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The Azzurri started the World Cup befitting their status. © IIHF

The young Azzurri start with a shutout

Italy's U18 national team started the Division IB World Championship in Talinn (Estonia) on the right foot. Robert Chizzali's team clearly prevailed against the hosts on Sunday.

The selection, which is full of 12 South Tyroleans, starts the World Cup with ambitions for promotion. Especially since there doesn't seem to be an overpowering opponent. This was confirmed on Sunday at lunchtime when relegated France sensationally lost 1-3 to newly promoted Lithuania. In contrast to the French, Italy got off to a perfect start, winning the Azzurri 4-0.


While Estonia initially had more of the game, things changed towards the end of the first third when Chizzali's troops were successful twice within 64 seconds. First Giacomo Marcazzan scored, then Alex Venturi, who has already gained experience in the adult sector with the Falcons Brixen, followed up in the power play. The decision came shortly after the restart when Jacopo De Luca, brother of Ambrì Piotta crack Tommaso De Luca, scored a penalty. In the final phase, Estonia tried with one more man, but Mark Osanna from Kalter, who is training in Lugano, made everything clear. Goalie Carlo Giordani celebrated a shutout.

U18 World Cup in Tallinn:

Estonia – Italy 0:4
Goals: 0:1 Marcazzan (16.42), 0:2 Venturi (17.46), 0:3 De Luca (21.54), 0:4 Osanna (58.52)

Lithuania – France 3:1

South Korea – Slovenia 5:3

PosCountryGamesPoints
1.Italy13
2.South Korea13
3.Lithuania13
4.Slovenia10
5.France10
6.Estonia10

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