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Italia Sub-21 ITA21
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Federico Chiesa 35', Federico Chiesa 63', Lorenzo Pellegrini 81'
España Sub-21 ESP21
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Dani Ceballos 8'
Full-time

Italy come from behind to school Spain in Euro U-21 opener

Italy come from behind to school Spain in Euro U-21 opener

Italy vs Spain Euro U-21: live!

90+5

GAME OVER! 

90+2

Rafa Mir with an effort that Meret parries. Spain looking for one back but they've been stunted ever since Ceballos scored that first goal.

90+1

Five minutes of added time.

90

Cutrone fouled and Italy have a free. Sent in and its out for a goalkick. 

87

Bastoni coming on. Bonafazi off.

85

Rafa Mir on for Oyarzabal.

84

Italy fans in party mode now.

82

Pellegrini, the man who was fouled, ends this one. 3-1 as he sends Simon the wrong way.

82

Soler booked and Italy win the penalty.

80

Solr pulled Pellegrini back but it looked like it started outside the box. 

80

VAR! The referee foes back and has a look at a potential penalty. 

78

Ceballos with a lovely move in the penalty area. He leaves Mandragora for dead and fires over.

78

Italy retreating now. Spain should get one more chance at least.

77

It's short and wasted. Spain concede a free as Italy try to counter.

77

Soler and Oyarzabal stand over it.

76

Fornals pulled back by Dimarco and Spain win a free.

73

Long ball down to Cutrone after a dangerous attack from Spain. Simon grabs it. Spain back on the attack.

72

Mere and Barella clash heads and the two of them hit the ground.

72

Free sent in and Meret punches away.

71

Chiesa gets away with another one on Ceballos.

70

Ceballos taken down and Orsalini booked for a foul earlier.

69

He's back up but that looked really sore.

68

Oyazrzabal caught in the ribs. Looked like a late challenge and he is down and hurt. Dimarco the man who did it. 

67

Chiesa chops Mere down late. No yellow but that was really late and cynical.

67

Zubeldia off for Fornals.

64

GOAL! Chiesa scores. Ball in from the right and Cutrone takes it down. He loses it after being pulled down. It falls to Chiesa and he finishes from close range.

62

Lovely move as Ceballos plays it to Soler and he looks for the man inside. Meret out to grab it. Nice, flowing move from Spain.

61

Corner straight onto the head of Vallejo. He cushions a header towards goal but he should have attacked it. Spain better in the last couple of minutes.

60

Kean off for Cutrone. The Juve attacker is not happy.

61

Lovely cross down the left as it goes straight across goals. Bonifazi forced to put it out for a corner. Dangerous ball.

59

Long ball as Simon grabs it and Orsolini tries to get to it. The keeper in a dominant position though.

58

Spain struggling to bring the ball out from the back. 

57

Corner for Italy. Long ball to the back post as Kean tries to head it over Mere. Out for a throw for Spain in the end.

56

Pedraza and Fornals warming up for Spain.

55

Lovely move again by Spain. Soler ends up shooting and it's saved by Meret. 

53

Long ball down to Oyarzabal and it bounces out for a throw. He hasn't been able to settle into this one at all.

51

Kean takes off now after a mistake by Spain. He plays it backwards but it's behind his man. Shot comes in and Spain clear for a throw. Italy the more confident team.

51

Merino loses the ball and Chiesa curls one just wide. Simon at full stretch as it rolled by him.

50

Mandragora fouls Ceballos as he races forward without the ball. Booking for Italy's captain.

49

Italy piling on the pressure again but Spain looking decent on the break.

48

Subdued start to the second half here. 

47

Corner for Spain as Dimarco ends up on the ground. Mere pushed him over but really not much in that for a big defender like Dimarco.

46

Chiesa with a foul on Aaron as he falls over him and then pushes his head into the ground.

46

We are back underway.

Merino on for Fabian Ruiz at half-time.

Teams back in the tunnel and ready to emerge back onto the field.

They've been very physical indeed.

