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Russia Win 2013 European Under 17 Championship After Italy Shootout Win

it was a closely contested tie in Zilina. Image: Sportsfile

it was a closely contested tie in Zilina. Image: Sportsfile

Russia have beaten Italy on penalties to win the 2013 European U17 Championship.

The two sides played out a 1-1 draw in their group game previously in the tournament and could not be separated tonight either.

It finished 0-0 tonight in Zilina, Slovakia.

Anton Mitryushkin was the penalty shootout hero as he saved from Davide Di Molfetta, Giacomo Sciacca and Andrea Palazzi.

Sergei Makarov scored the decisive penalty to give the Russians their first title since 2006 – their only previous appearance in the tournament.

The eventual shootout result didn’t favour the mood of the game as Italy had the better of the chances. Elio Capradossi almost netted his third of the tournament from defence as he headed a corner over the crossbar and Alberto Cerri was denied by Mitryushkin.

Aleksei Gasilin had the Russians best chance against the Azzurrini but couldn’t force a goal before the tie eventually went to penalties.

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