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ItalyItalyStadion Ljudski vrt - MariborTuesday 30 March 2021
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Group B - Matchday 3
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    Previous meetings Only this chapter

    Head to Head

    UEFA European Under-21 Championship
    DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
    08/10/2015QR (GS)Slovenia - Italy0-3
    KoperMonachello 71, 84, Benassi 87
    08/09/2015QR (GS)Italy - Slovenia1-0
    Reggio EmiliaBernardeschi 51 (P)
    UEFA European Under-21 Championship
    DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
    07/10/2005QR (GS)Italy - Slovenia1-0
    VicenzaPalladino 18
    08/10/2004QR (GS)Slovenia - Italy0-3
    Nova GoricaBianchi 61, 77, Chiellini 67
    UEFA European Under-21 Championship
    DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
    07/09/1995QR (GS)Italy - Slovenia1-0
    VicenzaGalante 90
    08/09/1994QR (GS)Slovenia - Italy1-1Nova GoricaKarič 38; F. Inzaghi 88
     QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
    HomeAway  
    PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
    Total
    Italy33003210----6510101
    Slovenia30123003----6015110

    Last updated 28/03/2021 09:46CET

    Match background Only this chapter

    Five-time champions Italy conclude their Group B campaign in Maribor against co-hosts and debutants Slovenia.

    • Italy have dominated the past fixtures between the sides, and are looking to reach the knockout rounds for the fourth time in the last seven editions of U21 EURO.

    • The Azzurrini have drawn both games at these finals, against the Czech Republic (1-1) and, last time out, Spain (0-0), having two players sent off in both games. They are level on points with the Czechs and two behind section leaders Spain. A win will guarantee Italy's qualification for the quarter-finals – as will a draw if the Czech Republic fail to beat Spain, or if both games are drawn but Italy score two more goals than the Czechs. If both games are drawn and Italy score one more goal than the Czech Republic they will be split on disciplinary ranking then coefficient.

    • Slovenia, meanwhile, were beaten 3-0 by Spain in their opening game before drawing 1-1 against the Czech Republic, a late Nik Prelec own goal denying them victory after Aljoša Matko had scored the country's first U21 finals goal. To reach the last eight they need to beat Italy and hope that the Czech Republic do not win against Spain.

    Previous meetings
    • Italy defeated Slovenia 2-1 in a Lignano Sabbiadoro friendly on 3 September 2020, substitute Matko scoring for the visitors 12 minutes from time before three Slovenia players were sent off.

    • This is the seventh European U21 Championship fixture between the teams. Italy have won five of the previous six, since an 88th-minute Filippo Izaghi goal rescued a 1-1 qualifying draw in Nova Gorica on 8 September 1994 – the sides' first meeting. That was also Slovenia's first competitive U21 match.

    • Amir Karić's 38th-minute opener in that game is the only competitive goal Italy have conceded against Slovenia. Since that match they have scored nine without reply, including a 1-0 victory in Vicenza in the reverse fixture of that 1994 qualifying campaign.

    • Italy were 3-0 winners in Slovenia – Rolando Bianchi scoring twice and Giorgio Chiellini once – and 1-0 victors in Vicenza again en route to booking their place at the 2006 finals.

    • The scorelines were the same in the teams' most recent competitive meetings, in the 2017 qualifying competition. Federico Bernardeschi's penalty separated the sides in Reggio Emilia on 8 September 2015; a month later, Gaetano Monachello scored twice and Marco Benassi once to give the Azzurrini the points, all the goals in Koper coming in the final 19 minutes.

    Form guide
    Italy
    • Italy have participated in 11 of the 13 final tournaments since 1998, missing out only in 1998 and 2011. They have reached the semi-finals or better in six of those previous ten appearances, claiming the trophy in 2000 and 2004.

    • Italy were also champions for three tournaments running between 1992 and 1996, and reached the 1986 final.

    • The Azzurrini qualified automatically for the 2019 finals as hosts, but were unable to progress beyond the group stage despite winning two of their three fixtures, beating both Spain and Belgium 3-1 either side of a costly 1-0 loss to Poland. They finished level with eventual champions Spain and Poland on six points, with Spain progressing to the semi-finals by virtue of their superior record in matches between the three teams.

    • Despite those victories in 2019, Italy have won only five of their last 13 matches in the final tournament (D3 L5).

    • In qualifying for the 2021 finals, Paolo Nicolato – who replaced Luigi Di Biagio in July 2019 – guided the Azzurrini to first place in Group 1, his team picking up 25 points from their ten matches (W8 D1 L1) to finish four ahead of Iceland. Italy's sole defeat was a 3-0 reverse in Sweden on 8 September 2020; they won their last four matches, scoring four goals against Luxembourg (4-0) and Sweden (4-1) in the final two.

