KRAKOW, Poland -- Saul Niguez scored a second-half hat trick to fire Spain into the final of the European Under-21 Championship with a 3-1 victory over 10-man Italy on Tuesday.
Seeking their fifth title, Spain will meet Germany -- who beat England on penalties earlier in the day -- in Krakow on Friday.
For more than a half, the game looked little like the high-scoring 2013 final between the two that Spain won 4-2 to win the trophy for the fourth time.
With clear chances at goal missing, Spain looked...
Stefan Kuntz was in the dugout and Stuart Pearce was in the TV studio, so England's defeat to Germany on penalties in the Under-21 European Championship semifinal should have come as no surprise to anyone.
Kuntz, now Germany's U21 coach, scored the fifth and final penalty to break English hearts in the semifinal of Euro '96, while Pearce missed in the shootout defeat to West Germany at the same stage of Italia '90.
In Tychy, Nathan Redmond placed his spot-kick too close to German goalkeeper Julian...