Saturday June 22 2019
U21 Euro: Italy need Spain result

Italy know a victory against Belgium this evening might not be enough to secure a place in the European Under-21 Championship semi-finals.

It kicks off at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia, usually the home of Serie A side Sassuolo, at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

The Azzurrini started the campaign with a 3-1 victory over Spain, but the 1-0 defeat to Poland made qualification extremely complicated.

Gigi Di Biagio’s men have to beat Belgium, who are already eliminated after two losses, and then hope for the correct result in the other game.

They need Spain to beat Poland, but not by more than two clear goals, because otherwise that would put the Spaniards on top of the group on goal difference.

Only the three group winners go through to the semi-finals along with the best runner-up.

If Italy don’t win the group, they have a very slim chance of taking that runner-up berth, as they can at most reach six points, whereas Romania and France could draw their final group game and both go through on seven points.

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