45+4

HALF-TIME! Great half of football.

45+4

Ball down to Kean as he takes it down. Vallejo gets rounded but Kean hits the ground. No penalty.

45+3

Long ball from Mancini but that's over everyone and out for a goalkick.

45+2

Chiesa down and that was a really heavy hit. He gets back to his feet but is limping.

45+2

Vallejo brings it out for Spain. They finally get a move forward and Soler takes Chiesa out of it with a late challenge. Really, really sore.

45+1

Four minutes of added time. Ceballos getting some fairly heavy-handed treatment. 

45

Shot from Dimarco coming off the left. Saved by Unai Simon.

45

Chiesa fouled by Soler. Spain really struggling to get on the ball. Italy's intensity starting to pay dividends. 

43

Corner for Italy.

42

Zaniolo off as Orsolini comes on.

41

Zaniolo can't continue after taking that blow to the head from Unai Simon.

40

Spain back on the ball. Fabian looks out to the right. Whistles from Italian fans, who want the ball back. 

39

Spain just hanging on now at this stage.

39

Kean on the left. Vallejo does really well to keep him out and Spain win it back before clearing. Now Italy have it. 

38

Calabresi with the cross now and it's blocked by Aaron. Corner for Italy.

37

Now we have a game! Italy have finally found their feet. 

36

GOAL! Chiesa down the left and Simon cheats it and gets beat at his near post. Dreadful goal to concede.

36

Italy have definitely improved as Chiesa runs down the left.

35

Goalkick. Kean gets the ball close to goal but it bounces up awkwardly to him and he can't connect.

34

Kean on the ball on the left. He has a man outside him but goes alone and tries to cross. Blocked by Vallejo. Corner for Italy.

33

Pellegrini with a low shot now that is blocked as Italy improve after the stoppage.

32

Shot from Mandragora as it flies over the bar.

31

Two players back up and it looks like they will be okay to play on. 

29

Unai Simon comes out and punches away. He takes two players with him in the process. Zaniolo is one of them and Aaron is the other. That was a really heavy collision.

28

Italy need to calm down. Another foul by Pellegrini as he gives Ceballos a little kick after the foul. 

27

Lovely move by Ceballos again to free up Soler. He hits the ground but the referee tells him to get up.

26

Mere gets a leg in front of Kean to win it back for Spain.

25

Zaniolo booked now for a foul on Mere. He catches him in the face with a stray hand. Italy being a little bit overzealous so far.

25

Free for Italy. It's played short out to Chiesa and it's out for a throw. 

24

Kean pulled down by Vallejo and he gets booked. The pair are squaring up to each other as the ref calms them down.

24

Another nice move and spell on the ball by Spain. Ends with a Fabian shot and a counter from Italy.

22

Italy break from the corner but Spain stop them and start their own attack. 

Some early statistics.

possession
38.4% 61.6%
possession/5 minutes
  • 0
  • 15
  • 30
  • 45
  • 60
  • 75
  • 90
  • 42% 57%
  • 30% 69%
  • 47% 52%
Yellow cards
1
0
red cards
0
0
fouls won
1
5
fouls commited
5
1
lost balls
26
25
ball recovered
9
13
offsides
0
0
penalties
0
0
goalkeeper interventions
0
0
21

Soler has a crack now from where Ceballos scored. The shot catches an Italian head and it's another corner for Spain.

21

Corner into the back post and it's headed back in before being cleared.

20

Another lovely move. Fabian to Martin and the cross comes in. Blocked for a corner for Spain.

19

Spain bossing the ball. Italy not really sure what to do.

19

Ceballos to Oyarzabal as Spain push forward again. Great start from them.

17

Soler catches Barella. He jumps up and is not happy now either. 

16

Kean whistled again as he pushes Martin in the back. Fairly blatant hand on the back there but Kean's frustration grows.

16

Fabian back up and recovered. 

15

Fabian limping off the field. Not sure if he can continue.

15

Fabian is down in a heap. Kean is the man who took him down as Italy look really, really frustrated after just 14 minutes.

