Sunday June 16 2019
Line-ups: Italy U21-Spain U21

Italy go with Nicolo Barella and a Zaniolo-Kean-Chiesa attacking trident against Spain in tonight’s European Under-21 Championship opener.

The reality paints a very different picture to Tuttomercatoweb’s predicted line-ups, with none of Giuseppe Pezzella, Alessandro Bastoni, Claud Adjapong, Sandro Tonali and Patrick Cutrone starting.

There is also a place in the middle of the park for Udinese’s Rolando Mandragora, who serves as captain.

Spain, meanwhile, go with Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz and Real Madrid trio Jesus Vallejo, Dani Ceballos and Borja Mayoral.

The Azzurrini lost to La Rojita in both the last European U21 Championship and the 2013 Final, with their last win coming all the way back in 2006.

The match, which kicks off at 20:00 BST, is also a sell-out occasion at Bologna’s Dell’Ara stadium.

Follow Italy-Spain as it happens with our liveblog!

Italy: Meret; Calabresi, Mancini, Bonifazi, Dimarco; Barella, Mandragora, Pellegrini; Zaniolo, Kean, Chiesa

Spain: Simon: Aguirregabiria, Vallejo, Mere, Aaron; Zubeldia, Fabian; Soler, Ceballos, Oyarzabal; Mayoral

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