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U-21 Euro • Semifinal
RefReferee Ovidiu HateganHaMoshava Stadium • Sunday, June 16, 2013 • 02:30

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Italy U-21 - Netherlands U-21
U-21 Euro - 16 June 2013

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What did you make of the game? Were Italy fortunate to win? Should the Netherlands have won the game? Let me know on Twitter (@grahamruthven).

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It's Italy who will play Spain in the final! The Dutch will feel hard done by having dominated much of the game but in the end they didn't take their chances and the Italians took their only genuine opportunity in front of goal. Mangia's gameplan worked to perfection!

96'

FULL TIME: Netherlands 0-1 Italy

 
 
96'

YELLOW CARD: Sansone (Italy).

95' 

We're now into added time on top of added time and still the Netherlands haven't created a real chance in stoppage time.

94' 

Bardi claims the ball and a few more seconds pass. Is this the end of the road for the Dutch?

93' 

And now Calderoni is down on the ground after a clash of heads with De Jong. There will be added time to the added time. Or at least should be.

92' 

The Netherlands lump the ball forward but it goes straight through to Bardi. They need to do better than that.

91'

Italy sub: Rossi OFF, Crimi ON.

90' 

An additional five minutes of stoppage time to be played.

89'

YELLOW CARD: Martins Indi (Netherlands).

88' 

Fer rises highest from the corner but his header is directed straight at Bardi in the Italian goal.

87' 

Depay tries to work his way through the Italy backline but his pass ricochets off Verratti and out for a corner.

 
86' 

Bardi is down on the ground. The cynically inclined would say he's time-wasting. Not me though.

85' 

Both sides have made their substitutions and showed their hand. Can the Dutch mount one last attack on the Italy goal?

84'

Italy sub: Insigne OFF, Sansone ON.

83'

Netherlands sub: Daley Blind OFF, Leroy Fer ON.

82'

YELLOW CARD: Gabbiadini (Italy).

82'

YELLOW CARD: Blind (Netherlands).

82'

Bardi is called into action, palming the ball away after De Jong had flicked on the long throw in. The Netherlands aren't going down without a fight!

81' 

Blind fires his freekick straight into the wall and the chance from the set-piece is gone for the Dutch.

79' 

Credit must go to Devis Mangia, who decided to keep Borini on and instead took Immobile off for Gabbiadini.

78' 

Over to you Netherlands. They've got just over ten minutes to find an equaliser. Italy's gameplan of turning this into a tighter game has worked.

 
77'

GOAL! Netherlands 0-1 Italy (77 mins - Fabio Borini). Italy make the breakthrough! Great touch from the Liverpool forward, great turn and great finish under the keeper.

76' 

Borini shifts the ball onto his right foot and tries to free up enough space to get a shot away but Strootman keeps with him and gets a foot in to win the ball.

75' 

Italy have made themselves more solid in this second half and it's had an effect on the game. Not flowing as freely as it was in the first half.

74'

Netherlands sub: De Vrij OFF, Van Der Hoorn ON.

72' 

The game has fallen into a bit of a lul at the moment. More time being spent with De Vrij, whose game looks finished.

71' 

De Vrij is off the pitch at the moment receiving treatment, meaning the Netherlands are down to ten men for the time being.

70' 

Martins Indi looks to have elbowed Donati in the stomach off the ball. The referee didn't see it and the Dutch defender can count himself lucky.

69'

Best chance of the game so far falls to the Dutch but they can't make it count. De Jong beats the offside trap to get in behind the Italy defence but his cut back across the face of goal didn't find a teammate and the ball stayed out.

68'

Netherlands sub: Ola John OFF, Memphis Depay ON.

67' 

Van Rhijn crosses a deep ball into the box but Van Ginkel fouls Caldirola and Italy can breathe again.

 
66' 

Italy are now enjoying a good spell of control. Not looking particularly dangerous but they're seeing a lot more of the ball.

64'

Gabbiadini sees his shot blocked by Martins Indi but the rebound falls to Borini 25 yards out but the Liverpool striker flashes his shot wide of the target.

63' 

There was the sense there would be goals tonight before kick-off. With an hour played, that prediction doesn't look so solid.

