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Italy advance with record win against Israel

Published: Saturday 8 June 2013, 22.20CET
Italy 4-0 Israel
Aided by the dismissal of Eyal Golasa, Italy racked up their biggest win at an U21 final tournament and became the first team through to the last four.
by Tom Kell
from Bloomfield Stadium

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Published: Saturday 8 June 2013, 22.20CET

Italy advance with record win against Israel

Italy 4-0 Israel
Aided by the dismissal of Eyal Golasa, Italy racked up their biggest win at an U21 final tournament and became the first team through to the last four.

Italy became the first team to reach the UEFA European Under-21 Championship semi-finals thanks to a record-breaking 4-0 victory against Israel.

Devis Mangia's side were made to sweat for their opening victory against England, but, sweltering conditions aside, they ultimately enjoyed a far easier ride in Jaffa this time around. The returning Riccardo Saponara played a key role throughout and opened the scoring on 18 minutes.

Manolo Gabbiadini then came to the fore following Eyal Golasa's red card, adding two goals of his own before Alessandro Florenzi rounded off the scoring. That secured a biggest ever win at an U21 final tournament for Italy, who had twice prevailed 3-0 – in 1994 and 2004 – and lifted the trophy on both occasions.

A known admirer of former senior coach Arrigo Sacchi, Mangia looks to have implemented his very own brand of Calcio Totale if his side's first-half display here is anything to go by. Where they were wholly consummate in possession, Israel were purposeful but frustrated in the early stages, Alon Turgeman twice failing to make a telling connection with only Francesco Bardi to beat.

The precision, the killer instinct that Israel so badly needed, was all too evident at the other end. Though Lorenzo Insigne – later taken off inured – was initially denied by Boris Kleyman, the Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC goalkeeper was soon picking the ball out of his net at his home ground. Insigne provided the cross, Ciro Immobile the deft lay-off and Saponara the cultured first-time finish.

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Manolo Gabbiadini takes the plaudits

While Golasa's dismissal made the tournament hosts' job a tricky one, Italy's second left them with a mountainous proposition. Though Kleyman had been sprightly enough to thwart Gabbiadini just after the half-hour, the Italy No11 soon got the better of him with a clinical strike from the edge of the penalty area.

No less emphatic from the Juventus forward was the 53rd-minute free-kick which brought Italy's third. Guy Luzon's team were by this point penned in their own half, Florenzi salting their wounds following a delightful nutmeg with 19 minutes left.

Israel must beat England on Tuesday to stand a chance of progressing, while Italy know they will top the section should they avoid defeat by Norway.

Last updated: 12/06/13 1.00CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2013/matches/round=2000188/match=2010949/postmatch/report/index.html#italy+reach+semis

Quotes

  • Devis Mangia

    "At this stage I'm not sure who I would be happier to meet – Spain, Germany or the Netherlands"

  • Guy Luzon

    "I have no complaints with my players – each and every one of them gave 100% on the pitch"

Lineups

Italy

Italy

Israel

Israel

1
BardiFrancesco Bardi (GK)
1
KleymanBoris Kleyman (GK)
2
DonatiGiulio Donati
2
DasaEliazer Dasa
Substitution46
3
BiraghiCristiano Biraghi
5
VahabaBen Vahaba
4
VerrattiMarco Verratti
Yellow Card60
Substitution70
7
ZaguriIsrael Zaguri
6
CaldirolaLuca Caldirola (C)
8
BitonNir Biton (C)
7
FlorenziAlessandro Florenzi
Goal71
9
KalibatMohammad Kalibat
Substitution83
9
ImmobileCiro Immobile
10
GolasaEyal Golasa
Red Card37
10
InsigneLorenzo Insigne
Substitution40
13
TwathaTaleb Twatha
11
GabbiadiniManolo Gabbiadini
Goal42
Goal53
Substitution57
15
TurgemanAlon Turgeman
Substitution67
13
BianchettiMatteo Bianchetti
20
Ben HarushOmri Ben Harush
18
SaponaraRiccardo Saponara
Goal18
22
KrieffOfir Krieff

Substitutes

12
ColombiSimone Colombi (GK)
18
B. LeviBarak Levi (GK)
22
LealiNicola Leali (GK)
23
YankoArik Yanko (GK)
5
CapuanoMarco Capuano
3
DavidzadaOfir Davidzada
14
DestroMattia Destro
Substitution57
4
I. LeviIdo Levi
15
SansoneNicola Sansone
Substitution70
11
DabburMunas Dabbur
16
BertolacciAndrea Bertolacci
12
GotlibEdi Gotlib
17
PaloschiAlberto Paloschi
14
BarouchOrr Barouch
Substitution67
19
ReginiVasco Regini
16
VertaOfer Verta
Substitution46
20
BoriniFabio Borini
17
SallalichSintayehu Sallalich
21
RossiFausto Rossi
Substitution40
19
AzamAhed Azam
Substitution83
23
CrimiMarco Crimi
21
AltmanOmri Altman

Coach

Devis Mangia (ITA) Guy Luzon (ISR)

Referee

Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)

Assistant referees

Johann Gudmundsson (ISL), Alan Mulvanny (SCO)

Fourth official

Vencel Tóth (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Kristo Tohver (EST), Ilias Spathas (GRE)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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