    Slovenia
    • This is the co-hosts' first appearance at the U21 EURO finals. Slovenia and fellow hosts Hungary are the only sides to be making their debuts at the 2021 tournament.

    • Slovenia's most successful U21 campaign came in 2006, when they reached the qualifying play-offs only to lose 2-0 on aggregate to eventual champions the Netherlands (0-0 h, 0-2 a).

    • In the qualifying campaign for the 2019 finals, a team coached by Primož Gliha – who was replaced by current boss Milenko Ačimovič in November 2020 – finished second in their qualifying section, 12 points behind France, having picked up 16 points from their ten games (W4 D4 L2).

    • A 2-1 home win against Kazakhstan on 11 September 2018 is Slovenia's only victory in eight European U21 Championship fixtures (D4 L3).

    Links and trivia
    • Have played in Italy:
    Martin Turk (Parma 2020–)
    Nik Prelec (Sampdoria 2018–)
    Žan Celar (Roma 2018–, Cittadella 2019 loan, Cremonese 2020– loan)

    • Adam Gnezda Čerin was twice on the losing side for Rijeka against Napoli in this season's UEFA Europa League group stage (1-2 h, 0-2 a).

    https://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2021/matches/round=2001098/match=2030682/prematch/background/index.html#italy+slovenia+facts

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    Squad list Only this chapter

    Italy - Squad list
    Current seasonOverall
    Qual.FTTeam
    No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGlsPldGls
    Goalkeepers
    1Alessandro Plizzari12/03/200021Reggina - 10001-
    12Marco Carnesecchi01/07/200020Cremonese - 70209-
    22Michele Cerofolini04/01/199922Reggiana - 20002-
    Defenders
    2Raoul Bellanova17/05/200020Pescara - 30205-
    3Gianluca Frabotta24/06/199921Juventus*20103-
    4Matteo Gabbia21/10/199921Milan - 40105-
    5Riccardo Marchizza26/03/199823Spezia - 411051
    6Matteo Lovato14/02/200021Verona - 10102-
    13Luca Ranieri23/04/199921SPAL - 30104-
    15Enrico Del Prato10/11/199921RegginaS8120101
    16Lorenzo Pirola20/02/200219Monza - 10001-
    17Gabriele Zappa22/12/199921Cagliari*10102-
    19Marco Sala04/06/199921SPAL - 80109-
    Midfielders
    7Davide Frattesi22/09/199921Monza - 50207-
    8Sandro Tonali08/05/200020Milan*20105-
    14Nicolò Rovella04/12/200119GenoaS20204-
    18Tommaso Pobega15/07/199921Spezia*222042
    21Giulio Maggiore12/03/199823Spezia - 30104-
    Forwards
    9Lorenzo Colombo08/03/200219Cremonese - 0000--
    10Patrick Cutrone03/01/199823Valencia - 6320114
    11Gianluca Scamacca01/01/199922GenoaS9621117
    20Giacomo Raspadori18/02/200021Sassuolo*322052
    23Andrea Pinamonti19/05/199921Internazionale - 820082
    Coach
    -Paolo Nicolato21/12/196654 - 902011-
    Slovenia - Squad list
    Current seasonOverall
    Qual.FTTeam
    No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGlsPldGls
    Goalkeepers
    1Igor Vekič06/05/199822Bravo - 00202-
    12Martin Turk21/08/200317Parma - 0000--
    22Žan-Luk Leban15/12/200218Everton - 0000--
    Defenders
    3Dušan Stojinović26/08/200020Celje - 0000--
    4David Brekalo03/12/199822Bravo - 00206-
    5Žan Zaletel16/09/199921Celje - 00202-
    6Jan Gorenc26/07/199921Mura - 0000--
    13Andraž Žinič12/02/199922Domžale - 00202-
    20Sven Karič07/03/199823Domžale - 00101-
    21Aljaž Ploj30/08/199822Aluminij - 0000--
    23Žan Kolmanič03/03/200021Maribor*00202-
    Midfielders
    2Žan Rogelj25/11/199921Tirol*00202-
    7Tomi Horvat24/03/199922Mura - 0000--
    8Dejan Petrovič12/01/199823Rapid Wien*00203-
    14Tamar Svetlin30/07/200119Domžale - 00101-
    15Sandi Ogrinec05/06/199822Bravo - 00101-
    16Adam Gnezda Čerin16/07/199921Rijeka*00204-
    Forwards
    9Žan Medved14/06/199921Wisła Kraków*00202-
    10Timi Elšnik29/04/199822Olimpija Ljubljana - 00202-
    11Žan Celar14/03/199922Cremonese - 00101-
    17Aljoša Matko29/03/200021Maribor - 002121
    18Dario Kolobarić06/02/200021Domžale*00101-
    19Nik Prelec10/06/200119Sampdoria*00202-
    Coach
    -Milenko Ačimovič15/02/197744 - 00202-

