Italy U20 vs Ecuador U20, Friday’s game for the 3rd place of the U20 World Cup, in the Stadion Miejski w Gdyni, in Gdynia, Poland.
Italy’s U-20 campaign started well, with four wins and a draw, to a very difficult semi-final defeat with Ukraine.
Now coach Paolo Nicolato has to choose a different team, we can see big changes in this third-place decision game, with players like Leonardo Loria, Antonio Candela, Alessandro Buongiorno, Davide Bettella, Andrea Colpáni, Gabriele Gori, Marco Olivieri, Domenico Alberico and Christian Capone to play from the start.
Italy are always a favorite team, despite not having qualified for the finals, made a World Cup in Poland very reasonable.
Italy was eliminated in adverse circumstances as they lost through the intervention of the VAR, and thus missed the chance to go to the final of this competition for the first time.
Italy is without striker Andrea Pinamonti, who joined the U21 team for the European Championship, and there should be many changes in the starting eleven.
Ecuador started their campaign for the U-20 World Cup with a 1-1 draw against Japan, but since then the South American champion guided by Jorge Célico has recovered and managed to reach the semi-finals, losing to Korea South in Lublin 1-0.
Jesus Luis Castillo, Luís Joel Estupiñán, Jefferson Arce, Richard Mina, Daniel Segura, Stiven Plaza and Lui Loor all have the chance to play in Gdynia and prove they also have the courage to win the Italy Under-20.
Ecuador, at the moment the South American champions can present their fans with their best team in this competition. The team was very solid on the way to the semi-finals, they have evolved greatly, they will be able to continue and progress to the main national team.
As I mentioned earlier Ecuador should make some changes in the team.
Ecuador has more to win than Italy, but I think they are the outsiders in this competition and also in the betting market. A third place is always a place that not everyone likes to compete since they preferred to be in the final. There will be many changes from both sides, but I bet on the Italian victory.