After its big victory against Slovakia (5-0) and against Romania (2-1), the French team faced Italy in the last group match of this Euro U19. The young French were already guaranteed to be in the next round but it was a first place that was at stake this Friday since Italy had also dominated Slovakia and Romania in previous matches. For this shock, Landry Chauvin, the French coach decided to field a very interesting team with the presence of Lyonnais Florent da Silva or Rennais Loum Tchaouna at the forefront of the attack.
But at the start of the meeting, nothing went as planned. Dominated at the start of the match, the French saw the Italians open the scoring quickly and very logically. Roma striker Cristian Volpato took advantage of a very naive French defense to present himself quietly against Lienard and open the scoring (16th). This goal finally woke up France, which went up a notch and came back into the game thanks to a very nice goal from Florent da Silva. The OL midfielder fired a powerful shot from 25 meters which touched the post before shaking the net (24th). Da Silva was also still in the game since it was he who served Tchaouna nicely to give the advantage to his team (36th). Rennais scored his third goal of the competition.
A double for Tchaouna
On returning from the locker room, the French were jostled by an Italian team who wanted to quickly come back to the score. It also took a miraculous post and a fine save from Monegasque goalkeeper Yann Lienard to keep this precious advantage. But the Bleuets goalkeeper was not the only one to shine since opposite, it was Gieole Zacchi, from Sassuolo, who repelled a point-blank shot from the left side Jordan Semedo who had accompanied the counter-attack well (54th) . But the man of this Euro U19 on the French side is called Tchaouna.
The Rennes striker, holder for the third time in three matches, took the ball, eliminated two players and sent a powerful strike under the bar from a tight angle (70th). His fourth goal in the competition. And a goal that allowed his team to calmly manage the meeting and go to the semi-finals of the competition. Ajaccio striker Tayrik Arconte closed his team’s attacking festival at the end of the match (4-1, 80th). France will face either England or Israel since they therefore finish first in their group and will therefore inevitably fall on the second of the other group. Les Bleuets can dream of imitating the Mbappé generation who won the Euro U19 in 2016.