U-21: Germany And Italy Impress In Group C Openers

(L-R) Germany's midfielder Serge Gnabry celebrates scoring with his team-mates defender Niklas Stark and midfielder Max Meyer during the UEFA U-21 European Championship Group C football match Germany v Czech Republic in Tychy, Poland on June 18, 2017. Germany won the match 2-0. / AFP PHOTO / PIOTR NOWAK (Photo credit should read PIOTR NOWAK/AFP/Getty Images)
U-21: Germany And Italy Impress In Group C Openers

Both Germany and Italy got off to flyers by winning their opening games 2-0

Lorenzo Pellegrini scored a stunning bicycle kick goal for Italy in a 2-0 win over Denmark.

With 54 minutes on the clock Federico Bernardeschi’s cross into the box wasn’t properly cleared by the Danes and Pellegrini was on hand to finish with a spectacular effort.

The game was made safe with four minutes to go when substitute Federico Chiesa squared a lovely ball into the box and striker Andrea Petagna bundled the ball home.


But apart from the welcome three points in their opening Group C game, there was another big talking point from the clash.

Angry Italian fans threw fake bank notes at Gianluigi Donnarumma – causing Italy’s clash with Denmark to be halted in the 35th minute.

The Italy Under-21s star has refused to sign a new AC Milan deal sparking a Europe-wide transfer battle and he looked less than impressed with what was thrown in his direction, which will probably only anger the fans more.

Germany , also strongly tipped to go far in Poland, dispatched Czech Republic 2-0 with former Arsenal star and new Bayern Munich signing Serge Gnabry on the score sheet.

It was the former Gunner who had the first chance of the game as he fired wide of the mark just five minutes in.


Max Meyer then forced Lukas Zima into a save as they began to ramp up the pressure but they had to wait until just before the interval for the breakthrough to arrive.

Meyer then grabbed the opener against the Czechs, curling a low shot into the bottom right corner after coming in from the left.

Gnabry then side-volleyed home to double the lead and make Gunners fans bemoan his sale a year ago to Werder Bremen.

Italy will next face Czech Repubic on Wednesday with Germany facing Denmark, both knowing a win should be enough to qualify, even as a second-placed side.

The pair square off in the final game in a mouth-watering clash that will surely decide who wins Group C.

Attention now turns to England after their goalless draw with Sweden, knowing they need to pick up a win over Slovakia on Monday.

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An Englishman that is a coach and analyst within the youth academy of a Spanish club whilst studying Sports Coaching. Obsessive over the tactical concepts of the European game, Alex regularly attends games in the La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A.

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