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Italy fall to familiar foe Spain at U21 Euros but there is hope for the future

England fans weren't the only ones to feel like they've been here before as they watched their team bow out of the Under-21 European Championship on penalties to Germany. Italy's U21s also saw an all too familiar and unwelcome story unfold before their eyes when they lost 3-1 to Spain later on Tuesday evening.

Ever since the Euro 2008 quarterfinal in Vienna, Italy have had to get used to losing to Spain over the past decade. Last summer's 2-0 win in the round-of-16 at Euro 2016 was the exception...

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Sassuolo's Lorenzo Pellegrini set for Roma return

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Lorenzo Pellegrini, 21, has made 11 under-21 appearances for Italy and has one senior cap.

Lorenzo Pellegrini confirmed on Tuesday that he will be moving from Sassuolo back to boyhood club Roma.

Speaking after Italy's 3-1 European Under-21 Championship semifinal loss to Spain, the midfielder said that he was close to sealing a return to the Stadio Olimpico where he will meet up with former Sassuolo boss Eusebio Di Francesco.

"I will go now and sign for Roma in the hotel," Pellegrini told reporters after the match.

"I am returning to Roma in order to play my chances. I want to be a protagonist,...

Saul Niguez guides Spain under-21s past 10-man Italy and into final

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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...


Slovakia's prime minister wants UEFA to investigate Euro U21 exit

Robert Fico wants an investigation after the Italy-Germany result.

The prime minister of Slovakia, Robert Fico, has called on UEFA to investigate his country's elimination at the group stage of the European Under-21 Championship.

His call came after Italy beat Germany 1-0 -- the only result that could have sent both teams through.

Both Italy and Germany have denied that there was any collusion, but Fico has written to UEFA and said: "I believe that you will have the whole issue investigated and UEFA will make rules for the next tournament which will give precedence...

Will England shake their inferiority complex? Can Asensio be stopped?

With the semifinals of the European Under-21 Championship set to kick off on Tuesday, Nick Miller highlights the stories to keep an eye on as England, Germany, Spain and Italy look to book a place in Friday's final in Krakow.

Can England shake their inferiority complex?

Of course it doesn't mean anything in reality, but it does raise a smile that England's European Under-21 Championship semifinal against Germany will take place a year to the day after the senior side were humiliated by Iceland....