    Last updated 29/03/2021 14:58CET

    Match officials Only this chapter

    • RefereeBartosz Frankowski (POL)
    • Assistant refereesJakub Winkler (POL) , Dawid Igor Golis (POL)
    • Fourth officialHoratiu Fesnic (ROU)
    • UEFA DelegateNebojša Ivkovic (SRB)
    • UEFA Referee observerHugh Dallas (SCO)

    Referee

    NameDate of birthUnder-21 matchesUEFA matches
    Bartosz Frankowski23/09/1986553

    Bartosz Frankowski

    Referee since: 2007
    First division: 2011
    FIFA badge: 2014

    Tournaments: 2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship

    Finals
    N/A

    UEFA European Under-21 Championship matches featuring teams from the two countries involved in this match

    DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
    08/10/2015U21QRSloveniaItaly0-3Koper

    Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

    DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
    16/07/2015UEL2QRFC KoperHNK Hajduk Split3-2Koper
    08/10/2015U21QRSloveniaItaly0-3Koper
    09/05/2016U17GS-FTItalyNetherlands0-1Baku
    06/12/2017UYLGSFeyenoordSSC Napoli4-3Rotterdam
    19/07/2018U19GS-FTPortugalItaly2-3Vaasa
    06/11/2018UYLGSFC Internazionale MilanoFC Barcelona0-2San Giovanni
    26/11/2019UYLGSJuventusClub Atlético de Madrid2-1Turin
    05/11/2020UELGSAC MilanLOSC Lille0-3Milan
    15/11/2020UNLGS-FTSlovenia26081102-1Ljubljana

