The Azzurrini made it to the final after defeating Japan on penalties in the semis on Tuesday, while Chile qualified having eliminated the Ivory Coast.
It was a
very competitive and heated encounter, and there were fears at various points
of the match that we could have another ‘Battle of Santiago’ on our hands,
referring to the infamous game between the teams from the 1962 World Cup.
Italy were the better side throughout,
and missed a number of chances to break the deadlock. Eventually they took the lead in
the second half through the man-of-the-match Oscaldo, who ran onto a Daniele
Dessena pass to flick the ball past the Chilean goalkeeper.
Italy almost made it two through
substitute Tiberio Guarente, who lobbed the goalkeeper from near the halfway
line, only to see his effort crash off the post.
went close again, before Chile
poured forward in the closing moments looking for an equaliser, and nearly
found one with the last kick of the game, as their brilliant number 10 Pedro
Morales crashed a shot off the post from outside the area.
Italy held on to win the Toulon tournament, captain
Antonio Nocerino lifting the cup, as Pierluigi Casiraghi’s Azzurrini all celebrated.