Tuesday June 18, 2013 Final Finished Teddi Maicha

Italy U-21 2 - 4 Spain U-21

  • Immobile 10’
  • Borini 80’
  • Thiago 6’, 31’, 38’ (pen.)
  • Isco 66’ (pen.)

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  1. Euro U21 - Thiago hat-trick inspires Spain to U21 title

    Euro U21 - Thiago hat-trick inspires Spain to U21 title

    Spain retained their European U21 title with a 4-2 win over Italy in Jerusalem as Thiago scored a first-half hat-trick. More

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    Time:90'
    • Italy U-21
    • Spain U-21
    • 90+5' FULL TIME. Chance for Borini but it deflects behind for a corner, and that’s that. Thiago’s hat-trick inspiring Spain to a 4-2 win over Italy as they retain their Under-21 title.
    • 90+4' The celebrations start in the Spain dug-out as we see out the final seconds.
    • 90+3' Another pitch invader. And another.
    • 90+1' Italy coach Devis Mangia goes across to shake hands with the Spain staff. Lovely touch.
    • 90' We will have four added minutes.
    • 89' Borini works a bit of space around the box but Italy can’t prise open the Spain defence. Still, a rather nervy end for the champions.
    • 88' Italy fail to connect from a corner as a chance passes them by. It doesn’t look as if they will be able to reverse the tide against this brilliant young Spain side.
    • 86' Nacho Camacho is on for Spain as he replaces Koke in midfield.
    • 85' Gabbiadini lashes one at goal from 20 yards as Spain make a good fist of things, but De Gea watches it fly off target.
    • 82' Can Italy do it? Unlikely, they aren’t getting enough of the ball to create any chances.
    • 81' Rodrigo replaces Morata for the final 10 minutes in the Spain attack.
    • 80' GOAL! Italy 2-4 Spain! Borini pulls one back with a lovely finish from long range! The Liverpool strike played a neat one-two with Insigne before lashing a fierce effort into the far corner.
    • 78' Crimi, just on as a sub, earns a quick booking for clattering Illarramendi with a high challenge.
    • 77' Inigo Martinez just strays offside to meet a free-kick at the back post and head the ball wide.
    • 76' Verrarri hasn’t been able to control this game and he is replaced in midfield by Marco Crimi.
    • 74' There’s a pitch invader so play stops.
    • 73' More sublime approach play from Spain and Isco rolls a pass to Morata, who sees an attempt at a chipped cross blocked by Bardi.
    • 71' Nasty. Caldirola leads with his arm and clatters into Morata to earn a booking.
    • 71' A change for Spain this time as Tello is replaced by Iker Muniain.
    • 70' Unlucky! Gabbiadini delivers a wonderful cross for Borini and though he gets in behind his marker, he can’t get the ball under control.
    • 69' Spain are really in a groove now, knocking the ball about with authority and clarity. We’ve seen it so many times from their senior side.
    • 67' It’s approaching a rout now, and Spain look capable of getting a couple more yet. Demoralising for Italy.
    • 65' GOAL! Italy 1-4 Spain! Thiago hands duties to Isco and the Malaga man sends Bardi the wrong way to roll his shot home.
    • 64' Regini booked for the messy foul.
    • 63' PENALTY TO SPAIN! Montoya brought to ground by Regini.
    • 61' CHANCE FOR SPAIN! Tello attacks from the right after collecting another great pass from Thiago and opens up his body to see his low effort saved by Bardi. A defender then sticks in a boot to prevent him tucking away the rebound.
    • 60' Morata, who wants a goal of his own to add to his four in four games across the tournament, drives one wide from 25 yards. Never troubling Bardi.
    • 58' Two changes for Italy: Manolo Gabbiadini comes on for goalscorer Immobile and Riccardo Saponara replaces Florenzi in midfield.
    • 56' A poor pass from Spain – you don’t see that off often – leaves Montoya with too much to do on the right and he fails to keep it in play.
    • 54' Now Borini lashes one over at the other end for Italy. It’s a nice open game at the moment.