    Last updated 02/06/2021 15:07CET

    Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

    Italy

    • Under-21 - Qualifying round
      (10/09/2019)
      Italy 5-0 Luxembourg
      1-0 Locatelli 9 (P) , 2-0 Kean 37 (P) , 3-0 Sottil 62, 4-0 Tumminello 68, 5-0 Scamacca 77
      Plizzari, Bastoni, Carraro, Locatelli (76 Zanellato), Pinamonti (61 Tumminello), Zaniolo (61 Frattesi), Scamacca, Del Prato, Marchizza, Sala (83 Tripaldelli), Kean (46 Sottil)
    • (10/10/2019)
      Republic of Ireland 0-0 Italy
      Carnesecchi, Luca Pellegrini, Tonali, Bastoni, Frattesi, Carraro (68 Sottil), Pinamonti (46 Cutrone), Scamacca (46 Kean), Del Prato, Marchizza (23 Adjapong), Locatelli
    • (14/10/2019)
      Armenia 0-1 Italy
      0-1 Scamacca 20
      Carnesecchi, Adjapong, Luca Pellegrini (75 Sala), Bastoni, Frattesi (64 Maggiore), Cutrone, Scamacca (75 Pinamonti), Ranieri, Zanellato (86 Carraro), Locatelli, Sottil (86 Bettella)
    • (16/11/2019)
      Italy 3-0 Iceland
      1-0 Sottil 32, 2-0 Cutrone 84, 3-0 Cutrone 90
      Carnesecchi, Gabbia, Carraro (93 Esposito), Pinamonti (80 Scamacca), Cutrone (93 Maistro), Ranieri, Del Prato, Maggiore (80 Zanellato), Sala, Locatelli, Sottil (68 Adjapong)
    • (19/11/2019)
      Italy 6-0 Armenia
      1-0 Kean 15, 2-0 Pinamonti 25, 3-0 Kean 41, 4-0 Zanellato 53, 5-0 Scamacca 57, 6-0 Del Prato 66
      Carnesecchi, Adjapong, Carraro, Pinamonti (56 Scamacca), Cutrone, Ranieri (63 Bettella), Del Prato, Zanellato (63 Maistro), Sala (56 Tripaldelli), Kean, Locatelli (83 Maggiore)
    • (08/09/2020)
      Sweden 3-0 Italy
      1-0 Almqvist 12, 2-0 Almqvist 29, 3-0 Henriksson 51
      Carnesecchi, Adjapong (68 Casale), Luca Pellegrini (68 Sala), Carraro (87 Colpani), Gabbia, Pinamonti, Cutrone, Maleh (46 Varnier), Del Prato, Zanellato, Sottil (46 Scamacca)
    • (13/10/2020)
      Italy 2-0 Republic of Ireland
      1-0 Sottil 43, 2-0 Cutrone 62
      Cerofolini, Vogliacco, Frabotta, Tonali, Buongiorno, Pirola, Birindelli, Ricci (88 Nicolussi), Cutrone, Muratore (46 Portanova), Sottil (83 Raspadori)
    • (12/11/2020)
      Iceland 1-2 Italy
      0-1 Pobega 35, 1-1 Willumsson 63, 1-2 Pobega 88
      Carnesecchi, Gabbia, Frattesi, Pobega, Rovella, Scamacca (80 Pinamonti), Lovato (72 Vogliacco), Del Prato, Sala, Bellanova, Sottil (91 Maleh)
    • (15/11/2020)
      Luxembourg 0-4 Italy
      0-1 Scamacca 15, 0-2 Scamacca 29, 0-3 Pinamonti 56, 0-4 Marchizza 66
      Carnesecchi, Gabbia, Frattesi (87 Maleh), Pobega (46 Ricci), Rovella, Scamacca (78 Raspadori), Marchizza, Del Prato, Sala (46 Frabotta), Bellanova, Sottil (46 Pinamonti)
    • (18/11/2020)
      Italy 4-1 Sweden
      1-0 Maleh 27, 2-0 Raspadori 48, 2-1 Karlsson 50, 3-1 Raspadori 61, 4-1 Scamacca 68
      Cerofolini, Vogliacco (83 Bellanova), Ricci, Cuomo, Scamacca (71 Sottil), Maleh (58 Colpani), Buongiorno (46 Del Prato), Zappa, Melegoni, Sala (46 Marchizza), Raspadori
    • Group stage – final tournament
      Group B - Group Standings
      TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
      Spain2110304
      Czech Republic2020222
      Italy2020112
      Slovenia2011141
      Matchday 1 (24/03/2021)
      Czech Republic 1-1 Italy
      0-1 Scamacca 31, 1-1 Maggiore 75 (og)
      Carnesecchi, Gabbia, Marchizza, Frattesi (66 Rovella), Tonali, Cutrone (73 Raspadori), Scamacca, Del Prato, Zappa (73 Bellanova), Sala, Maggiore (89 Pobega)
    • Matchday 2 (27/03/2021)
      Spain 0-0 Italy
      Carnesecchi, Bellanova, Frabotta, Lovato, Frattesi, Cutrone (70 Raspadori), Scamacca, Ranieri, Rovella, Del Prato, Pobega
    • Matchday 3 (30/03/2021)
      Italy-Slovenia

    Slovenia

    • Under-21 - Group stage – final tournament
      Matchday 1 (24/03/2021)
      Slovenia 0-3 Spain
      0-1 Puado 53, 0-2 Villar 54, 0-3 Miranda 89
      Vekič, Rogelj (88 Svetlin), Brekalo, Zaletel, Petrovič, Elšnik (72 Prelec), Celar (59 Medved), Žinič, Gnezda Čerin, Matko, Kolmanič
    • Matchday 2 (27/03/2021)
      Slovenia 1-1 Czech Republic
      1-0 Matko 32, 1-1 Prelec 86 (og)
      Vekič, Brekalo, Zaletel, Medved (80 Kolobarić), Elšnik (70 Petrovič), Žinič, Gnezda Čerin, Matko (80 Rogelj), Prelec (92 Ogrinec), Karič, Kolmanič
    • Matchday 3 (30/03/2021)
      Italy-Slovenia

    Last updated 28/03/2021 09:47CET

    Team facts Only this chapter

    Italy

    Tournament record
    2019: group stage
    2017:
    semi-finals
    2015:
    group stage
    2013:
    runners-up
    2011: 
    did not qualify (play-offs)
    2009:
    semi-finals
    2007: group stage
    2006: group stage
    2004: winners
    2002: semi-finals
    2000: winners
    1998: did not qualify
    1996:
    winners
    1994: winners
    1992: winners
    1990: semi-finals
    1988: quarter-finals
    1986: runners-up
    1984: semi-finals
    1982: quarter-finals
    1980: quarter-finals
    1978: quarter-finals

    Biggest wins
    Final tournament
    4-0: Italy v Israel, 08/06/13
    Group stage, Tel Aviv

