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Saturday June 22 2019
Report: Kean and Zaniolo punished

There are reports Moise Kean and Nicolò Zaniolo have been excluded from the Italy U21 squad for tardiness ahead of the crunch match with Belgium.

The final group game kicks off tonight at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT) at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia.

According to Il Romanista and SiamoLaRoma.it, both Roma midfielder Zaniolo (who was suspended tonight anyway) and Juventus striker Kean (who was expected to start) have been punished by Coach Gigi Di Biagio.

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Saturday June 22 2019
Pellegrini gives Azzurrini hope

Italy are on the back foot in the U21 European Championship, but Jay Cassano sees Lorenzo Pellegrini’s reemergence as a welcome surprise.

With the Azzurini’s defeat to Poland, their future is no long in their own hands. They now need to beat Belgium and hope for just the right result from Spain-Poland. Disappointment abounds for a squad bursting from the seams with talent in a tournament that they really ought to have grabbed by the horns.

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Saturday June 22 2019
U21 Euro: All-star trident for Italy

Italy absolutely have to beat Belgium and hope for European U21 Championship progress, so we should see Moise Kean, Patrick Cutrone and Federico Chiesa together.

The final group game kicks off at Sassuolo’s Mapei Stadium at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

After a win and defeat, the Azzurrini need to beat Belgium and hope Spain see off Poland by no more than two clear goals.

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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.

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Thursday June 20 2019
Barella: 'Italy boys must be men'

Nicolò Barella urged Italy to “be men against Belgium” and trust Spain to get the necessary result in the European Under-21 Championship.

The Azzurrini beat Spain 3-1 in their opener, but a shock 1-0 defeat to Poland last night means victory over Belgium on Saturday might not be enough to secure qualification for the semi-finals.

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Thursday June 20 2019
Shoulder injury for Orsolini

Bologna winger Riccardo Orsolini is out of Italy’s U21 European Championship clash with Belgium after suffering a shoulder subluxation.

The Azzurrini player came off at half-time during last night’s 1-0 defeat to Poland, but revealed to Sky Sport Italia he’d been playing through the pain.

“I got hurt 10 minutes in, but eventually it got too bad,” he told reporters with his arm in a sling.

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Wednesday June 19 2019
Azzurrini still offer hope for Italy

Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall maintains Italy’s U21 future is bright, regardless of their defeat to Poland.

The Stadio Dall’Ara in Bologna had been raucous and in the end infectious for the Azzurrini, as they came from behind to beat a good Spanish team by 3-1 in the first game of the Under-21 European Championship. As they stepped on to the same field to face Poland, they did it with the knowledge that their former opponents had beaten Belgium hours before. This meant that a win would see Italy go through to the next round, so could they do it with the same style?

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Wednesday June 19 2019
U21 Euro: Italy must win and wait

Italy must beat Belgium and hope for the best from Spain, potentially having to wait until Monday, if they are to reach the European U21 Championship semi-final.

The Azzurrini beat Spain 3-1, but lost 1-0 to Poland this evening, leaving them on three points with the Spaniards, while the Polish outfit have six.

Now Italy must beat already-eliminated Belgium on Saturday, but that might not be enough.

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Wednesday June 19 2019
Gravina: 'Don't let Italy heads drop'

FIGC President Gabriele Gravina urged Italy “not to let our heads drop now” after a European U21 Championship defeat to Poland.

The Azzurrini had beaten Spain 3-1 on Sunday, but undid all that good work this evening with a 1-0 result.

“It was a difficult, complicated and bitter evening for the result, but we have to concentrate on the final group game,” the Federation chief told Rai Sport.

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Wednesday June 19 2019
Mandragora: 'It didn't go well'

Rolando Mandragora missed a sitter in Italy’s 1-0 European U21 Championship defeat to Poland. “Now we need to hope for the best.”

The Azzurrini had 31 attempts on goal and 64 per cent possession, but still lost 1-0 and their qualification for the semi-finals is now seriously in doubt.

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