F Bernarderschi (30)
Italy U21 vs Germany U21
European U-21 Champ Grp C
7:45pm Saturday 24th June
Józef Pilsudski Stadium
ITALY U21 1-0 GERMANY U21
Germany will play England in the semis, after the result leaves them best placed runners-up.
Italy progress as Group C winners after a deserved victory on the evening. They will face Spain in the second semi-final on Tuesday evening.
ITALY U21 1-0 GERMANY U21
That's the whistle. It's all over
90: Three minutes stoppage time awarded.
88: A disappointing evening for German fans who haven't seen their side at their best. A few boo's ringing out around the stadium as Germany retain possession without intent.
85: Berardi is off for Locatelli.
82: Nothing to suggest that a late German comeback could be on the cards, as the Italians - spearheaded by the flair of Bernadeschi - keep pressing for a second.
78: CLOSE! Bernadeschi produces the cross of the evening, his left footed chip finds Conti at the back post, whose effort drags just wide.
76: Petagna replaces Chiesa for Italy.
73: Gagliardini pulls Gnabry back in a silly area, to giving Arnold another chance to whip one in.
Stark meets the cross this time, but it's flown over. Italy are not dealing with the Germany set pieces well though. If an equaliser was to come, that could be the source.
72: Germany look to further fresh legs in Jung. Dahoud is subbed off.
69: It's becoming scrappy and two cheap fouls are given away in quick succession.
Meyer is off for Philipp.
67: Toljan and Barreca - a typical battle this evening - get into a tussle before Barreca brings him down.
He's furious with Toljan who looks perplexed as the Italian screams down at him. No card, however.
64: Italy break after Weiser's ball is cleared by an Italian head.
Benassi picks it up, plays a nice one two with one of his teammates before laying in Berardi.
Berardi looked in a dangerous area but a heavy touch gives the chance for German intervention. Berardi eventually fouls his marker, frustrated. Free-kick Germany.
63: The flag is up as Chiesa looked to be released down the left.
59: CHANCE! Bernadeschi skips between a couple to make some space.
He angles back before playing in Berardi whose shot is saved well by Pollerbeck. He got down quickly to his right, turning it behind the goal.
57: That was Germany's best move but their front three are growing into the game.
Selke receives the ball with his back to goal and flicks to the onrushing Weiser.
He moves the ball into a shooting position, but gets his balance wrong and directs wide.
55: Gnabry is released down the left by Meyer, his ball is threaded to take out two Italian covering defenders.
Gnabry's touch is a little heavy and Donnarumma gathers his attempt to square.
54: Lovely turn from Dahoud who shapes to take a touch in front of Pellegrini, but just at the last moment shields and skips the opposite way. Bright move from the Dortmund man.
51: Gnabry wins a free-kick. Arnold's ball is whipped with pace but it comes off an Italian head for a corner.
Arnold's corner fails to clear the first man and Italy get out of danger.
49: Gagliardini is down holding his face in dramatic fashion.
The replay shows Max Arnold catches him with an elbow, but clearly accidental.
47: First action after the interval sees Cheisa make yards down the left-flank, his cross is over-hit and eventually runs out for a German throw in.
Second-half underway! Can Italy hold on?
That's half-time. Both teams as it stands will progress into the knockout stages.
Elsewhere in Group C it's Czech Republic 1-2 Denmark.
45+1: Gagliardini receives treatment after being brough to ground with force. He's back on as the one minute stoppage time is signalled.
Conti is booked for a cynical challenge and he misses the semi-final, should Italy progress.
42: Germany keeping the ball inside the Italians half, both German centre-halves doing well to win the ball back as it breaks upfield.
Max Arnold has a speculative shot from distance, but it's far and wide. The Italians re-group.
38: The Italian defence, and in particular Andrea Conti, have been solid this half. They made sure the offside goal was not to faze them and have kept their cool.
39: CHANCE! Germany win a corner. Meyer takes and the ball breaks to the feet of Kempf who has time to take a touch, but his shot is blocked for another.
35: Germany have looked shaky at the back since that goal went in. Italy brewing in confidence, it's a feisty encounter now.
33: YELLOW! Chiesa clips the heels of Kempf and that's the first booking. The referee had let a few go before that one, it was rash.
