A preview of tonight’s mouth-watering European Under-21 Championship final.
Where: Teddy Stadium Jerusalem
When: 17.00 BST
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After these countries’ senior sides met in the final of Euro 2012 last summer, their young counterparts will now come head-to-head in the final of the Under-21 Championships in Israel.
Spain will be the favourites with plenty of recognisable names in their starting lineup, including Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara and exciting Malaga prospect Isco, who is being linked with a move to Manchester City.
Isco has arguably been the player of the tournament so far, living up to his reputation as one of the best young players in the world, but the whole Spain team in general have been highly impressive, winning each of their games and managing not to concede a single goal so far in the tournament. Exciting Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata is the competition’s top scorer so far with four strikes to his name.
Italy have plenty of players that can cause them problems though, having overcome some difficult opponents in Holland and England, as well as a 4-0 thrashing of host nation Israel. They will be looking in particular to PSG midfielder Marco Verratti and Liverpool striker Fabio Borini for inspiration.
If Spain win tonight they will equal Italy’s record of four wins in this tournament, and they are the current holders of the trophy, hoping to follow in the senior side’s footsteps and retain their title.