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Wednesday March 31 2021
U21 Euros: Italy to face Portugal

Italy will face Portugal in the European Under-21 Championship quarter-final on May 31, but England are eliminated.

The Azzurrini booked their spot in the tournament last night thanks to a 4-0 win over Slovenia.

Portugal joined them today with their 3-0 victory against Switzerland.

That means they top Group D with a 100 per cent record and will be the opponents for Italy in the first knockout round of the competition.

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Tuesday March 30 2021
Cutrone: 'Always ready for my chance'

Patrick Cutrone admits he is ‘not getting the playing time’ he wants at club level, but his two goals for Italy in the European Under-21 Championship show what he can do.

The former Milan striker took centre stage this evening in a 4-0 win over Slovenia, scoring twice and seeing a penalty saved, as well as several other chances to complete his hat-trick.

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Tuesday March 30 2021
Nicolato 'very proud' of Azzurrini

Coach Paolo Nicolato is ‘very proud’ to reach the European Under-21 Championship quarter-final and tells off his Italy players for not ‘understanding’ the referees after another red card.

The Azzurrini needed a victory over Slovenia to be sure of reaching the quarter-finals and they had it locked down before half-time with Giulio Maggiore, Giacomo Raspadori and Patrick Cutrone goals.

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Tuesday March 30 2021
U21 Euros: Italy book quarter-final spot

Patrick Cutrone scored twice and saw a penalty saved, as Italy beat Slovenia 4-0 to reach the European Under-21 Championship quarter-finals, but still managed another red card.

As Spain beat the Czech Republic 2-0, they top the group, with Italy going through in second place.

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Tuesday March 30 2021
U21 Euros: Italy v Slovenia line-ups

Italy have four suspended players, but can still secure their place in the European Under-21 Championship quarter-finals with a win against Slovenia.

It kicks off at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT) in Maribor, as Slovenia are co-hosting the tournament.

The Azzurrini had a rough start with two draws, 1-1 against the Czech Republic and 0-0 with Spain.

In both those games, they had two men sent off, so Gianluca Scamacca and Nicolò Rovella sit out bans, along with Enrico Del Prato and Sandro Tonali.

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Sunday March 28 2021
Carnesecchi key to Atalanta problem?

Atalanta refuse to decide between their two goalkeepers, but Marco Carnesecchi’s performances for the Under-21 Italy side could put him in front of them both.

Coach Gian Piero Gasperini has rotated Marco Sportiello and Pierluigi Gollini, with both having difficulties and weaknesses.

There have already been multiple reports that Gollini will be put up for sale, with Inter, Roma and Milan interested in his services.

However, Atalanta could well have the answer on their books already, as Carnesecchi is a product of their youth academy.

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Saturday March 27 2021
Utterly infuriating Under-21s

Everything from the officiating to the negative attitude, a catatonic touchline presence, the dark old days without VAR to the lack of self-respect for Calcio that we saw in Spain-Italy Under-21s infuriated Susy Campanale.

Everything about the Italy Under-21 European Championship draw with Spain was absolutely infuriating. From the officiating to the pathetic attitude shown by the Azzurrini to the ludicrous play-acting of the Spaniards, all the way through to coach Paolo Nicolato declaring himself ‘satisfied’ with that shower some of us were forced to sit through on a Saturday night.

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Saturday March 27 2021
Nicolato: 'Red cards over the top'

Italy U21 coach Paolo Nicolato insists he is ‘satisfied’ with the 0-0 draw against Spain, but another two red cards were ‘over the top.’

The result keeps their chances of qualification alive, because Slovenia and the Czech Republic also drew 1-1 in the other game.

It means Spain have four points, Italy and the Czech Republic two, Slovenia one.

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Saturday March 27 2021
U21 Euros: Italy see red with Spain

Italy held Spain to a 0-0 draw to keep their European Under-21 Championship alive, but again ended with nine men after some extremely harsh refereeing decisions.

The Azzurrini had drawn the opener with the Czech Republic while down to nine men, so Sandro Tonali, Riccardo Marchizza and Matteo Gabbia were suspended, so with Matteo Ricci injured, they had only six outfield players on the bench. Spain kept Roma midfielder Gonzalo Villar, but Milan’s Brahim Diaz dropped to the bench after a knock to the foot.

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Saturday March 27 2021
Nicolato: 'Azzurrini control own destiny'

Italy U21 coach Paolo Nicolato insists they can ‘take control of our own destiny’ in the showdown with Spain tonight.

It kicks off at 20.00 GMT, you can check the line-ups here.

This is particularly crucial, as the Azzurrini were held 1-1 by the Czech Republic in their opening European Under-21 Championship match.

“We need a little bit of luck, perhaps the luck we were missing in the first game,” Nicolato told RAI Sport.

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