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Italy beat England but Sweden deny them semi spot

Published: Wednesday 24 June 2015, 22.46CET
England 1-3 Italy
The Azzurrini eased to a commanding win but triumph turned to despair as Sweden's late equaliser against Portugal knocked them out.
by Simon Hart
from Ander Stadium

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Match statistics

EnglandItaly

Goals scored1
 
3
Total attempts20
 
11
on target4
 
4
off target11
 
6
blocked5
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners7
 
4
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
12
Fouls suffered12
 
11

Standings

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Pts: Points   
Last updated: 30/11/2017 14:59 CET
Published: Wednesday 24 June 2015, 22.46CET

Italy beat England but Sweden deny them semi spot

England 1-3 Italy
The Azzurrini eased to a commanding win but triumph turned to despair as Sweden's late equaliser against Portugal knocked them out.

• Italy earn first win of U21 EURO but their effort is ultimately in vain
• Sweden's 89th-minute equaliser against Portugal snatches semi spot from Italy
• England finish bottom of Group B after second defeat
• Luigi Di Biagio's men seize control with two goals in three first-half minutes
• England left to rue Danny Ings' early chance on night of missed opportunities

It was a night of disappointment for Italy and England in Olomouc, although Luigi Di Biagio's team were the ones warranting the sympathy.

They did all they could do by taking three points against England and with two minutes to go looked to have snatched second place in Group B from Sweden. Instead a late Simon Tibbling goal meant the 2013 finalists missed out on the head-to-head rule and join England in an early exit.

For England it was a third successive group stage elimination and they were left to rue a clear opportunity spurned by Ings after 13 minutes. Harry Kane's brilliant pass sent Ings racing clear but the Liverpool striker, on his first start in the Czech Republic, drilled into the side-netting. In a high-stakes game it was a big moment.

Kane, the provider then, was a central – if ultimately frustrated – figure. He created something out of nothing for himself – plucking a high ball out of the air and cutting in to draw a flying save from Francesco Bardi – but moments later Italy seized control. Receiving a short free-kick 40 metres from goal, Domenico Berardi lifted a terrific ball over the line of English defenders to where Belotti pounced with a fine volleyed strike at full stretch.

Two minutes later, with England yet to recover, the Azzurrini had their second goal. Lorenzo Cristig was left free to run to the edge of England's box and when John Stones did step in, Cristig slid the ball to Benassi who shot in via a slight deflection off Ben Gibson.

Nathan Redmond and Kane both drew saves from Bardi as England sought to respond and another chance came and went moments after the restart when Jesse Lingard jinked past his marker but, with a sight of goal, swerved his shot past the post.

England had more chances – Ings and Lingard fired shots wide again – and they ended the night with 20 goal attempts but only four on target and one in the net, with Nathan Redmond's strike from distance in added time. By then Italy had a third goal after the unchallenged Marcello Trotta met Davide Zappacosta's long throw into the box with an overhead flick into the danger area where Benassi arrived to head in.

One of the many St George flags behind the goal England attacked in the second half bore the message 'They fly so high'. Instead they will be flying home – and Italy too. "Italia, Italia" was the cry from the small band of Italy fans in the Ander Stadium as news filtered through of Portugal's late goal but there was a sting in the tail to follow.

Last updated: 25/06/15 1.55CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2015/matches/round=2000408/match=2015378/postmatch/report/index.html#italy+with

Lineups

England

England

Italy

Italy

1
ButlandJack Butland (GK) (C)
1
BardiFrancesco Bardi (GK) (C)
2
JenkinsonCarl Jenkinson
3
BiraghiCristiano Biraghi
3
GarbuttLuke Garbutt
4
CrisetigLorenzo Crisetig
4
Forster-CaskeyJake Forster-Caskey
Substitution63
5
RuganiDaniele Rugani
5
StonesJohn Stones
6
RomagnoliAlessio Romagnoli
6
GibsonBen Gibson
9
BelottiAndrea Belotti
Goal25
9
KaneHarry Kane
10
BerardiDomenico Berardi
Substitution63
11
RedmondNathan Redmond
Goal90+3
15
BenassiMarco Benassi
Goal27
Goal72
14
ChalobahNathaniel Chalobah
19
TrottaMarcello Trotta
Substitution75
16
LingardJesse Lingard
21
CataldiDanilo Cataldi
17
IngsDanny Ings
22
ZappacostaDavide Zappacosta
Yellow Card57
Substitution83

Substitutes

12
BondJonathan Bond (GK)
14
SportielloMarco Sportiello (GK)
7
PritchardAlex Pritchard
2
SabelliStefano Sabelli
Substitution63
8
Ward-ProwseJames Ward-Prowse
7
VivianiFederico Viviani
Substitution83
10
CarrollTom Carroll
11
BernardeschiFederico Bernardeschi
13
BettinelliMarcus Bettinelli (GK)
12
BarbaFederico Barba
15
KeaneMichael Keane
13
BianchettiMatteo Bianchetti
18
AfobeBenik Afobe
16
BaselliDaniele Baselli
19
HughesWill Hughes
17
IzzoArmando Izzo
20
MooreLiam Moore
18
BattocchioChristian Battocchio
21
ChambersCalum Chambers
20
LealiNicola Leali (GK)
22
TargettMatt Targett
23
VerdiSimone Verdi
Substitution75
23
Loftus-CheekRuben Loftus-Cheek
Substitution63
Yellow Card67

Coach

Gareth Southgate (ENG) Luigi Di Biagio (ITA)

Referee

Sergei Karasev (RUS)

Assistant referees

Anton Averianov (RUS), Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)

Fourth official

Ondřej Pelikán (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Sergei Lapochkin (RUS), Sergei Ivanov (RUS)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution