Nicolato’s Italy stops in the quarter-finals of the Under 21 European Championships. The Azzurri are beaten 5-3 by Portugal in Ljubljana, after extra time, in a very tight match. Decisive goals from Jota and Conceicao in the second extra period after the Azzurri were left in ten for Lovato’s expulsion. In the 90 ‘Portugal ahead with the beautiful brace of the Lusitanian forward of Monza Dany Mota and the goal of Ramos. For the Azzurri the goals of Pobega, Scamacca and Cutrone. Portugal goes to the semifinals and will face Spain. In Ljubljana, Nicolato relies on his usual 3-5-2, very compact, with Raspadori and Scamacca up front and the incursions of two half-wingers who are very good at entering like Frattesi and Pobega. At 6 ‘Portugal immediately took the lead with a great goal from Dany Mota. On a corner the ball that dances in the blue penalty area after a deviation by Pobega, a fantastic overturned by the Monza attacker on which Carnesecchi can do nothing. Italy tries to react but the first real danger at the Lusitanian goal arrives at 24 ‘with a violent conclusion by Pobega from outside the area, with the ball ending just a little to the side. At 31 ‘, however, Portugal doubles. Another fatal corner for the Azzurri. Direct ball on the far post, Bragança heads back into the small area: Dany Mota anticipates Bellanova with the tip of the right foot and with the left kick in a very powerful way under the crossbar. Isolated, however, he does not give up and at 45 “shortens the distance. Another decisive corner: Frattesi with his head extends for Pobega who controls in two halves at the far post and bags with his left foot from two steps. At the start of the second half dangerous blues. Room from the left for Frattesi who hits very hard with his head but Diogo Costa manages to find the reflex to save his own goal. In the best moment of Italy Portugal passes again: at 13 ‘Queiros anticipates Lovato with his head, Ramos is the quickest of all to go on the ball and beat Carnesecchi with a very delicate touch of first intention. Thirty seconds pass and the Azzurri shorten it again. can miss from two steps to the 3-2. At 23 ‘still the formation of Rui Jorge dangerous. Carnesecchi’s imprecise exit after a shot by Queiros walled, Dany Mota with the head overtakes the goalkeeper , Ranieri on the line avoids the hat-trick of the Monza center forward. At 43 ‘of the second half the blue forcing bears fruit thanks to the new entrants Sottil and Crotone. The winger goes off very well on the left, jumps two opponents and puts a ball in the middle on which Cutrone’s touch in advance at the near post for the 3-3 is amazing. We go to extra time. At 1 ‘, however, Italy remains in ten. Air clash between the blue defender Lovato and Dany Mota, the elbow of the central is very wide: second yellow and expulsion. At 8 Cutrone points and jumps Queiros and crosses with the right: Diogo Costa almost lets the ball pass under his hand, manages to save Portugal. At 5 ‘of the second overtime Portugal again ahead: Jota asks for and gets the triangle from Barò and in front of Carnesecchi makes no mistake with the right for the 4-3. Italy returns immediately forward but Cutrone’s first intention shot touches the post to the right of the Lusitanian goalkeeper. In the final the Azzurri were very tired and Portugal closed the score 5-3 with Conceicao.