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Monday September 4 2017
U21: Italy ease past Slovenia

Italy Under-21s stylishly returned to winning ways with a 4-1 victory over Slovenia on Monday.

Italy had lost back-to-back games against Spain, but goals from Andrea Favilli, Federico Chiesa, Riccardo Orsolini and man-of-the-moment Patrick Cutrone (pictured) slayed Slovenia to end 2017 on a positive note.

Manuel Locatelli’s long ball over the top was expertly taken down by Cutrone, who fired home with just his second touch.

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Sunday September 3 2017
Di Biagio: 'Different Under-21 side'

Italy Under-21 Coach Gigi Di Biagio expects “a very different match” against Slovenia tomorrow after their loss to Spain.

Fresh from a 3-0 friendly defeat to Spain in Toledo on Friday evening, the Azzurrini host Slovenia on Monday at 20.15 UK time (19.15 GMT).

“It was a game that will help us to grow and allowed us to realise what stage the new guys were at,” said Di Biagio in his Press conference.

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Wednesday November 18 2015
Handanovic quits Slovenia

Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic announced his international retirement after Slovenia failed to qualify for Euro 2016.

His side was held 1-1 in the play-offs this evening, losing 3-1 on aggregate to Ukraine.

“All I can say is that I am done with the national team,” Handanovic told reporters.

The 31-year-old shot-stopper has been a senior international for 10 years, making his debut on November 17 2004.

He put together 79 caps for Slovenia.

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Sunday October 18 2015
Euro 2016 play-offs draw

The Euro 2016 play-offs are Bosnia v Ireland, Norway v Hungary, Ukraine-Slovenia and the Scandinavian derby Denmark v Sweden.

The draw was performed today as the final step towards qualification for the tournament in France next year.

Roma stars Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko are expected to feature heavily when Bosnia-Herzegovina take on the Republic of Ireland.

Samir Handanovic’s Slovenia go head-to-head with Ukraine and Norway, who finished third in Italy’s group behind Croatia, will fight it out with Hungary.

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Monday October 12 2015
Hamsik fires Slovakia to Euros

Napoli’s Marek Hamsik got a double, as Slovakia confirmed their place at Euro 2016.

The Slovakians only needed to match Ukraine’s result to be sure of sealing a spot in the tournament, and secured a nervy 4-2 win.

Hamsik opened the scoring following a pass from Vladimir Weiss, who later provided assists for Adam Nemec and Robert Mak.

The Repre seemed to be cruising to France, but were made to sweat by second-half goals from Mario Mutsch and Lars Gerson. However, captain Hamsik put the result beyond doubt with a fourth in injury time.

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Thursday October 8 2015
Di Biagio: 'Still not enough'

Gigi Di Biagio warned Italy Under-21s are “still not close to what I’d like” despite a 3-0 win in Slovenia.

The Azzurrini have a 100 per cent record in qualifying so far, beating Slovenia 1-0 at home and this evening 3-0 with Marco Benassi and a Gaetano Monachello brace.

“It was very similar to the first leg, so we need to raise the tempo and play better. We created a lot, but are still not close enough to what I’d like.

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Thursday October 8 2015
U21: Azzurrini dominate Slovenia

Gaetano Monachello bagged a brace with Marco Benassi as Italy Under-21s conquered Slovenia 3-0 in a Euro qualifier.

The Azzurrini had beaten Slovenia 1-0 back in September with a Federico Bernardeschi penalty. It was their only game so far in qualifying for the 2017 European Under-21 Championships, while the hosts followed that up with two victories.

Luka Zahovic drilled inches wide early on, as did Rolando Mandragora, then a smart free kick routine saw Grega Sorcan parry from Bernardeschi at the near post.

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Thursday October 8 2015
Line-ups: Slovenia-Italy U21

Federico Bernardeschi, Marco Benassi and Alessio Romagnoli are among starters in Italy’s Under-21 Euro qualifier with Slovenia.

It kicks off at 17.30 UK time (16.30 GMT) in Koper.

The Azzurrini beat Slovenia 1-0 back in September with a Federico Bernardeschi penalty and that remains their only game so far in qualifying.

Slovenia have since played and won another two matches to lead Group 2 alongside Serbia, also on six points.

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Wednesday October 7 2015
Di Biagio: 'Slovenia have changed'

Gigi Di Biagio warns his Italy Under-21s that Slovenia “have changed” since their last meeting.

The Azzurrini visit Koper for tomorrow’s European Championship qualifier, kicking off at 17.30 UK time (16.30 GMT).

“It will be a hard-fought and difficult game. I expect a very different side to the one we faced a month ago,” said Coach Di Biagio in his Press conference.

On September 8, Italy beat Slovenia 1-0 in Reggio Emilia thanks to a Federico Bernardeschi penalty.

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Tuesday September 8 2015
Bernardeschi: 'Fight for my place'

Federico Bernardeschi scored for the Italy Under-21 side and said he’ll “fight for my place at Fiorentina.”

The forward converted a penalty in today’s 1-0 victory over Slovenia, the first game of qualifying for the 2017 European Under-21 Championship.

“Wearing the Number 10 shirt for Italy is an emotional moment, even at Under-21 level,” he told Radio Blu.

“I’ll fight for my place at Fiorentina every week.”

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