convert them into goals. Showed an excellent work rate.
Federico Bernarderschi – 8.0 – Slick
Playing up top, the Fiorentina starlet looked very sharp on the ball and was always looking to do something for the team up front. The 21-year-old could have scored on two occasions but it was due to Edvinas Gertmonas’ efforts that denied him.
Gaetano Monachello – 7.5 – Luckless
The Agrigento born forward was more of an in behind runner, as the others did the creative work and he made quick runs in behind. A former Monaco player, Monachello was denied by Gertmonas’ sublime saves, otherwise he did squader one or two opportunities to triple the advantage.
Adam Masina – 6 – Decent
The Bologna starlet made his debut at this level and looked assured. Came on for Barecca in the second period as the Azzurrini were winding down the clock.
Luca Garritano- NA
Valerio Verre- NA