    • 53' CHANCE FOR SPAIN! Tello takes the ball down the right and patiently waits for Isco to come into space in the box before squaring for his team-mate, who curls the ball wide of the post with his right instep.
    • 52' CHANCE FOR ITALY! The Azzurrini get a bit lucky when the ball smacks off Immobile’s head and into the path of Florenzi but the midfielder can’t keep his shot down and lifts it over the bar from 10 yards out.
    • 50' Here comes Insigne on a lovely run through midfield but Illarramendi brings him to ground with a fine challenge.
    • 49' They tried a similar routine against England in their first game but Insigne also missed the target on that occasion.
    • 48' From the free-kick, Verratti chips a pass in for Insigne who has come to the near post but he can’t hook his boot around the ball to find the target.
    • 47' Inigo Martinez fouls Immobile as he tries to break clear on the right and earns a booking.
    • 47' Thiago rifles in a shot from 30 yards and though Bardi spills, there isn’t a Spain shirt on hand to tuck the rebound away.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
    • - Thiago's not bad eh? What did you make of the first half? Let me know on Twitter.
    • 45+1' HALF TIME. Thiago with a first-half hat-trick as Spain dominate Italy and carve out a 3-1 lead.
    • 45' We will have one added minute.
    • 44' You wonder what Italy will say at half-time. There’s not a lot they can do in the face of this Spain team – it’s been a bit like the Euro 2012 final in that respect.
    • 43' A rare chance for Italy as Insigne fires one well over the bar from 25 yards or so.
    • 41' Spain aren’t content with three and they keep pushing forward against an under-siege Italian team. This is brutal at the moment.
    • 39' Thiago. What a player. If Manchester United do have any hope of signing him they should get that wrapped up as soon as possible.
    • 38' GOAL! ITALY 1-3 Spain! Thiago with his hat-trick! The skipper slots the ball down the middle and past the diving Bardi. What a first-half performance.
    • 36' PENALTY TO SPAIN! Tello wins the spot-kick when being brought to ground by Giulio Donati.
    • 34' Now Thiago with a clearance – is there anything this boy can’t do?
    • 33' Immobile tries to find space on the right of the box but is crowded out by red shirts as he enters the penalty area.
    • 32' It was nice vision from Koke to find Thiago and an excellent piece of control, but Italy skipper Caldirola should have done much, much better.
    • 31' GOAL! Italy 1-2 Spain! Captain Thiago scores his second as he controls a Koke pass with his chest and squeezes a shot past Bardi. Terrible defending from Caldirola though, who was shown up by the Barcelona man.
    • 29' Here come Spain again, patiently pulling Italy apart with their passing. Isco gets the ball in the box but sees his effort blocked by Bianchetti.
    • 27' Tello is into the book for a rather robust challenge on Rossini, leaving his boot in on the midfielder.
    • 25' Awful play from Morata. Spain have Italy at their mercy on the break but instead of playing in a team-mate with the obvious pass he selfishly tries to take the ball on and has an attempt blocked.
    • 24' CHANCE FOR ITALY! Alessandro Florenzi gets in behind the Spain defence, lifts the ball past his marker and then rifles in a low effort that De Gea turns over the bar with a fine reflex save.
    • 23' A worry for Italy as Insigne appears to be struggling with an injury. They will hope it’s just a minor problem.
    • 22' Illarramendi – linked with Arsenal today – is put under pressure in midfield but shows good composure to find a red shirt and retain possession for Spain.
    • 21' A nervy moment at the back for Italy but Bianchetti is alert to head the ball back to goalkeeper Bardi.
    • 19' CHANCE FOR SPAIN! Isco stands over the free-kick and lashes his shot against the wall. UItaly fail to properly clear and Cristian Tello whips in a low cross for Koke, who sees his clever backheeled flick kept out by Bardi.
    • 18' Koke tries to control a high ball with his chest 20 yards from goal but Verratti flings his boot high in the air and catches his opponent to earn a booking.
