Jaakko Oksanen captained Finland’s Under-19s as they were beaten 3-0 by their Italian counterparts in Tallinn yesterday.
The game was only four minutes old when Italy took the lead; Johannes Kytilä sliced a cross into his own net from 12 yards. Alessio Riccardi made it 2-0 midway through the half as he found the bottom corner after cutting in from the left. That was how it stayed until ten minutes from time when Davide Bettella fired home from the penalty spot to complete the scoring.
Defeat leaves Finland needing help from others to qualify for the European Championship Elite Round which comes up in March. With one point from their opening two games, The Finns need to beat Estonia on Tuesday and hope that Italy beat Denmark, with a six-goal swing also required.
In Marbella, Luka Racic played 81 minutes as Denmark’s Under-20s were beaten 3-1 by Sweden. It was The Danes who took a 45th minute lead through Emil Riis Jakobsen but Sweden turned the game in a blistering ten-minute spell midway through the second-half. Viktor Gyökeres struck twice, either side of a debut goal for Isak Magnusson, as Luka’s second Under-20 cap ended in defeat. Mads Bech Sorensen again missed out as he continues to recover from injury.
Simon Andersson watched on from the bench as Jan Zamburek and the Czech Republic beat Sweden in an Under-18s friendly at St George’s Park on Saturday. The only goal of the game came 15 minutes from time as Jakub Zeronik fired home a fine free-kick just two minutes after coming on. The game was Jan’s second appearance of the week and fifth in total for his nations’ Under-18s. The Czech Republic have one more game this week, that comes tomorrow against England.