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Italy Under-21s 1-2 England U21s: Visitors stretch unbeaten run to 21

Dominic Solanke
Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke scored both goals from inside the box

England Under-21s took their unbeaten run to 21 matches with a 2-1 victory over Italy Under-21s in Ferrara.

Dominic Solanke, who was fortunate not to be sent off, twice scored from close range - either side of Moise Kean's header for the hosts.

England made a slow start, with Italy creating two clear chances before the visitors' Jake Clarke-Salter limped off injured within the first three minutes.

Aidy Boothroyd's men return to action against Denmark on Tuesday (17:00 GMT).

With the home side having started the better, Solanke's eighth-minute opener came against the run of play.

The Liverpool striker met Ryan Sessegnon's cross with timing and precision to place the ball past a helpless Emil Audero.

Both sides had chances as the game ebbed and flowed, and Solanke was lucky to escape with just a yellow card after a late challenge on substitute Arturo Calabresi.

Italy were level two minutes before the break as Kean cancelled out Solanke's opener with a powerful header from Vittorio Parigini's cross.

England responded after the interval, with Demarai Gray a threat, and Solanke scored the winner with a smart side-foot finish from inside the six-yard box.

The hosts had chances to level but could not find a way past Dean Henderson, who saved brilliantly from Patrick Cutrone.

Line-ups

Italy U21

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Audero
  • 15AdjapongSubstituted forCalabresiat 21'minutes
  • 19Romagna
  • 6BastoniSubstituted forValzaniaat 64'minutes
  • 3Pezzella
  • 8CastrovilliSubstituted forBonifaziat 63'minutes
  • 10MandragoraSubstituted forVerdeat 90+1'minutes
  • 24ZanioloSubstituted forPessinaat 81'minutes
  • 11PariginiSubstituted forLa Guminaat 64'minutes
  • 9Cutrone
  • 20KeanSubstituted forOrsoliniat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Calabria
  • 4Valzania
  • 7Verde
  • 12Plizzari
  • 13Mancini
  • 14Depaoli
  • 16Orsolini
  • 17Bonifazi
  • 18Vido
  • 21Locatelli
  • 22Scuffet
  • 23Murgia
  • 25Pessina
  • 26Calabresi
  • 27La Gumina

England U21

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Henderson
  • 2Walker-Peters
  • 6Tomori
  • 5Clarke-SalterSubstituted forKellyat 4'minutes
  • 3Dasilva
  • 8DaviesBooked at 38minsSubstituted forDowellat 69'minutes
  • 4L Cook
  • 10Foden
  • 7GraySubstituted forNelsonat 63'minutes
  • 9SolankeBooked at 22minsSubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 63'minutes
  • 11R SessegnonSubstituted forAbrahamat 69'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 13Gunn
  • 16Kelly
  • 17Dowell
  • 19Calvert-Lewin
  • 20Nelson
  • 22Woodman
  • 23Abraham
Referee:
Vitaly Romanov

Match Stats

Home TeamItaly U21Away TeamEngland U21
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home20
Away16
Shots on Target
Home9
Away6
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home17
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Italy U21 1, England U21 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Italy U21 1, England U21 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Italy U21. Conceded by Lloyd Kelly.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniele Verde (Italy U21) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Antonino La Gumina.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Daniele Verde (Italy U21) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  6. Booking

    Tammy Abraham (England U21) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Tammy Abraham (England U21).

  8. Post update

    Daniele Verde (Italy U21) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Italy U21. Daniele Verde replaces Rolando Mandragora.

  10. Post update

    Phil Foden (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Rolando Mandragora (Italy U21).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Tammy Abraham (England U21).

  13. Post update

    Arturo Calabresi (Italy U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (England U21).

  15. Post update

    Arturo Calabresi (Italy U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Patrick Cutrone (Italy U21) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Riccardo Orsolini.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Riccardo Orsolini (Italy U21) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luca Valzania.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lewis Cook (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Phil Foden.

  19. Post update

    Corner, England U21. Conceded by Filippo Romagna.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tammy Abraham (England U21) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jay Dasilva.