⚡️ Get the free App now
Favorites Edit

Euro 2020 Qualifiers: 3 debutants who impressed for their country

Top 5 / Top 10
Modified 20 Dec 2019, 22:20 IST

#2 Moise Kean

Italy v Liechtenstein - UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier
Italy v Liechtenstein - UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier

He was the first player born in the 2000s to play in the Champions League, when he made his debut in Europe's premier club competition for Juventus, in November 2016.

Against Finland on Saturday night, Kean started his first game for the Azzurri, as well, even capping it off with a goal in the second half to put his team 2-0 up, and well on course to victory. In doing so, he became the youngest Italian starter since Edoardo Mariani in 1912, along with being the youngest to score since 1958.

Kean started on the left wing, and tormented the defences of both Finland and Liechtenstein, scoring in both games, as Italy followed up a 2-0 win over the Finns, with a 6-0 walloping of the minnows.

While others such as Ciro Immobile, Fabio Quagliarella, Federico Bernardeschi and Matteo Politano started only one game each, Mancini kept his faith in Kean to man the left flank in both games.

Kean should've scored more than the solitary goal he managed in the match against Finland, as he had several opportunities to score, and got into several beautiful positions, only for his decision-making to let him down.

Roberto Mancini, though, knows that Kean is one of the brightest prospects for the future in his current Italian set-up, and is doing the right thing by handing the youngster so many opportunities at this early stage of his career.

Published 28 Mar 2019, 16:39 IST
Fetching more content...