Netherlands U19’s came from behind to beat Italy 2-1 in a friendly match on Thursday. 

Netherlands began the game in Zeist on the front foot and created three good chances in the opening eight minutes, but Perr Schuurs headed wide, while Donyell Malen passed up two good opportunities.

Italy barely threatened but in the 25th minute they took the lead through Nicolò Zaniolo, with the striker allowed time to fire past Van de Meulenhof. At the half-hour mark, Netherlands were awarded a penalty when Justin Lonwijk was pushed over. Joel Piroe took the spot kick which was saved, but the PSV forward followed up to net on the rebound.

On the stroke of half-time, Netherlands took the lead in bizarre fashion as Donyell Malen’s free-kick missed everyone before nestling into the net.

In the second half, Netherlands remained the stronger side but failed to add to the scoreline and were nearly punished by Italy. However, Marco Olivieri’s effort hit the post.

A good and confident performance by Netherlands U19’s and they will now face Serbia in another friendly on Monday.

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