    • 16' CHANCE FOR SPAIN! Thiago unlocks the defence with a gorgeous through-ball and Morata gets in front of Luca Caldirola to fire in a low shot that Bardi keeps out with his legs.
    • 15' Immobile makes another clever run in behind the defence but can’t quite get on the end of the high ball that is lofted over the top for him.
    • 14' OFFSIDE! Morata drifts into an offside position to meet a floated free-kick and his powerful header is turned wide by Bardi in any case.
    • 12' Koke chops down Fabio Borini in the centre circle to get a booking from the ref.
    • 11' Another lovely goal in what is shaping up to be a brilliant final. Immobile took that brilliantly.
    • 10' GOAL! Italy 1-1 Spain! Ciro Immobile races onto a high ball over the top, controls superbly and then lifts the ball over the advancing David De Gea.
    • 9' Not a good start from Italy, who appear to have been a bit overwhelmed by the occasion. Their defence has been very ropey.
    • 8' Thiago finds Morata with a neat pass and the striker controls beautifully before failing to find a team-mate with a flicked pass.
    • 7' That was a sumptuous piece of play from Spain and the build-up was pleasant too. They are a real joy to watch when in top gear.
    • 6' GOAL! Italy 0-1 Spain! Captain Thiago heads home from five yards as he rises unmarked to meet a fine cross from Morata. The striker created the chance with a lovely turn and burst into space in the box to lose two men.
    • 6' Insigne, lively as ever, plays a one-two with a team-mate and appears to be brought to ground by a clumsy challenge but the whistle never goes.
    • 5' Italy panic a touch at the back and Bardi is forced into a rather hurried clearance that floats out of play to the left. No real harm done though.
    • 4' Italy threaten to break free on the right as Lorenzo Insigne gets possession but Hector Moreno snatches the ball away from him with a well-timed tackle.
    • 3' The magical Isco gets on the ball for the first time as Spain attack down the left. They win a corner but fail to test Francesco Bardi from the set-piece.
    • 2' A tentative start to proceedings in Jerusalem with Spain committing a foul in the final third to relieve pressure on the Azzurrini.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 16:55 The two teams are in the tunnel ahead of what promises to be a fascinating contest between two very different styles of football. Italy play some enterprising stuff from a solid, whereas Spain are, well, Spain.
    • 16:50 Devis Mangia (Italy coach): "Spain have a great team and I don't mind if they are favourites. However, tomorrow from kick-off we start at 0-0 with 11 players on each side. I don't think Spain will try to control a special player like [Marco] Verratti, as they play more individually and, besides, tomorrow there might be another player who stands out. We will play as a united team like we normally do."
    • 16:45 Julen Lopetegui (Spain coach): "Italy are a good team but we still have our quality and we are playing well. The final is in our hands. We need to work and play as I know we can – and to play as a team. We are thinking about ourselves, not about Italy. We have a lot of respect for Italy, especially the individuals they have."
    • 16:40 Spain start with Alvaro Morata, the Real Madrid striker who has scored once in each of his side's four games in this competition. Some had tipped Rodrigo to get the nod.
    • 16:35 TEAMS: Italy: Bardi, Donati, Caldirola, Bianchetti, Regini, Verratti, Florenzi, Rossi, Immobile, Insigne, Borini SUBS: Colombi, Leali, Biraghi, Capuano, Marrone, Bertolacci, Crimi, Gabbiadini, Destro, Sansone, Paloschi, Saponara. /// Spain: De Gea, Montoya, Bartra, Martínez, Moreno, Illarramendi, Koke, Thiago Alcántara, Isco, Tello, Morata SUBS: Mariño, Joel, Nacho, Muniesa, Álvaro, Carvajal, Camacho, Sarabia, Rodrigo, Muniain, Vázquez.
    • 16:30 Hello and welcome to our coverage of the Under-21 final between Spain and Italy in Jerusalem. Reigning champions Spain are favourites but Italy saw off Netherlands in the semis...
  • Summary

