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Sunday June 16 2019
Chiesa hails 'great' Italy

Federico Chiesa praised Italy for putting in a ‘great’ performance against Spain and ‘showing that we never give up’.

Chiesa was Italy’s hero at the Dall’Ara, his brace ensuring they got their European Under-21 Championship campaign off to a strong start.

“It was a great Italy performance,” the winger told Rai Sport after his country’s 3-1 win.

“We suffered for the first 20 minutes, Spain proved to be technically strong. But we showed that we never give up.

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Sunday June 16 2019
Di Biagio: No words for Chiesa!

Luigi Di Biagio hailed Italy’s ‘wonderful’ 3-1 win against Spain and admitted he had ‘no words’ for hero Federico Chiesa.

Italy kicked off their European Under-21 Championship campaign in front of a packed-out Dall’Ara on Sunday and ultimately did their fans justice.

“It’s wonderful, beautiful,” Di Biagio told Rai Sport after the game, looking towards the supporters.

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Sunday June 16 2019
Italy second-half show stuns Spain

Federico Chiesa bagged a brace as Italy came back to beat Spain 3-1 in their European Under-21 Championship opener on Sunday.

See how the action unfolded at the Dall'Ara with our liveblog!

Italy fell behind to an early Dani Ceballos goal but showed remarkable resilience and quality to get back into the game and put on a second-half show, Lorenzo Pellegrini applying the final touches with a late VAR penalty.

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Sunday June 16 2019
Italy U21 3-1 Spain U21 - as it happened

Italy open their European Under-21 Championship campaign on home soil against Spain this evening - it's LIVE on Football Italia!

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Sunday June 16 2019
Line-ups: Italy U21-Spain U21

Italy go with Nicolo Barella and a Zaniolo-Kean-Chiesa attacking trident against Spain in tonight’s European Under-21 Championship opener.

The reality paints a very different picture to Tuttomercatoweb’s predicted line-ups, with none of Giuseppe Pezzella, Alessandro Bastoni, Claud Adjapong, Sandro Tonali and Patrick Cutrone starting.

There is also a place in the middle of the park for Udinese’s Rolando Mandragora, who serves as captain.

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Sunday June 16 2019
Probable line-ups: Italy U21-Spain U21

Italy could drop Cagliari captain Nicolo Barella for their European Under-21 Championship curtain-raiser against Spain this evening.

Tuttomercatoweb reports Luigi Di Biagio will go with Lorenzo Pellegrini, Sandro Tonali and Nicolo Zaniolo in a three-man midfield, thereby affording no space to Barella.

Elsewhere, Alex Meret will get the nod over Emil Audero in goal, while an attacking trident of Federico Chiesa, Patrick Cutrone and Moise Kean is set to be unleashed.

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Saturday June 15 2019
De La Fuente: 'Italy-Spain an early Final'

Spain Coach Luis de la Fuente considers the European Under-21 Championship opener with Italy “practically an early Final.”

It kicks off in Bologna on Sunday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT) in a group with Poland and Belgium.

“This is practically an early Final,” said the Coach in his Press conference. “It’s wonderful to be here and enter a clash between two such high level teams.”

These are the most successful nations in the history of the competition, as Italy won it five times and Spain four.

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Saturday June 15 2019
Di Biagio: 'Spain already a knockout tie'

Gigi Di Biagio is fired up for Italy’s European Under-21 Championship opener against Spain. “It’s a group game, but already worth a Round of 16 tie.”

It kicks off at the Stadio Dall’Ara in Bologna on Sunday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT). The group also contains Poland and Belgium.

“We have one more training session and I’ve got a couple of doubts, so I’ll decide the line-up tomorrow,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

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Saturday June 15 2019
Barella: 'Huge U21 opportunity'

Nicolò Barella warns the European Under-21 Championship is “a huge opportunity” for hosts Italy and not just because senior-level players are returning.

Their Euros kick off against Spain on Sunday evening in Bologna at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), followed by Poland on June 19 and Belgium on June 22.

“We arrived here with the right mentality to take this huge opportunity,” said the Cagliari midfielder in his Press conference.

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Saturday June 15 2019
'Fabian vastly improved at Napoli'

Fabian Ruiz has “vastly improved” at Napoli under Carlo Ancelotti, said Spain Under-21 Coach Luis de la Fuente ahead of the European Championship opener with Italy.

It kicks off with Spain facing hosts Italy on Sunday evening in Bologna.

“I was sure that the likes of Federico Chiesa, Nicolò Zaniolo, Moise Kean, Nicolò Barella and Lorenzo Pellegrini would’ve been called up for this tournament,” the tactician told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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