Saturday June 8, 2013 Group Stage: Group A Finished Bloomfield

Italy U-21 4 - 0 Israel U-21

  • Saponara 18’
  • Gabbiadini 42’, 53’
  • Florenzi 71’

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  1. Euro U21 - Gabbiadini double helps Italy reach semis

    Euro U21 - Gabbiadini double helps Italy reach semis

    Manolo Gabbiadini hit a double as Italy crushed 10-man Israel 4-0 to reach the European Under-21 Championship last four. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Italy U-21
    • Israel U-21
    • 90+2' There goes the final whistle! A 4-0 win for Italy, who could have scored a few more on the night. They are into the last four with this success.
    • 89' We are into two minutes of time added on.
    • 88' Vahaba forced to concede a corner with Italy pressing up the park. Again.
    • 87' Twatha is adjudged to be in an offside position. Almost over here for Israel. Long and hopeless second half for them.
    • 85' Destro tries to turn in the Israel box, but the home side this time clear the danger.
    • 83' Guy Luzon, the Israel coach, looking a bit perplexed out there. But not much can be done against a side of higher class.
    • 82' Ben Harush tries to turn a volley into the net, but it clips a blue shirt before dropping wide of the target.
    • 81' The home fans enjoying a touch of humour every time Israel manage to piece together three or more passes.
    • 79' Azam replaces Kalibat for Israel. Italy again on the ball at the back.
    • 78' Destro carries the ball to the edge of the Israel box, but the white shirts thump clear.
    • 77' A few of the home fans already heading for the exit doors. Have clearly seen enough of what has gone on out there.
    • 75' Barouch is deemed to be in an offside position after setting off too soon.
    • 74' Destro uncorks a shot from distance that flies about 10 yards wide of the goal.
    • 72' Not much enjoyment to be taken out of this match for the big home crowd in Tel Aviv. Has been this way since Israel went down to 10 men.
    • 71' Immobile trying to get in on the act, but he loses the ball at the key moment. Italy with so many options with their extra man.
    • 69' GOAL! Florenzi scores a fourth goal for Italy. Lovely goal. Through the legs of Vahaba and then under Klaiman. A 4-0 lead now.
    • 68' Plenty of time for the Parma midfielder Sansone to score on what is his competitive debut for his country.
    • 67' Change coming then for Italy as Verratti departs to be replaced by Sansone.
    • 65' This match all over with 25 minutes to go. Like a training session this for Italy with so much possession.
    • 64' Barouch replaces Turgeman for Israel. And on we go with Italy holding this 3-0 lead.
    • 63' Destro has an effort on goal, but Klaiman is well positioned to make the stop with the aid of some strong wrists.
    • 62' Florenzi clips the free-kick too long for his team-mate. Goalkick then to Israel, whose 10 men continue to toil in the heat.
    • 60' Kalibat forced to concede a free-kick for a late foul on Verratti. Another free-kick chance for Italy 25 yards from goal.
    • 59' Verratti is booked by the referee for a late challenge.
    • 58' Saponara sees an attempt on goal clawed out by Klaiman. Fine effort and an excellent stop.
    • 56' In comes Destro and out goes Gabbiadini for the visitors.
    • 55' Turgeman slips the ball into the net, but is already offside. Change coming here for Italy.
    • 54' Italy with 16 attempts at goal to only one from Israel. Sums up the difference between these sides.
    • 53' Biraghi sees a shot blocked. More goals surely in this match for the Italians.
    • 52' GOAL! Gabbiadini thumps a free-kick low past the wall. Fierce finish and Italy lead 3-0. Game over now.
    • 51' Twatha is penalised for a foul on Florenzi after Immobile saw an effort blocked by a home shirt.
    • 50' Ben Harush is penalised for a foul on Gabbiadini. The crowd all very quiet.
    • 49' Plenty of boos from the home fans before Verratti slams an effort a couple of yards wide of the target.
    • 48' Ben Harush is penalised for a foul on Gabbiadini. Italy on the ball and content to keep it.
    • 47' Verta takes over from Dasa for Israel, who must surely be thinking of damage limitation in this second period.
    • 46' We are off and running then in the second period of this match.
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle for the break. Italy completely in command out there.
    • 44' We are into one minute of time added on in this first period.
    • 43' Turgeman concedes a free-kick for a foul on Rossi. Poorly timed challenge.
    • 41' Israel's 10 men facing a real uphill battle now in this tournament. Italy should be more than two goals clear here.
    • 40' GOAL! Gabbiadini slams a low shot into the net from Immobile's pass. Brilliant move and finish against the 10 men. Poor goalkeeping by Klaiman.
    • 39' Bianchetti concedes a free-kick for a foul on Turgeman. Late with the challenge. Can't complain about that.
