The Dominican team wants to recover their lost pride this Saturday against Italy to be able to dream of qualifying for the round of 16 almost impossible, in the third and final day of group D of the U-20 World Cup being held in Argentina.
The Creole team, which will not be able to count on its best footballer, Edison Azcona, has a foot and a half out of the competition after losing to Nigeria (2-1) and being beaten by Brazil (6-0), but there is still the possibility of advancing to the round until as second in the group.
For that combination of results, more typical of science fiction, Nigeria, already classified, would have to endorse a scandalous defeat of Brazil and the Dominican Republic, which is playing its first FIFA World Cup in any category, would have to do the same with Italy.
But he could also enter as one of the four best third parties, which also goes through running over the ‘Azzurri’ to try to reverse their bulky negative goal balance (-7) and wait for the rest of the day’s markers.
In any case, the victory against Italy is a must at the Malvinas Argentinas stadium in Mendoza and they will have to go for it with a sensitive loss, that of their shirt 10 and captain, Edison Azcona.
The Inter Miami midfielder received a second yellow card in the 85th minute of the game against the ‘Canarinha’, when they were already losing 4-0, and will not be in the last day of the group stage.
The center of the field of the Quisqueyan team It is expected that it will be commanded by Yordy Álvarez, who already left some sparkle before the South American champions.
The Italian team made life difficult after losing against Nigeria (0-2) in a match in which they showed a level of play very different from that exhibited in the victory against Brazil (3-2).
If on the first day Carmine Nunziata’s men presented credentials to win the title, on the second they disappointed and now they will have to do their homework at the last minute to guarantee a place in the round of 16.
Simone Pafundi, the youngest of the squad that shone against Brazilwas diluted before the physical superiority of Nigeria and also went out to fight with the coach, with whom he had a run-in half jokingly half seriously when he was substituted in the 59th minute.
The talented Udinese playmaker did not like the change and Nunziata reacted by giving him a hug after grabbing him by the neck and then made a gesture of wanting to punch him in the face.
Nunziata now hopes to “regain strength” and play “a great game” against the Caribbean team.