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Thursday December 10 2020
U21 Euros: Italy drawn with Spain

Italy have been placed in the same group as Spain, Slovenia and the Czech Republic in the U21 European Championship.

The tournament will be held from March 24 to June 6 and the draw was made in Nyon this afternoon.

It’s the toughest possible outcome for the Azzurrini, as both Italy and Spain hold the record with five victories in this competition.

Spain are also the holders and as such were top seeds for the tournament, which will be held between Hungary and Slovenia next year.

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Wednesday November 18 2020
Nicolato: 'Italy changed after Sweden'

Italy U21 coach Paolo Nicolato reveals he changed tactics after a defeat to Sweden, so today’s 4-1 victory shows their progress.

The Azzurrini completed their domination of the group with a 4-1 victory this evening, having already qualified for the European Under-21 Championship and made numerous changes to the squad.

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Wednesday November 18 2020
U21: Italy put four past Sweden

Giacomo Raspadori bagged a brace, with Gianluca Scamacca and Youssef Maleh also on target as the Italy U21 side beat Sweden 4-1.

The Azzurrini were already qualified for the European Championships next year, so rotated the squad with many new faces for this final group game in Pisa.

After a Gianluca Scamacca strike was saved, Italy took the lead with a scorching left-foot finish on the half-volley under the bar from Venezia midfielder Youssef Maleh. It was his first goal for Italy at Under-21 level.

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Wednesday November 18 2020
U21 line-ups: Italy v Sweden

Italy have already qualified for the European Under-21 Championship, but try out some new faces in the final group match with Sweden.

It kicks off at the Stadio Romeo Anconetani in Pisa at 16.30 GMT.

Coach Paolo Nicolato rings the changes and gets some more interesting youngsters to gain experience at this level.

He also has an intriguing front two of Sassuolo striker Giacomo Raspadori and on-form Genoa forward Gianluca Scamacca.

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Sunday November 15 2020
Nicolato: 'A thousand problems for U21s'

Italy Under-21 coach Paolo Nicolato outlines the ‘thousand problems’ they had on the road to qualifying for the European Championships.

The Azzurrini flattened Luxembourg 4-0 this evening to book their spot at the tournament in 2021.

“We started this journey two years ago, went through many problems and I called up at least 70 different players who participated to earn this qualification,” Nicolato told RAI Sport.

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Sunday November 15 2020
U21: Scamacca's Italy book Euros spot

Italy have officially qualified for the 2021 European Under-21 Championship, as Gianluca Scamacca’s brace paved the way for a 4-0 win in Luxembourg.

A victory here was enough to guarantee top spot in the group ahead of Iceland and qualification for the final phase of the Euros in 2021.

It was, inevitably, one-way traffic from the start and Scamacca stung the goalkeeper’s gloves, and he then chested down and scored on the volley from the resulting corner. It was the Genoa striker’s first Azzurrini goal in over a year.

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Sunday November 15 2020
U21: Luxembourg-Italy line-ups

Gianluca Scamacca, Riccardo Sottil and brace hero Tommaso Pobega start for Italy in the potentially decisive European Under-21 Championship qualififer with Luxembourg.

It kicks off in Differdange at 16.30 GMT.

A win would guarantee the Azzurrini top spot and with it qualification to the final phase of the European Under-21 Championship for 2021.

Spezia midfielder Pobega, who is on loan from Milan, bagged a brace to give Italy the 2-1 victory in Iceland earlier this week.

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Saturday November 14 2020
Nicolato: 'Don't take Luxembourg for granted'

Italy U21 coach Paolo Nicolato warns tomorrow’s crucial European Championship qualifier against Luxembourg is ‘like a cup final’ for the Azzurrini.

They have one foot in the competition, which will be held in March 2021 in Hungary and Slovenia, after Tommaso Pobega’s brace secured victory away to Iceland.

On Sunday at 16.30 GMT, they visit Luxembourg and a win there could well be enough to mathematically secure top spot in Group 1 ahead of the Republic of Ireland.

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Thursday November 12 2020
Pobega ‘wanted’ to be decisive

Tommaso Pobega scored a vital brace in his debut with Italy U21 against Iceland: ‘I hoped I could be decisive.’

“I was about to make my debut against Ireland but then I didn’t enter the pitch. It was my first game [with Italy U21] and I really wanted to do well,” the Milan starlet on loan at Spezia told Rai Sport.

“I hoped I could be the match winner, I did the best I could. The game was tough, the team played well,” he continued.

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Thursday November 12 2020
Nicolato: 'Players didn't know each other'

Italy U21 coach Paolo Nicolato has praised his players for a crucial win against Iceland: ‘It wasn’t easy, some of them didn’t know each other.’

“We knew it would be a tough game, Iceland had always won at home. We had a new line-up and we are satisfied. I am happy, many of our players made their debut today,” Nicolato told Rai Sport.

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