    • 38' Rossi takes over from Insigne for the visiting side.
    • 37' Bad news for Insigne, who is carted off injured. Has obviously suffered a bad one there.
    • 36' Gabbiadini powers a shot over the bar from distance. Plenty of pace, but no direction on the shot.
    • 34' RED CARD! Golasa is penalised for a foul on Saponara. Two-footed tackle and that is a straight red card. Had to go for that one.
    • 32' Kleiman off his line to collect a high ball after Bianchetti concedes a free-kick for a foul on Kalibat.
    • 31' Another chance for Italy, but Florenzi misses the target when he should really have buried that opportunity.
    • 30' Gabbiadini flicks the ball beyond Klaiman, but Vahaba is back to scoop the ball off the line. Almost a second goal.
    • 28' Riccardo Saponara with a chance of a second goal as he raced into the home box, but Klaiman stands tall to make the stop. Fine save.
    • 26' Immobile sees a shot deflect off a white shirt before spinning over the bar. Corner to Italy.
    • 25' Riccardo Saponara unloads a shot from distance, but this time all too easy for Klaiman to make the stop.
    • 24' An offside flag goes up against Kalibat after he set off too soon.
    • 23' Verratti concedes a free-kick for a foul on Zaguri, but Italy on the ball seconds later.
    • 22' A real tempo marking this game out as something worth watching. The best of the action coming from the feet of this young Italian side.
    • 20' Another chance for Alon Turgeman to score from Mohammed Kalibat's pass, but again he snatches at the opportunity as the ball dribbles well wide. Really decent opening.
    • 19' Italy lead 1-0. Can't really say that goal wasn't coming. Silence in the stadium.
    • 18' GOAL! Riccardo Saponara drives a lovely finish into the corner of the net after Immobile had played a deft lay-off into his path from Insigne's cross. What a finish that is.
    • 17' Alon Turgeman almost converts from a lovely ball across the face of goal. Superb move from the home nation.
    • 16' Taleb Twatha making a strong, surging run from his half to get the hosts up the park.
    • 15' Biraghi clears the danger with a no-nonsense sort of clearance.
    • 14' But they earn a corner here after breaking to the Italian end of the park. Chance to apply some pressure.
    • 13' Mahaba forced to do some solid defending five yards out from his own goal. This proving to be a real going over so far for the home fans.
    • 12' Dasa knocks the ball behind his own as Italy earn themselves a corner - their fourth of the night.
    • 11' Immobile sees a shot blocked by Vahaba. One-way traffic at the moment.
    • 10' Israel being pulled all over the place at the moment. Can't get on the ball for any length of time.
    • 9' Italy really going to work here as Insigne is crowded out by several white shirts.
    • 8' Kleyman makes a fine diving stop to keep out the drive by Insigne. So close to the opening goal.
    • 7' Alessandro Florenzi sends a shot spinning wide of goal from distance. That will be a goalkick to the host nation.
    • 6' Bardi is then off his slide seconds later to make the save at the feet of Turgeman.
    • 5' Matteo Bianchetti with a fine sliding tackle. Israel earn a corner, but Bardi is there to clear the danger with a fist.
    • 4' Insigne not convincing with a clearance. Elazar Dasa tries to engineer the ball forward for Israel, but Italy pick up seconds later.
    • 3' Israel trying to inject some momentum into their play as Golsa is sent spinning to the deck.
    • 2' Ben Vahaba heads the ball out of his own box under pressure from Luca Caldirola. Israel clear the corner, but Italy continue on the offensive.
    • 1' We are off and running then in this match between Israel and Italy.
    • 19:25 Guy Luzon (Israel coach): "Even if you told me we could get another draw but play like in the game against Norway I wouldn't take it. I know for sure we will play better football – I want football that will be joyful and fun, like this team knows how to play."
    • 19:20 Devis Mangia (Italy coach): "Tomorrow our best team will go out to play. I don't like talking about rotation – there are 23 players who've earned their places in this squad. I'm lucky enough to have 23 players who are intelligent and have great technical qualities."
    • 19:15 TEAMS: Italy: Bardi, Donati, Biraghi, Caldirola, Bianchetti, Verratti, Florenzi, Immobile, Insigne, Gabbiadini, Saponara. Subs: Colombi, Leali, Capuano, Regini, Bertolacci, Rossi, Crimi, Destro, Sansone, Paloschi, Borini. /// Israel: Kleyman, Dasa, Vahaba, Twatha, Harush, Zaguri, Biton, Golasa, Krieff, Kalibat, Turgeman. Subs: B.Levi, Yanko, Davidzada, I.Levi, Gotlib, Verta, Sallalich, Azam, Altman, Dabbur, Barouch.
    • 19:10 If you missed it, England have just been sent home following a second defeat, this time at the hands of Norway. The Scandinavians now top the group with four points from two games. Italy have three and Israel one.
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  • Summary

