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Saturday June 22 2019
U21 Euro: Italy victory is not enough

Nicolò Barella, Patrick Cutrone and Federico Chiesa scored to beat Belgium 3-1, but Italy are still practically out of the European U21 Championship, as their chances of being the best runners-up are slim.

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Saturday June 22 2019
U21 Euro Liveblog: Belgium v Italy

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from Italy’s European U21 Championship clash with Belgium, as a win might not be enough.

It kicks off at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT) at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia, more commonly known as the home of Sassuolo.

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Saturday June 22 2019
Di Biagio: 'Italy must win at all costs'

Gigi Di Biagio warned Italy U21s that “playing good football and not winning games is fairly futile” ahead of the crunch match with Belgium.

The final group game in the European Under-21 Championship kicks off at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

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Saturday June 22 2019
U21 Euro line-ups: Belgium v Italy

Moise Kean is dropped for turning up late to a team meeting, so Lorenzo Pellegrini, Manuel Locatelli, Federico Chiesa and Patrick Cutrone start in Italy’s must-win game with Belgium.

The concluding group match of the European Under-21 Championship kicks off at the Mapei Stadium at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

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Saturday June 22 2019
Report: Kean and Zaniolo punished

There are reports Moise Kean and Nicolò Zaniolo have been excluded from the Italy U21 squad for tardiness ahead of the crunch match with Belgium.

The final group game kicks off tonight at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT) at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia.

According to Il Romanista and SiamoLaRoma.it, both Roma midfielder Zaniolo (who was suspended tonight anyway) and Juventus striker Kean (who was expected to start) have been punished by Coach Gigi Di Biagio.

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Saturday June 22 2019
Pellegrini gives Azzurrini hope

Italy are on the back foot in the U21 European Championship, but Jay Cassano sees Lorenzo Pellegrini’s reemergence as a welcome surprise.

With the Azzurini’s defeat to Poland, their future is no long in their own hands. They now need to beat Belgium and hope for just the right result from Spain-Poland. Disappointment abounds for a squad bursting from the seams with talent in a tournament that they really ought to have grabbed by the horns.

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Saturday June 22 2019
U21 Euro: All-star trident for Italy

Italy absolutely have to beat Belgium and hope for European U21 Championship progress, so we should see Moise Kean, Patrick Cutrone and Federico Chiesa together.

The final group game kicks off at Sassuolo’s Mapei Stadium at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

After a win and defeat, the Azzurrini need to beat Belgium and hope Spain see off Poland by no more than two clear goals.

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Saturday June 22 2019
U21 Euro: Italy need Spain result

Italy know a victory against Belgium this evening might not be enough to secure a place in the European Under-21 Championship semi-finals.

It kicks off at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia, usually the home of Serie A side Sassuolo, at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

The Azzurrini started the campaign with a 3-1 victory over Spain, but the 1-0 defeat to Poland made qualification extremely complicated.

Gigi Di Biagio’s men have to beat Belgium, who are already eliminated after two losses, and then hope for the correct result in the other game.

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Friday June 21 2019
Kean: Italy 100% motivated

Juventus striker Moise Kean has assured Italy fans that they are ‘100 percent motivated’ to beat Belgium and qualify for the Euro U21 semi-finals.

The Azzurrini take on the Belgians tomorrow night needing a win and other results to go their way after they lost 1-0 to Poland on Wednesday.

“We’re 100 percent motivated, the match with Poland is in the past and now we’re focused on Belgium,” Kean said at a Press conference.

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Friday June 21 2019
'Chiesa most impressive at U21 Euros'

Belgium CT Johan Walem admits Federico Chiesa is the player ‘that’s impressed me the most’ ahead of his country’s final Euro U21 match against Italy.

Belgium will have nothing to play for on Saturday after defeats to Poland and Spain, whereas Chiesa starred in Italy’s opener against Spain, the Fiorentina winger scoring a brace in a 3-1 win.

“We must attack Italy,” Walem, an ex-Parma and Udinese midfielder, said at a Press conference.

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