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Sunday July 14 2019
Lukaku perfect for Inter

With Inter continuing their pursuit of Romelu Lukaku, Vilizar Yakimov sees the Belgian as the perfect fit for both Antonio Conte and Lautaro Martinez.

The start of Inter’s summer mercato has been nothing short of remarkable. The Nerazzurri made a serious statement with Antonio Conte’s appointment shortly after the 2018-19 season ended and they haven’t taken a step back since then.

Snapping up a defensive lynchpin like Diego Godin on a free transfer surely looks like a bargain, while the arrival of two of Italy’s brightest midfield talents in Stefano Sensi and Nicolò Barella also speak clearly about the conviction of the Nerazzurri project.

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Thursday July 11 2019
Inter: Youngster returns to Belgium

Belgium Under-19 midfielder Xian Emmers has left Inter to join Waasland-Beveren on loan with an option to buy.

The deal was confirmed in a statement on Waasland-Beveren’s official website.

Emmers moved to Inter in 2015 and went on to play for their Under-17 and Primavera teams.

The 19-year-old spent last season on loan at Serie B side Cremonese and had been linked with Standard Liege.

He joins a team who finished 12th in the Belgian top flight during the previous campaign.

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Saturday June 22 2019
Cutrone: 'I almost burst into tears'

Patrick Cutrone admits he “almost burst into tears” after breaking his five-month goal drought, but Italy’s 3-1 win over Belgium was not enough.

“It was so emotional and I almost burst into tears. I have not gone through a good period, as I haven’t played much and didn’t score since January, so it meant a lot to me,” the Milan striker told Rai Sport.

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Saturday June 22 2019
U21 Euro: Italy victory is not enough

Nicolò Barella, Patrick Cutrone and Federico Chiesa scored to beat Belgium 3-1, but Italy are still practically out of the European U21 Championship, as their chances of being the best runners-up are slim.

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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.

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Saturday June 22 2019
Di Biagio: 'Italy must win at all costs'

Gigi Di Biagio warned Italy U21s that “playing good football and not winning games is fairly futile” ahead of the crunch match with Belgium.

The final group game in the European Under-21 Championship kicks off at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

You can check the line-ups and all the action as it happens on the LIVEBLOG.

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Saturday June 22 2019
U21 Euro line-ups: Belgium v Italy

Moise Kean is dropped for turning up late to a team meeting, so Lorenzo Pellegrini, Manuel Locatelli, Federico Chiesa and Patrick Cutrone start in Italy’s must-win game with Belgium.

The concluding group match of the European Under-21 Championship kicks off at the Mapei Stadium at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

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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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Friday June 21 2019
Kean: Italy 100% motivated

Juventus striker Moise Kean has assured Italy fans that they are ‘100 percent motivated’ to beat Belgium and qualify for the Euro U21 semi-finals.

The Azzurrini take on the Belgians tomorrow night needing a win and other results to go their way after they lost 1-0 to Poland on Wednesday.

“We’re 100 percent motivated, the match with Poland is in the past and now we’re focused on Belgium,” Kean said at a Press conference.

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Friday June 21 2019
'Chiesa most impressive at U21 Euros'

Belgium CT Johan Walem admits Federico Chiesa is the player ‘that’s impressed me the most’ ahead of his country’s final Euro U21 match against Italy.

Belgium will have nothing to play for on Saturday after defeats to Poland and Spain, whereas Chiesa starred in Italy’s opener against Spain, the Fiorentina winger scoring a brace in a 3-1 win.

“We must attack Italy,” Walem, an ex-Parma and Udinese midfielder, said at a Press conference.

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