Euro Under-21 Championship
Spain U21Spain U213Italy U21Italy U211

Spain U21 3-1 Italy U21

Saul Niguez
Niguez's Spain side play Germany in Friday's final in Krakow, Poland

Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez scored a hat-trick as Spain beat Italy to set up a European Under-21 Championship final with Germany.

The 22-year-old put Spain ahead with a finish from just inside the box, but Italy equalised through Federico Bernardeschi's deflected shot despite having Roberto Gagliardini sent off.

Saul restored Spain's lead with a fantastic 30-yard drive three minutes later, and completed his treble by turning in first time from Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio's low cross.

Germany earlier booked their place in Friday's final (a 19:45 BST kick-off) with victory over England in a penalty shootout.


Spain U21

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Arrizabalaga Revuelta
  • 2Bellerín
  • 4Meré
  • 5Vallejo
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 8Saúl
  • 22Llorente
  • 6CeballosSubstituted forOyarzabalat 89'minutes
  • 11Asensio
  • 12RamírezSubstituted forWilliamsat 78'minutes
  • 7DeulofeuSubstituted forD Suárezat 83'minutes


  • 3Gayá
  • 9Mayoral Moya
  • 10D Suárez
  • 13Blanco
  • 14Merino
  • 15Williams
  • 16López
  • 17Odriozola Arzallus
  • 18Oyarzabal
  • 20Soler
  • 21Rodri
  • 23González Polanco

Italy U21

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Donnarumma
  • 2CalabriaBooked at 56mins
  • 13Caldara
  • 4Rugani
  • 3Barreca
  • 15BenassiBooked at 45minsSubstituted forGarritanoat 87'minutes
  • 18GagliardiniBooked at 58mins
  • 6Pellegrini
  • 10Bernardeschi
  • 11PetagnaSubstituted forCerriat 72'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 20ChiesaSubstituted forLocatelliat 61'minutes


  • 5Cataldi
  • 8Grassi
  • 9Cerri
  • 14Biraschi
  • 16Garritano
  • 17Cragno
  • 19Scuffet
  • 21Locatelli
  • 22Ferrari
  • 23Pezzella
Slavko Vincic

Match Stats

Home TeamSpain U21Away TeamItaly U21
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Spain U21 3, Italy U21 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Spain U21 3, Italy U21 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lorenzo Pellegrini (Italy U21) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Federico Bernardeschi.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Mikel Oyarzabal (Spain U21).

  5. Post update

    Davide Calabria (Italy U21) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Iñaki Williams (Spain U21) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mikel Oyarzabal.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Spain U21. Conceded by Manuel Locatelli.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Denis Suárez (Spain U21) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Iñaki Williams (Spain U21) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alberto Cerri (Italy U21) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lorenzo Pellegrini.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lorenzo Pellegrini (Italy U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Spain U21. Mikel Oyarzabal replaces Dani Ceballos.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Italy U21. Luca Garritano replaces Marco Benassi.

  14. Post update

    Dani Ceballos (Spain U21) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Mattia Caldara (Italy U21).

  16. Post update

    Saúl Ñíguez (Spain U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Davide Calabria (Italy U21).

  18. Post update

    Iñaki Williams (Spain U21) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Manuel Locatelli (Italy U21).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Spain U21. Denis Suárez replaces Gerard Deulofeu.

As It Stood


1England U2132105147
2Slovakia U2132016336
3Sweden U21302125-32
4Poland U21301237-41


1Spain U2133009189
2Portugal U2132017526
3Serbia U21301225-31
4Macedonia U213012411-71


1Italy U2132014316
2Germany U2132015146
3Denmark U21310247-33
4Czech Rep U21310257-23
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