62'

Italy sub: Immobile OFF, Gabbiadini ON.

61' 

For a man on a yellow card Verratti is a nippy little player. Always in the referee's ear as well.

60' 

The corner comes in from Maher but the referee says Bardi has been fouled and awards Italy the freekick. Very soft decision.

59' 

Wijnaldum plays the ball into the box but Verratti tracking back lumps the ball out for a corner.

58' 

Strootman loses the ball to Immobile but De Vrij cleans up and tackles the Italian striker as he surged forward.

56' 

It's not quite clicking for the Dutch so far. The control of possession is there but it's all looking a bit laboured for them in the final third.

55' 

Maher tries to take a touch past Caldirola but the Italian centre-back blocks the move and passes out from the back.

 
54' 

The Netherlands surge forward through Wijnaldum but Maher turns back and builds the move from the midfield area.

52' 

Borini tries to pick out a pass on the edge of the box but the Dutch defence holds firm.

51' 

Italy look a little bit more compact in this second half. They're not affording them as much space and are closing down their passes quicker.

50' 

Immobile challenges De Vrij in the air but the Italian striker is penalised for a push on the defender.

49' 

You can see why Strootman has been linked to Manchester United. He likes to drop deep and collect the ball before driving forward and picking a pass. Would be a great addition to the Premier League.

48' 

John picks up the ball and drives inside. We didn't see much of that in the first half. Has Pot told his wingers to cut inside more often?

47' 

Netherlands still look to be closing Verratti. The PSG man just received the ball and within two seconds there were three opponents round him.

46' 

The Dutch start positively and push Italy back into their own half. However Maher is forced to turn back and plays the ball all the way back to Martins Indi.

45'

The second half has started between the Netherlands and Italy!

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What have you made of the first half? Do the Netherlands deserve to be ahead? Is Italy's gameplan going the way it should be? Let me know on Twitter (@grahamruthven).

 
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The Dutch have undoubtedly edged the opening 45 minutes, with Maher and Wijnaldum looking particularly lively. Italy have had their chances as well, largely through Immobile and Insigne but they will need to up their game if they are to come out on top of this one.

46'

HALF TIME: Netherlands 0-0 Italy

46'

Maher flashes his freekick just past the post, much to the relief of the Italians and Bardi.

45' 

A single additional minute of stoppage time to be played.

44' 

Maher wins a freekick on the edge of the box after being brought down by Insigne.

43' 

Wijnaldum is brought down by Regini but the Dutch winger gets up and keeps running. It took another two opposition players to stop him.

42'

Borini hits the net, but it's the side-netting. Perhaps should've cut it on to his left foot rather than try and squeeze the ball in from a tight angle.

41' 

De Jong swings a leg at the ball, sending the ball flying over the goal but the whistle had already gone for a foul.

40'

Blind strikes at goal from just over 25 yards but Bardi gets his body behind the ball to punch away. Maher latches on to the rebound but his effort strikes Caldirola.

39'

Insigne does brilliantly to evade the challenge of Strootman, with the odd nutmeg and spin, but his shot from 25 yards drifts harmlessly wide. He had runners off the ball as well.

 
38' 

One thing the Dutch have managed to do so far is keep Verratti quiet. When he plays well, Italy plays well and so far he hasn't been allowed to have the influence he wants on the game.

37' 

Netherlands have claims for a penalty turned down as Donati runs across Maher to halt the Dutch midfielder. Would've been a soft award.

36' 

The Netherlands have yet to have a shot on target yet. That will be a worry for coach Cor Pot heading into the break.

35' 

The continuing battle between Maher and Verratti is an entertaining sideshow.

34' 

As entertaining and fascinating as this game has been there's been little to speak of in the way of clear chances. Hoping that changes.

33' 

Italy look to be using Immobile as a targetman. He's very good at holding up the ball and bringing teammates into the game, anyway.

32' 

Strootman plays a Scholes-esque ball out to Wijnaldum. It came to nothing but the pass deserved a mention. It was wonderful!

30'

Great counter attack by Italy and best move of the game so far! Isigne surges forward and finds Immobile who take a touch past the defender but his shot is saved by the legs of Zoet.

29' 

Donati puts a flailing arm into the face of John but it didn't look intentional.

