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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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Tuesday September 8 2015
Di Biagio: 'Can't waste chances'

Gigi Di Biagio warned his Italy Under-21 side they can’t “leave the game in the balance” after a 1-0 win over Slovenia.

This was the Azzurrini’s first match in qualifying for the 2017 European Championships and they hit the woodwork twice along with a series of saves.

“It was a good Italy in the second half, but before the break we played with too slow a tempo,” the Coach told Rai Sport.

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Tuesday September 8 2015
U21: Azzurrini see off Slovenia

Italy dominated Slovenia, but only won 1-0 in their first European Under-21 Championship qualifier.

The Azzurrini started the qualification process for the 2017 European Championships in Poland, facing a Slovenian side who already had two victories under their belt in this group. The other contenders are the Republic of Ireland, Serbia, Lithuania and Andorra.

Fiorentina’s Federico Bernardeschi knocked down a cross for Danilo Cataldi, the Lazio man’s fierce strike skimming the woodwork at the Mapei Stadium.

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Tuesday September 8 2015
Rugani-Romagnoli for Azzurrini

Daniele Rugani and Alessio Romagnoli start in central defence for Italy Under-21s against Slovenia.

The Azzurrini meet their neighbours in a Euro 2017 qualifier, with star striker Domenico Berardi ruled out with injury.

Howver, Rugani and Romagnoli, of Milan and Juventus respectively, start together at the heart of the defence.

The pair won plaudits for their performances in Euro 2015 in the Czech Republic this summer, with Romagnoli fetching €25m when he joined the Rossoneri from Roma.

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