NEWS
Saturday June 22 2019
U21 Euro Liveblog: Belgium v Italy

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from Italy’s European U21 Championship clash with Belgium, as a win might not be enough.

It kicks off at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT) at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia, more commonly known as the home of Sassuolo.

If you are on a mobile device or tablet, then follow the Liveblog HERE.

The Azzurrini beat Spain in the opener, then lost 1-0 to Poland, so a victory against Belgium is absolutely essential, but might not be enough to reach the semi-finals.

If they are to top the group, they also need Spain to beat Poland, but not by more than two clear goals, as otherwise that’d shift the goal difference in favour of La Rojita.

Only the three group winners and the best runners-up go through to the semi-finals, but Italy’s chances of taking that last spot are slim, because Romania and France both have six points with one game to go.

There was controversy this afternoon with reports Nicolò Zaniolo (who was suspended anyway) and Moise Kean were excluded from the squad for turning up late to a team meeting.

With Riccardo Orsolini injured, Kean was expected to start.