    • 80' GOAL! Italy 2-4 Spain! Borini pulls one back with a lovely finish from long range! The Liverpool strike played a neat one-two with Insigne before lashing a fierce effort into the far corner.
    • 78' Crimi, just on as a sub, earns a quick booking for clattering Illarramendi with a high challenge.
    • 71' Nasty. Caldirola leads with his arm and clatters into Morata to earn a booking.
    • 65' GOAL! Italy 1-4 Spain! Thiago hands duties to Isco and the Malaga man sends Bardi the wrong way to roll his shot home.
    • 64' Regini booked for the messy foul.
    • 63' PENALTY TO SPAIN! Montoya brought to ground by Regini.
    • 61' CHANCE FOR SPAIN! Tello attacks from the right after collecting another great pass from Thiago and opens up his body to see his low effort saved by Bardi. A defender then sticks in a boot to prevent him tucking away the rebound.
    • 53' CHANCE FOR SPAIN! Tello takes the ball down the right and patiently waits for Isco to come into space in the box before squaring for his team-mate, who curls the ball wide of the post with his right instep.
    • 52' CHANCE FOR ITALY! The Azzurrini get a bit lucky when the ball smacks off Immobile’s head and into the path of Florenzi but the midfielder can’t keep his shot down and lifts it over the bar from 10 yards out.
    • 47' Inigo Martinez fouls Immobile as he tries to break clear on the right and earns a booking.
    • 38' GOAL! ITALY 1-3 Spain! Thiago with his hat-trick! The skipper slots the ball down the middle and past the diving Bardi. What a first-half performance.
    • 36' PENALTY TO SPAIN! Tello wins the spot-kick when being brought to ground by Giulio Donati.
    • 31' GOAL! Italy 1-2 Spain! Captain Thiago scores his second as he controls a Koke pass with his chest and squeezes a shot past Bardi. Terrible defending from Caldirola though, who was shown up by the Barcelona man.
    • 27' Tello is into the book for a rather robust challenge on Rossini, leaving his boot in on the midfielder.
    • 24' CHANCE FOR ITALY! Alessandro Florenzi gets in behind the Spain defence, lifts the ball past his marker and then rifles in a low effort that De Gea turns over the bar with a fine reflex save.
    • 19' CHANCE FOR SPAIN! Isco stands over the free-kick and lashes his shot against the wall. UItaly fail to properly clear and Cristian Tello whips in a low cross for Koke, who sees his clever backheeled flick kept out by Bardi.
    • 18' Koke tries to control a high ball with his chest 20 yards from goal but Verratti flings his boot high in the air and catches his opponent to earn a booking.
    • 16' CHANCE FOR SPAIN! Thiago unlocks the defence with a gorgeous through-ball and Morata gets in front of Luca Caldirola to fire in a low shot that Bardi keeps out with his legs.
    • 12' Koke chops down Fabio Borini in the centre circle to get a booking from the ref.
    • 10' GOAL! Italy 1-1 Spain! Ciro Immobile races onto a high ball over the top, controls superbly and then lifts the ball over the advancing David De Gea.
    • 6' GOAL! Italy 0-1 Spain! Captain Thiago heads home from five yards as he rises unmarked to meet a fine cross from Morata. The striker created the chance with a lovely turn and burst into space in the box to lose two men.
    • 16:35 TEAMS: Italy: Bardi, Donati, Caldirola, Bianchetti, Regini, Verratti, Florenzi, Rossi, Immobile, Insigne, Borini SUBS: Colombi, Leali, Biraghi, Capuano, Marrone, Bertolacci, Crimi, Gabbiadini, Destro, Sansone, Paloschi, Saponara. /// Spain: De Gea, Montoya, Bartra, Martínez, Moreno, Illarramendi, Koke, Thiago Alcántara, Isco, Tello, Morata SUBS: Mariño, Joel, Nacho, Muniesa, Álvaro, Carvajal, Camacho, Sarabia, Rodrigo, Muniain, Vázquez.

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  • Italy U-21

    Manager: Devis Mangia

  • Spain U-21

    Manager: Julen Lopetegui

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