Italy Under-21’s beat England

Italy’s Under-21’s defeated England 1-0 in Empoli with a late Federico Macheda penalty the difference between the two sides.
The Azzurini failed to qualify for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship this summer and had a point to prove against an England side participating in the 8-team tournament in Denmark.
A tactical opening period saw only one shot on goal as former Ciro Ferrara and Stuart Pearce’s teams fought to take control of the match. England lost young Evertonian Jack Rodwell to injury after only 11 minutes and just after Vicenza striker Gianvito Misuraca stung the gloves of the keeper. The Aston Villa double of Marc Albrighton and Nathan Delfouneso combined well to cause Italy trouble and the home side lost influential Bari midfielder Marco D’Alessandro before the break.
In the second half Macheda went close after 60 minutes when he stormed into the box only for his shot to go narrowly wide. England’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came on to inject some invention into the play but Macheda decided the match after Ben Mee clattered Juventus striker Niccolò Giannetti. The Sampdoria marksman fired high to the keeper’s right to claim a morale boosting victory for Ferrara and his team.

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