Youth team of Italy deserves to hold the title of the champion at Men’s 18 EHF tournament. Italy made a very good impression by showing their outstanding performance, they won all the matches, and are worthy of champion’s title.
Italy defeated Belarus in the final. This was the match between strong rivals, but Italy did not allow their opponents to advance even once during the game. In the 23rd minute of the first half, Belarus were able to level the score. In the second half Italy dominated and their advantage became more and more obvious. There were two occasions when Italy led by eight goals.
Belarus took the second place, needless to say that they also showed an impressive performance. They lost two matches, one against Georgia and the other against Italy in the final.
The best players of the final were Mengon from Italy and Budzeika from Belarus.
Simone Mengon (Italy): The start of the game was hard for us, we were very excited for the finals and we tried to play well, today is a great day. We had won and we are very happy. We enyojed the championship, we had fun. We play a good level of handball and we will work hard to play against the A group in the future.
Giuseppe Tedesco (Italy, Head Coach): It’s the first timeItaly wins a competition of thi level, we are very hqppy, we’re in the sky in this moment. I want to thank my players at first, because they played 6 fantastic matches. I want to thank staff too. 10 out of 10.
Aleh Shareika (Belarus, Head Coach): I think that the Italian team deserved to win this championship and take the first place, I think that they looked better than anyone else in this championship.
Yahor Budzeika (Belarus, RB): At the beginning everyone started suicidally, making hurried throws, then guys got cool and the score was draw. I think if we stayed that cool than we might have shown a good game in offence and done everything. Italian goalkeeper played good. I think that we tried, it’s also going to be an experience for us, but I congratulate the Italian team, they did a good job and they deserved it. I would rate my team with a 10 out of 10.
Italy 31-26 Belarus