    Qualifying
    8-1: Italy v Wales, 05/09/03
    2004 qualifying group stage, Pavia
    7-0
    twice, most recently v Liechtenstein, 06/09/12
    2013 qualifying group stage, Casarano

    Heaviest defeats
    Final tournament

    3-1 four times, most recently v Spain, 27/06/17
    Semi-final, Kraków

    Qualifying
    6-0: Norway v Italy, 05/06/91
    1992 qualifying group stage, Stavanger

    https://www.uefa.com/under21/news/newsid=2244738.html#team+facts+italy

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    Slovenia

    Tournament record
    2019: did not qualify
    2017:
    did not qualify
    2015:
    did not qualify
    2013:
    did not qualify
    2011:
    did not qualify
    2009:
    did not qualify
    2007:
    did not qualify
    2006: play-offs
    2004: did not qualify
    2002:
    did not qualify
    2000:
    did not qualify
    1998:
    did not qualify
    1996: did not qualify

    Biggest wins
    Final tournament
    N/A

    Qualifying
    1-7: Estonia v Slovenia, 08/09/14
    2015 qualifying group stage, Rakvere

    Heaviest defeats
    Final tournament

    0-3: Slovenia v Spain, 24/03/21
    2021 group stage, Maribor

    Qualifying
    0-5: Slovenia v Greece, 08/10/99
    2000 qualifying group stage, Ruse

    https://www.uefa.com/under21/news/newsid=2647652.html#team+facts+slovenia

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    Legend

    :: Squad list
    No: number  DoB: date of birth  Qual: qualifying  FT: final tournament  Pld: played  Gls: goals  Overall U21: all-time qualifying and final tournament data

    :: Match officials
    Nat: nationality  DoB: date of birth

    Under-21: Total matches officiated in the UEFA European U21 Championship including all qualifying round matches. Matches as the fourth official are not included in these statistics. These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records in the competition.

    UEFA: Total matches officiated in all UEFA competitions including all qualifying round matches. Matches where the official has acted as the fourth official are not included in these statistics. These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records in the competition.

    :: Group statistics/Tournament schedule
    Pos: position  Pld: played  W: won  D: drawn  L: lost  GF: goals for  GA: goals against  Pts: points

    :: NOTE: All-time statistics
    Goals totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (eg. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored from the penalty mark during a penalty shoot-out.

    Competitions

    Club competitions
    • UCL: UEFA Champions League
    • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
    • UEL: UEFA Europa League
    • UCUP: UEFA Cup
    • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
    • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
    • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
    • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
    National team competitions
    • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
    • WC: FIFA World Cup
    • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
    • FRIE: Friendly internationals
    • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
    • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
    • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
    • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
    • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
    • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
    • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
    • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

    Competition stages

    • F: Final
    • GS: Group stage
    • GS1: First group stage
    • GS2: Second group stage
    • 3QR: Third qualifying round
    • R1: First round
    • R2: Second round
    • R3: Third round
    • R4: Fourth round
    • PR: Preliminary round
    • SF: Semi-finals
    • QF: Quarter-finals
    • R16: round of 16
    • QR: Qualifying round
    • R32: Round of 32
    • 1QR: First qualifying round
    • 1st: first leg
    • 2QR: Second qualifying round
    • 2nd: second leg
    • FT: Final tournament
    • PO: Play-off
    • ELITE: Elite round
    • Rep: Replay
    • 3rdPO: Third-place play-off
    • PO - FT: Play-off for Final Tournament
    • GS-FT: Group stage – final tournament

    Other abbreviations

    • (aet): After extra time
    • pens: Penalties
    • No.: Number
    • og: Own goal
    • ag: Match decided on away goals
    • P: Penalty
    • agg: Aggregate
    • Pld: Matches played
    • AP: Appearances
    • Pos.: Position
    • Comp.: Competition
    • Pts: Points
    • D: Drawn
    • R: Sent off (straight red card)
    • DoB: Date of birth
    • Res.: Result
    • ET: Extra Time
    • sg: Match decided by silver goal
    • GA: Goals against
    • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
    • GF: Goals for
    • W: Won
    • gg: Match decided by golden goal
    • Y: Booked
    • L: Lost
    • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
    • Nat.: Nationality
    • N/A: Not applicable
    • f: Match forfeited

    Statistics

    • -: Denotes player substituted
    • +: Denotes player introduced
    • *: Denotes player sent off
    • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

    Squad list

    • D: Disciplinary
    • *: Misses next match if booked
    • S: Suspended
    • Overall: Total appearances in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship final tournament only
    • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on UEFA.com.