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Jun 19, 2013

Platini praises Israel as Spain take spoils once again

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel came in for warm praise from European football’s supremo Michel Platini as the Euro Under-21 football championships ended with Spain thrashing Italy 4-2 to retain the title.

“The stadiums were wonderful and well organised, the pitches excellent and the atmosphere in the stadiums was great with many families with young children attending. That is exactly the type of tournament that I like to see,” Platini told a news conference.

Jun 19, 2013

Soccer-Platini praises Israel as Spain take spoils once again

JERUSALEM, June 19 (Reuters) – Israel came in for warm praise from European soccer’s supremo Michel Platini as the Euro Under-21 soccer championships ended with Spain thrashing Italy 4-2 to retain the title.

“The stadiums were wonderful and well organised, the pitches excellent and the atmosphere in the stadiums was great with many families with young children attending. That is exactly the type of tournament that I like to see,” Platini told a news conference.

Jun 18, 2013

Thiago hat-trick leads Spain to Euro Under-21 crown

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Captain Thiago Alcantara scored a first-half hat-trick to inspire Spain to a 4-2 win over Italy in the European Under-21 championship final on Tuesday.

The defending champions had little difficulty in breaking down Italy’s unusually hesitant defence as Barcelona’s Thiago scored with an easy header in the sixth minute, a close-range drive in the 31st and a penalty in the 38th.

Jun 18, 2013

Soccer-Thiago hat-trick leads Spain to Euro Under-21 crown

JERUSALEM, June 18 (Reuters) – Captain Thiago Alcantara scored a first-half hat-trick to inspire Spain to a 4-2 win over Italy in the European Under-21 championship final on Tuesday.

The defending champions had little difficulty in breaking down Italy’s unusually hesitant defence as Barcelona’s Thiago scored with an easy header in the sixth minute, a close-range drive in the 31st and a penalty in the 38th.

Jun 18, 2013

Soccer-Thiago hat-trick leads Spain to Euro Under-21 crown

JERUSALEM, June 18 (Reuters) – Captain Thiago Alcantara scored a first-half hat-trick to inspire Spain to a 4-2 win over Italy in the European Under-21 championship final on Tuesday.

The defending champions had little difficulty in breaking down Italy’s unusually hesitant defence as Barcelona’s Thiago scored with an easy header in the sixth minute, a close-range drive in the 31st and a penalty in the 38th.

Jun 15, 2013

Spain to meet Italy in Euro Under-21 final

PETAH TIKVA, Israel (Reuters) – Spain and Italy will meet in the European Under-21 Championship final, a repeat of the title showdown at the Euro 2012 senior tournament, after beating Norway and Netherlands respectively on Saturday.

Holders Spain swept aside Norway 3-0 in Netanya while Italy needed a late goal from Liverpool striker Fabio Borini to defeat the Dutch 1-0 in Petah Tikva.

Jun 15, 2013

Soccer-Spain to meet Italy in Euro Under-21 final

PETAH TIKVA, Israel, June 15 (Reuters) – Spain and Italy will meet in the European Under-21 Championship final, a repeat of the title showdown at the Euro 2012 senior tournament, after beating Norway and Netherlands respectively on Saturday.

Holders Spain swept aside Norway 3-0 in Netanya while Italy needed a late goal from Liverpool striker Fabio Borini to defeat the Dutch 1-0 in Petah Tikva.

Jun 12, 2013

Spain hit three against the Netherlands in Euro Under-21s

PETAH TIKVA, Israel (Reuters) – A rampant Spain beat the Netherlands 3-0 on Wednesday to set up a semi-final against Norway in the Euro Under-21 championships.

Three Spain strikers scored in a flowing performance as a much-changed Netherlands side, who will now clash with Italy in the second semi-final, were less tight in defence than in their two previous tournament outings.

Jun 12, 2013

Soccer-Spain hit three against the Netherlands in Euro Under-21s

PETAH TIKVA, Israel, June 12 (Reuters) – A rampant Spain beat the Netherlands 3-0 on Wednesday to set up a semi-final against Norway in the Euro Under-21 championships.

Three Spain strikers scored in a flowing performance as a much-changed Netherlands side, who will now clash with Italy in the second semi-final, were less tight in defence than in their two previous tournament outings.

Jun 11, 2013

Italy Under-21s equalise late against Norway, England lose again

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Italy equalised at the death against Norway in their final group match of the Euro Under-21 championships in Israel on Tuesday to finish ahead of their rivals, as England exited the competition with three defeats.

A goal by Italy midfielder Andrea Bertolacci of Genoa in the fourth minute of added time cancelled out a 90th minute penalty by Norway defender Stefan Strandberg to see the Italians finish top of the group with the Norwegians through as runners-up.