13

Ceballos is fine as he carries the ball forward. He runs into the box. He plays it across the box and nobody is there to turn it home. 

12

Ceballos is back up but he's limping. Looks like he will continue. West Ham new signing warming up.

10

Meaty challenge from Calabresi. Ceballos down grabbing his knee. Really sore one on him.

10

That was an absolutely beautiful finish. 

8

CEBALLOS! GOLAZO! He curls it into the top corner.

7

Aaron crosses from the left. Headed out by Italy but Spain back on the ball.

6

Vallejo sends it back to Simon. Italy killing space very well ahead of Spanish ball-carriers. 

6

Spain the better side so far. Ceballos recovers and sends it backwards as they start again.

5

Fabian fouled as Zaniolo grabs him around the waist.

4

Lovely football by Spain as it's sent out to Soler. He wins a throw. Lovely football by Ceballos and a nice pass by Fabian.

4

They win it back and they start their own spell of possession.

3

Ball sent in by Italy. Simon grabs it as it bounces in front of him. After sitting back for a minute, Italy press up on Spain and start to press.

2

Fabian will have played against all of these Italians last season. And in this stadium.

2

Fabian out to Aaron. And back inside. Spain on the ball to start here. 

1

Strange line-up from Italy as five of their players stand on the halfway line and the ball is launched in that direction. Free as Oyarzabal is fouled. 

1

We are underway! 

Photos taken. The captains, Mandragora for Italy and Vallejo for Spain, head up for the coin toss. All handshakes and smiles as they head back to their teams for one last pep talk.

And now the Italian anthem. Di Biagio wanted the place full and looks like he has his wish. Really good atmosphere for this one.

Spain's national anthem played first. 

Teams do come out on the field. Italy and Spain flags flying in the air. A lot more green white and red ones that yellow and red though. 

Teams in the tunnel and ready to walk onto the field.

He ends with a 'Fuerza Italia' and we really are ready for action now.

No wait, he's still rapping. 

Okay, looks like that's the end of that. Let's play some football! 

We have an Italian rapper to get activities started tonight. Highly unneccessary but don't let that stop them.

So basically the exact same from Italy. But they might be more of a 4-4-2. 

So much talent in both sides. Spain's midfield and attack has plenty of creativity and speed. Same can be said about Italy too with Moises Kean impressing massively in limited action last season with Juve.

Meret gets the nod in goals for Italy tonight but he says that he can't say if he will start for the entire tournament there. Let's see how that effects the keeper.

Italy's manager Di Biagio, says: "We are hoping got a great environment with 30,000 people there singing the national anthem."

Spain's manager said he was absolutely delighted with how the build-up has gone recently. He said they worked really, really hard and that they are ready to go. He mentioned the hard work and you wonder if they will be a little jaded once the game kicks off?

If you are need to know who to keep an eye on throughout the tournament, here is a list of some special players.

Eight of Spain's starters plying their trade in LaLiga. Two in Germany with Meré at Koln and Aarón at Mainz while Fabian is at Napoli.

Mayoral starts tonight. He is leaving Real Madrid this summer but wants to wait until the end of the Euros. Real Sociedad heavily linked. 

Poland are beating Belgium in the other game in this group. They fell behind but lead 3-1 now.

Spain XI: Unai Simón; Aguirregabiria, Vallejo, Meré, Aarón; Zubeldia, Fabián; Ceballos, Soler, Oyarzabal; Mayoral.

Italy XI: Meret; Calabresi, Mancini, Bonifazi, Dimarco; Pellegrini, Barella, Mandragora; Chiesa, Kean, Zaniolo.

Stadio Renato Dall'Ara in Bologna is the venue for tonight's game.

Here it a look at Italy's star-studded side.

These threads from Scouted Football are all you need to know before the games.

Hello and welcome to our live online coverage of Italy vs Spain in the European under-21's first day of action. This could be a possible final and it should be a cracker. Kick-off at 21:00 CEST.

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