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European Under 21 Championship Final Preview: Italy U21 v Spain U21

English: Fabio Borini in Italy U-19

Fabio Borini scored Italy’s winner against Netherlands in the semi-finals.

Tomorrow could see Spain’s Under 21 side lift a second consecutive European Under 21 Championship and Italy will be standing in their way in their quest to do so.

It could be Italy’s sixth title in history – their five champions medals makes them the all-time European Under 21 Championship record holders.

Italy reached the final thanks to a Fabio Borini goal to see them overcome Netherlands, who looked favourites to join Spain in the final beforehand.

Spain thrashed Norway in their semi-final, showing the same passing brilliance of their senior side. Alvaro Morata, Isco and Rodrigo saw them through in style.

Manolo Gabbiadini is Italy’s top scorer in the tournament so far. The Bologna striker will attempt to be the first man to find a way past the Spanish defence, who have not conceded once this tournament.

But Italy have only conceded once throughout this tournament and Devis Mangia’s side look more and more likely to become the graduates that can emulate Italy’s 2006 World Cup success.¬†Giulio Donati and Matteo Bianchetti have been Italy’s stand-out rocks at the back.

Both sides possess rigid defences as well as flaring attackers. Marco Verratti and Lorenzo Insigne have been Italy’s most influential players throughout the tournament and Spain have had the quality of Thiago Alacantra and Isco on their books.

The Youth Radar prediction: Italy 0-1 Spain. What’s your thoughts?


About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.



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