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Rosucci-martina-national-japanPutting the defeat with South Korea behind (0-2) that has strongly compromised the chances of passage of the round, the National Women's Under 20 has resumed work in view of the last and decisive race of the group with Nigeria in program Sunday in Kobe (hours 9.20 in Italy, live Raisport 1). A race without appeal for the Italian team that, after the positive debut with Brazil (1-1) and the setback with the Koreans, to continue their journey in the FIFA World Championship must necessarily beat the strong African team, leaders of the group, with at least two goals difference. A high-risk race for Italy, forced not only to chase its first victory in an Under 20 World Cup (so far 2 draws and 3 defeats considering participation in the 2004 edition), but also to score more than one goal. The team meanwhile, after the last day spent yesterday in Saitama's retreat, moved this morning to Kobe: aboard a modern "bullet train" of the Japanese railways, the Italian team reached their destination after about three hours of travel. In the afternoon, then, official training at the Universiade Memorial Stadium in Kobe, stage of the last race of the group. About an hour of work for the girls, partly athletic and half-way. Good news from the blue locker room with Elisa Alborghetti returning to the field, absent for several days due to an ankle sprain remedied in the opening match with Brazil: the midfielder took part in today's training session, playing the athletic part with the team and then continue with a differentiated work carried out under the eyes of the staff.
In the blue retreat meanwhile the team captain Martina Rosucci is revealing her impressions on the first two games played: "Against Brazil there was a lot of fear in us for the debut - he comments - however, talking about it together with our companions, we succeeded in turning this tension into anger and concentration and we saw on the field, against Korea, instead, we totally missed the mental approach and we took the field perhaps less concentrated in the presence of an adversary that on paper might have seemed more affordable. they are excuses, we hurt ourselves with our own hands ". The captain of the National team, European champion under 19 in the 2008, does not throw in the towel and with Nigeria he promises battle: "The race on Sunday will surely be very difficult - he continues - against a strong team, at the top of the group standings and that he plays with a serenity and freshness that is difficult to find in our football, but they also have weak points, starting with the defense, and the defeat against South Korea has certainly thrown us down a bit, but our team has a few blows always provided excellent performance. I am confident and by playing as against Brazil we can still take away a lot of satisfaction ".

Paolo Arsillo

FIGC Press Office

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