Italy clinch second place after overcoming Cyprus

In a high-stakes Group D showdown at the EuroCup tournament, Italy delivered a commanding performance to secure a resounding 4-1 victory over Cyprus, grabbing second place in the group standings.

The match got off to a blistering start as Cyprus scored an early goal from C. Kouloumbris in the 3rd minute, giving the Italians something to think about. However, Italy quickly regrouped and seized control of the game with a clinical display of attacking football.

Italy’s resurgence began with J. Fernandes finding the back of the net in the 9th minute, leveling the score and shifting the momentum in their favor. The Azzurri continued to press forward, with D. Araujo showcasing his scoring prowess with a hat-trick, netting goals in the 18th, 29th, and 36th minutes, respectively.

Despite Cyprus’ efforts to mount a comeback, Italy’s defense remained resolute, denying their opponents any further opportunities to find the back of the net.

With the final whistle blowing, Italy emerged victorious, securing second place in Group D and booking their spot in the knockout stages of the tournament. Meanwhile, Cyprus, who qualified in third place, will face Croatia in the last 16, eager to continue their EuroCup journey.

As Italy celebrates their triumph, they now turn their attention to the challenges that lie ahead in the knockout stages, aiming to build on their impressive performance and make a deep run in the competition.