The French team, beaten 2-1 by Italy, was eliminated in the semi-finals of the Under-17 Euro on Thursday in Dublin.
There will be no final of the Euro in Dublin for the young shoots of the team of France to the Euro. The Bleuets dominated the debates overall, but the Italians, who were waiting, perfectly exploited their rare opportunities to win 2-1.
Author of nine goals in the first four games, Adil Aouchiche was this time more discreet and was replaced in the 71st minute by Theo Zidane. The Parisian was brilliantly replaced in the midfield by Captain Lucien Agoumé, midfielder supervised by AC Milan, FC Barcelona or Olympique Lyonnais among others.
In the 17th minute, Kelian Nsona Wa Saka was replaced on the right wing Amadou Traoré, injured. Among the many tricolor chances, defender Nianzou Kouassi saw his recovery missed by a bit the frame on a corner in the 22nd minute. In the 41st minute, after a good overflow on the left and a cross from Nathanaël Mbuku, Enzo Millot opened the scoring, the second goal for the Monegasque in this Euro.
But the troops of coach Jean-Claude Giuntini have retained this advantage for less than five minutes. In the extra time of the first period, Italy has indeed returned to the mark thanks to a superb free kick by Sebastiano Esposito on which the goalkeeper of the Blueberries Melvin Zinga did not seem irreproachable. Tribute to the realism of the Nazionale of the 1980s-90s, the great hope of Inter Milan marked the first shot of the Transalpine of the meeting.
The second period is on the same basis, without the teammates of Georginio Rutter can not beat the pace. And in the 81st, Iyenoma Udogie, on a counter, came to shower the hopes of the Blueberries leaving no chance to Zinga, beaten close.
Italy, finalist of the 2018 edition, will have the opportunity to win Sunday in the Irish capital its first Euro under 17 against the Netherlands, winner of Spain 1-0 in the other half. final.