GOAL! ITALY U21 1-0 GERMANY U21 (Bernadeschi, 30)
Germany lose the ball carelessly in a dangerous area and Pellegrini latches on to a loose pass.
It's deflected off Berardi and Bernadeschi is in one-on-one against Pollersbeck. He makes no mistake in firing the Italians in front. Germany concede for the first time this competition.
ITALY U21 0-0 GERMANY U21
25: Brilliant run from Caldara, who skips a couple of challenges and nutmegs Dahoud, before being brought down by Kempf on the edge of the German box.
Bernadeschi is on the free-kick and his bending effort flies just shy of the left post. Goal kick.
20: SAVE! Pellegrini lets one fly from 20-yards.
It moves in the air and Pollersbeck does well to palm from danger.
19: Germany look dangerous going forward and Gnabry's outside-of-the-boot pass is inches from finding Meyer in a one-on-one situation with Donnarumma.
His run was clever to deceive the Italian back-line.
16: Germany pen Italy into their own third, quick passes from Gnabry and Meyer find Mahoud, but the promising attack breaks down after a wayward cross is cleared one of the Italian defenders.
14: Weiser is brought down clumsily in his own half after a spell of Italian pressure. Germany regroup.
11: Barreca is strong to shuffle Weiser - who was advancing into the penalty box with intent - off the ball, regaining possession and winning a throw in.
12: Gnabry flies down the left before checking inside and firing a fierce cross into the danger zone.
It was just a tad over-hit.
9: Well until that free-kick was conceded, Italy looked very much in control.
The offside goal seems to have given them a wake up call, and Germany are playing some intricate passes around now.
6: OFFSIDE! And Germany will feel aggreived. Kempf makes contact with a brilliant free-kick that finds the net, but he's flagged offside.
Stark may have been offside, but on the replay, Kempf looks on.
5: Italy enjoying the majority of possession, with raking balls to Conti on the right-flank already a regular feature in this fixture.
3: Gerhardt gives away a free-kick with a strong challenge on Berardi here early on. A sign of things to come, maybe.
1: We are underway - will Italy produce the upset of the tournament this evening?
Time for the national anthems and we are just five minutes from kick-off now.
Remember, if Germany avoid defeat to Italy, it is likely they face England in the semi-finals on Tuesday.
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Italy face a tough task tonight, facing a Germany side yet
to be breached this tournament.
Highly rated Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorentina) and Domenico
Berardi (Sassuolo) are yet to recreate the form that saw the pair set Serie A
alight last season, whilst Gianluigi Donnarumma has had a turbulent competition,
both on and off the field.
For Germany though, the duo of Max Meyer and Serge Gnabry
have been stand-out performers, whilst Borussia Dortmund’s Mahmoud Dahoud has
been a driving force in midfield.
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WHO CAN QUALIFY?
Germany can guarantee top spot in the group with a win or draw against Italy,
whilst a one goal margin defeat would be enough to still top the group if the Czech Republic beat Denmark elsewhere this evening.
Italy can only reach the semi-finals if they finish top of the group.
They could do so by beating Germany and but will have to hope the Czech Republic do not beat
Denmark elsewhere. If the Czech Republic win, Italy must beat Germany by scoring three goals,
and win by a two-goal margin.
However, Germany are yet to concede a goal this tournament...
Italy make 5 changes from the team that lost 3-1 to the Czech Republic last time out, whilst Germany remain unchanged from their tournament opener.
GERMANY TEAM NEWS
Team to play Italy: Pollersbeck, Toljan, Stark, Kempf, Gerhardt, Arnold, Dahoud, Weiser, Meyer, Gnabry, Selke.
Subs: Schwabe, Anton, Jung Platte, Klunter, Kehrer, Amiri, Haberer, Oztunali, Kohr, Philipp, Vlachodimos.
ITALY TEAM NEWS
Team to play Germany: Donnarumma; Conti, Rugani, Caldara, Barreca; Chiesa, Gagliardini, Pellegrini, Benassi; Berardi, Bernardeschi.
Subs: Ferrarri, Cerri, Calabria, Biraschi, Grassi, Garritano, Cragno, Petagna, Scuffet, Cataldi, Locatelli, Pezzella.
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