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Wednesday June 19 2019
U21 Euro Liveblog: Italy-Poland

Join us for the build-up and action as it happens from Italy’s Under-21 European Championship clash with Poland.

It kicks off at the Stadio Dall’Ara in Bologna at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

If you are on a mobile device or tablet, then follow the Liveblog HERE.

The Azzurrini got off to a spectacular start in the tournament, which they are also hosting, by fighting back to beat Spain 3-1 on Sunday.

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Wednesday June 19 2019
U21 Euro line-ups: Italy v Poland

Italy bring in Claud Adjapong, Riccardo Orsolini and Patrick Cutrone for their second European Under-21 Championship match with Dawid Kownacki’s Poland.

It kicks off at the Stadio Dall’Ara in Bologna at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens on the LIVEBLOG.

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NEWS
Wednesday June 19 2019
Probable line-ups: Italy U21-Poland U21

Italy are set to bring in Riccardo Orsolini and Patrick Cutrone for tonight’s European Under-21 Championship match with Poland this evening.

Orsolini and Cutrone impressed during their substitute appearances against Spain on Sunday, Italy going on to win 3-1 with a Federico Chiesa brace.

Other than that, CT Luigi Di Biagio is expected to go with the same team who lined up against La Rojita.

Poland, meanwhile, have two familiar faces in Genoa-owned midfielder Filip Jagiello and former Sampdoria striker Dawid Kownacki.

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NEWS
Tuesday June 18 2019
Mancini: Spain sat around!

Gianluca Mancini has hit back at Spain for their criticism of Italy’s approach to their 3-1 win. “The Spanish players were always on the deck...”

Spain captain Jesus Vallejo accused Italy of being ‘very dirty’ in their European Under-21 Championship opener on Sunday, and Mancini was not impressed with La Rojita’s complaints.

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Tuesday June 18 2019
Di Biagio slams Roma & Spain

Italy Under-21 CT Luigi Di Biagio has slammed Roma for ‘hurting themselves’ over Francesco Totti and Spain for a lack of class.

The once-inseparable bond between Roma and Totti has broken after the club icon attacked James Pallotta’s board for ‘stabbing him the back’ and effectively forcing him out.

“I have an idea on the issue and I’ll talk about it with Francesco, although we’ve already talked about it,” Di Biagio, a former teammate of the No 10, said at a Press conference.

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Monday June 17 2019
Pellegrini: 'Spain should learn from Italy'

Italy Under-21 star Lorenzo Pellegrini hit back at criticism from Spain and insists “they really ought to be learning from us.”

The Azzurri fought back from an early Dani Ceballos stunner to win 3-1 in the European Under-21 Championship opener last night.

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Monday June 17 2019
Vallejo: Italy were dirty!

Spain Under-21 captain Jesus Vallejo hit out at Italy for being ‘dirty’ and ‘doesn’t know’ why Arturo Calabresi was not sent off.

Italy came back from behind to beat Spain 3-1 in their Euro U21 opener on Sunday, but Vallejo was unhappy with the Azzurri’s physical approach.

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NEWS
Monday June 17 2019
U21: Millions watch Spain win

Almost 6m tuned in to watch Italy beat Spain 3-1 in their European Under-21 Championship opener on Sunday.

The match was already a sell-out at Bologna’s Dall’Ara stadium, and the Azzurrini attracted a 29.4 percent of the available audience – amounting to 5.6m viewers.

At its peak, a 30.75% share totalling 5,937,000 were watching Rai 1’s coverage of the game.

The figures exceed the 5.3m viewers and 28.79% share garnered by the senior team’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Greece earlier in June.

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BLOG ITALIA
Monday June 17 2019
Time to worship Chiesa

Federico Chiesa lit up Italy's European Under-21 Championship opener against Spain with a brilliant brace. Giancarlo Rinaldi thinks it's time to start taking the Fiorentina winger seriously.

Every so often you witness a display where a player justifies the hype and backs up all the ballyhoo about their footballing potential. It is wonderful to watch an emerging star show all they have to offer across 90 magical minutes or so. Fiorentina's Federico Chiesa delivered just such a virtuoso performance to help Italy's Under-21s see off Spain on Sunday night.

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Sunday June 16 2019
Zaniolo avoids head injury

Nicolo Zaniolo should be fit for Italy’s next Euro U21 match after confirming his head is ‘okay’ following a nasty collision against Spain.

Zaniolo took a heavy blow to the head after Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon flew off his line to clear an incoming cross.

The Roma midfielder was then stretchered off with an icepack on his face and seemed to be on his way to hospital for a CT scan.

However, he appeared in the mixed zone after the Azzurrini’s 3-1 win to tell reporters: “I’m fine, my head is okay.”

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