    • 69' GOAL! Florenzi scores a fourth goal for Italy. Lovely goal. Through the legs of Vahaba and then under Klaiman. A 4-0 lead now.
    • 63' Destro has an effort on goal, but Klaiman is well positioned to make the stop with the aid of some strong wrists.
    • 59' Verratti is booked by the referee for a late challenge.
    • 58' Saponara sees an attempt on goal clawed out by Klaiman. Fine effort and an excellent stop.
    • 52' GOAL! Gabbiadini thumps a free-kick low past the wall. Fierce finish and Italy lead 3-0. Game over now.
    • 40' GOAL! Gabbiadini slams a low shot into the net from Immobile's pass. Brilliant move and finish against the 10 men. Poor goalkeeping by Klaiman.
    • 34' RED CARD! Golasa is penalised for a foul on Saponara. Two-footed tackle and that is a straight red card. Had to go for that one.
    • 31' Another chance for Italy, but Florenzi misses the target when he should really have buried that opportunity.
    • 30' Gabbiadini flicks the ball beyond Klaiman, but Vahaba is back to scoop the ball off the line. Almost a second goal.
    • 28' Riccardo Saponara with a chance of a second goal as he raced into the home box, but Klaiman stands tall to make the stop. Fine save.
    • 20' Another chance for Alon Turgeman to score from Mohammed Kalibat's pass, but again he snatches at the opportunity as the ball dribbles well wide. Really decent opening.
    • 18' GOAL! Riccardo Saponara drives a lovely finish into the corner of the net after Immobile had played a deft lay-off into his path from Insigne's cross. What a finish that is.
    • 17' Alon Turgeman almost converts from a lovely ball across the face of goal. Superb move from the home nation.
    • 8' Kleyman makes a fine diving stop to keep out the drive by Insigne. So close to the opening goal.
    • 19:15 TEAMS: Italy: Bardi, Donati, Biraghi, Caldirola, Bianchetti, Verratti, Florenzi, Immobile, Insigne, Gabbiadini, Saponara. Subs: Colombi, Leali, Capuano, Regini, Bertolacci, Rossi, Crimi, Destro, Sansone, Paloschi, Borini. /// Israel: Kleyman, Dasa, Vahaba, Twatha, Harush, Zaguri, Biton, Golasa, Krieff, Kalibat, Turgeman. Subs: B.Levi, Yanko, Davidzada, I.Levi, Gotlib, Verta, Sallalich, Azam, Altman, Dabbur, Barouch.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Italy U-21

    Manager: Devis Mangia

  • Israel U-21

    Manager: Guy Luzon

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