28' 

Italy have a freekick in a dangerous area but Borini's header from Isigne's whipped set-piece goes well wide.

 
27' 

Martins Indi is forced into a corner under pressure from Borini but the Holland centre back takes no chances and boots it out of play. If in doubt....

26' 

We haven't seen much from De Jong yet. The Dutch have been attacking down the wings rather than through the centre so far.

25' 

Caldirola dives in on Van Ginkel. A pretty poor tackle but the offside flag is up. Lucky for him. Should've seen yellow, really.

23' 

He also has bags of pace. Just completely smoked Regini for speed. Unfortunately for him he forgot to take the ball with him. Oops.

22' 

Wijnaldum looks to be very lively early on. Providing an effective outlet for the Netherlands on the right so far.

21' 

John tries to take on Donati down the left but the Italian shows experience beyond his years to scupper the Dutchman.

19'

John retrieves a diagonal pass across the field and plays it back to Strootman who scuffs his shot on goal. However, the ball almost falls into the path of Maher but he can't stretch far enough to connect.

18' 

Maher's corner a little too deep and the Dutch can't keep the opportunity alive, with Bardi coming off his line to claim.

17' 

Van Ginkel does well to surge up the right and win a corner for the Netherlands.

16' 

Italy starting to impose themselves on this game now. Until now they've only imposed their studs on the shins of the Dutch.

 
15'

YELLOW CARD: Marco Verratti (Italy).

14' 

Bit of a scuffle between John and Florenzi. The Dutchman refused to shake the hand of Florenzi and the Italian is now pointing to the 'Respect' logo on his sleeve. And who says that campaign isn't having an impact?

13' 

Wijnaldum plays an angled cross into the box and finds John at the back post. However the Benfica man can't find a teammate with his set up and the chance is gone.

11' 

To highlight just how seriously the Dutch are taking this tournament, their under 21 side has 63 senior caps between them.

10' 

Maher swings a dangerous corner into the box from the left but Bardi rises highest to punch the ball away.

9' 

Italy concede a foul in the centre of the pitch and Verratti is on the referee's case. The PSG midfielder isn't the shy type.

8' 

Regini gets to the byline, clipping a cross into the box but Martins Indi is there to glance the ball away from the danger area.

7' 

Immobile works the channel to receive the ball deep in the Dutch half on the right but he can't escape the challenge of Blind.

6' 

Maher plays another freekick into the box but this time his effort is blocked by the wall.

5'

YELLOW CARD: Fabio Borini (Italy).

 
3'

Maher strikes the crossbar with a wonderful freekick from the edge of the box. Great effort!

3' 

Wijnaldum drives towards goal and forces Verratti into a challenge, with the referee penalising the Italian for a handball.

2' 

Scrappy start by both sides. Surprised that Borini has started up front. Expected Gabbiadini to keep his place in attack.

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And we're under way in Israel! Who will join Spain in the final? Netherlands or Italy?

19:27 

Just minutes until kick-off in Israel and the sides are lined up for the anthems. The Italian anthem being the best anthem of all time, of course.

19:25 

Italy have conceded just once in the tournament so far and will need to be at their defensive best to keep out a Netherlands side that has scored eight goals.

19:20 

TEAM NEWS: Netherlands U21s - Zoet; Blind, Martins Indi, De Vrij, Van Rhijn; Strootman, Maher, Van Ginkel; John, De Jong, Wijnaldum. /// Italy U21s - Bardi; Regini, Caldirola, Bianchetti, Donati; Insigne, Verratti, Rossi, Florenzi; Immobile, Borini.

19:15 

We'll bring you team news and line-ups as soon as we have it. I expect a number of changes from the Netherlands from the team that lost to Spain.

19:10 

What are you thoughts ahead of kick-off? Who do you fancy to join Spain in the final? Let me know on Twitter (@grahamruthven).

19:05 

So who will be joining Spain in the final? The Netherlands have been very impressive in the tournament so far but the Italians have shown they know how to grind out results.

 
19:00 

Good evening and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE coverage of the European Under 21s Championhip semi-final between the Netherlands and Italy. We'll keep you up to date with all the action and goals as they go in over in Israel.

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