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June 15, 2013 7:30 PM BST
HaMoshava-Stadion — Pétaḥ-Tiqva (Petach-Tikva)
Referee:‬ O. Hațegan‎
Attendance:‬ 10123‎
 
78′ Fabio Borini
 
Top of the Match
Fabio Borini
Fabio Borini
Italy Under 21
Fabio Borini
Fabio Borini
Italy Under 21
Flop of the Match
Mike van der Hoorn
Mike van der Hoorn
Netherlands Under 21
Ola John
Ola John
Netherlands Under 21

Italy U21 1-0 Netherlands U21: Borini sets up final clash versus Spain

The Liverpool striker proved the difference between the two sides in Petach-Tikva, as the Azzurrini are on course to end their nine-year barren spell in the junior tournament

By Livio Caferoglu

Borini in Italy-Netherlands Under 21
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Italy set up a clash with Spain in the final of the 2013 European U21 Championship after they edged past Netherlands 1-0 in the last four on Saturday.

A closely-contested battle was played out in Petach-Tikva, with the Dutch seeing far more of the ball than their Italian counterparts, but Fabio Borini his starting berth in attack with the winning goal midway through the second half.

Inside just five minutes, a Marco Verratti handball gifted Maher an early chance from a free kick on the edge of the box, and the AZ man proceeded to curl a fine attempt towards goal which crashed against the post.

Netherlands continued to stretch the Italians with their imaginative wing play, and Ola John bypassed Giulio Donati with an intelligent pass, although Kevin Strootman could only flash his shot wide of the target.

But while the Dutch dominated possession for large spells, they were always susceptible to the Azzurrini's threat on the counterattack, and Ciro Immobile came within Jeroen Zoet's palm's way of breaking the deadlock.

The quick-fire nature of Italy's response acted as a wake-up call for Cor Pot's young charges. Daley Blind, from his left-back position, suddenly called Francesco Bardi into action with a vicious long-range strike.

However, Italy again showed their prowess on the break just moments later when Fabio Borini latched onto an inch-perfect through ball but could only fire his finish into side-netting with Bruno Martins Indi nearby.

An intriguing first half came to an end, but sadly for the footballing purists in Petach-Tikva, the remaining period never quite compared to the heights of its predecessor as opportunities came at a premium.

In fact, it took 20 minutes for the match to open up. First up, Borini stabbed Insigne's lay-off wide of the post, before Strootman was too late to read Luuk de Jong's low cross with the goal at his mercy.

But 11 minutes from time, Italy found the all-important goal as Insigne picked out Borini in the box with a low pass, and he turned on a sixpence before side-footing the finish into the bottom-right corner.

Netherlands threw the kitchen sink at the Azzurrini in the closing stages, mainly via the aerial threat of Leroy Fer, but Bardi was equal each and every time to deny the Jong Oranje from the chance of winning a third title.


Italy Under 21

1
Francesco Bardi
Goalkeeper
3.00
26
Giulio Donati
Defender
90′
3.50
3
Luca Caldirola
Defender
3.50
-
3.00
19
Vasco Regini
Defender
3.00
24
Marco Verratti
Midfielder
16′
2.00
24
2.50
-
Fausto Rossi
Midfielder
92′
2.50
9
Ciro Immobile
Striker
62′
3.00
24
3.50
31
Fabio Borini
Striker
5′ 78′
3.50

Netherlands Under 21

3.00
41
Jeroen Zoet
Goalkeeper
3.00
34
3.50
3
2.50
5
2.50
17
Daley Blind
Defender
83′ 84′
3.50
6
3.50
8
Adam Maher
Midfielder
 - 
16
3.00
18
3.00
24
Ola John
Striker
69′
3.00
10

Substitutes

12
Simone Colombi
Goalkeeper
 - 
1
Nicola Leali
Goalkeeper
 - 
34
 - 
5
 - 
8
Luca Marrone
Midfielder
 - 
91
 - 
8
 - 
-
Marco Crimi
Midfielder
92′
 - 
11
3.00
22
 - 
-
2.50
43
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
40
Marco Bizot
Goalkeeper
 - 
16
Nick Marsman
Goalkeeper
 - 
27
1.50
-
 - 
52
 - 
16
Jordy Clasie
Midfielder
3.50
10
Leroy Fer
Midfielder
84′
 - 
-
T. Vilhena
Striker
 - 
11
 - 
-
2.50
22

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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Results
Group 1 Matchday 1
Times In GMT
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Arkadiusz Milik Arkadiusz Milik
Striker
FC Augsburg
9 0
Morata Morata
Striker
Real Madrid
8 1
Marcelo Brozović Marcelo Brozović
Midfielder
Dinamo Zagreb
7 1
Munas Dabbur Munas Dabbur
Striker
Grasshopper
7 0
Emil Atlason Emil Atlason
Striker
7 0