The second round of matchdays at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009 brings a Group A clash between Italy and Trinidad and Tobago. The European runners-up and the fourth-placed team from the CONCACAF zone will face off at the Cairo International Stadium.
After drawing their opening match 0-0 against Paraguay, Italy will have one foot in the second round already if they win on Monday. Trinidad and Tobago on the other hand are behind the eight-ball after starting their campaign with a 4-1 loss to host nation Egypt. Defeat at the hands of the Azzurrini would make it virtually impossible for the Caribbean team to progress.
4 - At least four goals have been scored in Italy's last three matches against CONCACAF opponents at a FIFA U-20 World Cup. In 1987, Italy battled to a 2-2 draw with Canada before beating the same opponents 4-1 in 2005. They then went on to beat USA 3-1 in the Round of 16 that year.
"We're happy enough with the start we got off to. It's going to be a long and hard tournament and the first match is always a tough one. We watched our other group opponents, Egypt and Trinidad and Tobago, in their opener and that was a great match with a wonderful atmosphere. Egypt were the better team but Trinidad and Tobago showed what they were capable of and we won't be underestimating them," Francesco Rocca, Italy coach.
"We're obviously disappointed we lost our opening match particularly since we played very well in the first half. We have to put this result behind us, build on the decent performance and do the same again, this time over the 90 minutes," Leston Paul, Trinidad and Tobago midfielder and captain.