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Monday June 24 2019
Italy to punish Kean & Zaniolo?

Italy CT Roberto Mancini could leave Moise Kean and Nicolo Zaniolo out of his squad for September’s Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Kean and Zaniolo were omitted from Italy’s 3-1 victory over Belgium at the U21 Euros on Saturday for lateness.

However, Gazzetta dello Sport warns they have previous, as seen by Mancini’s decision not to field the pair against Greece and Bosnia-Herzegovina earlier in the month.

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Sunday June 23 2019
U21 Euro: Italy still in it...

Italy are still in the running for a European Under-21 Championship semi-final place, but it all depends on France-Romania tomorrow.

The Azzurrini finished on six points, behind Spain in their three-way record on goal difference with Poland.

It means their only chance of reaching the semi-final is to be the best runners-up out of the three groups.

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Sunday June 23 2019
Sassuolo seek Caputo and Cicaldau

Sassuolo are close to Empoli striker Francesco Caputo, while they are targeting Romania U21 international midfielder Alexandru Cicaldau.

According to Tuttomercatoweb and Sportitalia, the Neroverdi have moved ahead of Genoa in the race for Caputo.

The centre-forward turns 32 in August and had a sensational Serie A season, scoring 16 goals with three assists in 38 games.

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Sunday June 23 2019
U21s dangerously unbalanced

Luigi Di Biagio’s side Italy are on the verge of European U21 Championship elimination and Vilizar Yakimov thinks they’ve lost their balance.

Playing attacking football doesn’t always win you games. That phrase perfectly describes the situation of the Azzurrini in the European Under-21 Championship, as Luigi Di Biagio’s men demonstrated aggressive and at times even some mesmerizing football during their three games, but yet somehow are still on the verge of elimination.

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Sunday June 23 2019
Di Biagio defends U21 tenure

Gigi Di Biagio explained his decision to drop Moise Kean for disciplinary reasons and defended his work in six years with the Under-21 Italy squad.

They were among the favourites to win the European Championship as the host nation, but could well be out in the group stage despite a 3-1 win over Belgium.

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Saturday June 22 2019
Chiesa: 'All we can do is wait'

Federico Chiesa “knew losing to Poland was very damaging” to their European U21 Championship and all Italy can do now is wait and hope.

The Azzurrini beat both Spain and Belgium 3-1, but the 1-0 defeat to Poland put all three teams on six points and the three-way goal difference put Italy second.

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Saturday June 22 2019
U21 Euro: Italy qualify if...

Italy must wait and see if they are the best runners-up to qualify for the European U21 Championship semi-finals, but the chances are slim.

The Azzurrini finished second in Group A with six points and a goal difference of +3.

Spain and Poland also had six points, so that order was decided by goal difference in their three-way record, putting La Rojita on top.

Now Gigi Di Biagio’s men must wait and see how the other Groups conclude before seeing if they make it into the semi-finals.

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Saturday June 22 2019
Locatelli: 'Only ourselves to blame'

Manuel Locatelli confessed Italy “shouldn’t have put ourselves in this situation,” as they must wait and hope other results go their way.

The Azzurrini beat Spain and Belgium 3-1, but the 1-0 defeat to Poland ruined everything.

With Spain, Italy and Poland all on six points, the group was decided by goal difference in their head-to-head matches, putting the Spaniards on top.

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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
Di Biagio: 'Italy must wait and see'

Italy U21 Coach Gigi Di Biagio believes they “had the most shots on goal” in the European Championship, but must wait and hope other results go their way.

The Azzurrini beat Belgium 3-1, but are second in the group behind Spain on head-to-head goal difference after their 5-0 victory over Poland.

It means all they can do is hope to be the best runners-up out of the three groups, but the chances are very slim, as a France-Romania draw would knock Italy out.

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