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Spain under’21 stalls against a defensive Italy


Luis de la Fuente’s team will be in the final phase of the European if they draw on Tuesday against the Czech Republic

Puado against Frabotta, during the match in Maribor.IGOR KUPLJENIKEFE
As if it wanted to imitate its elders, Spain U21 went from sweeping in one game to running dry in the next. Of course, his case is more logical, since the win last Wednesday went to Slovenia and the brake came this Saturday against Italy, another of the great quarries of the continent.

The point does not serve the combined Luis de la Fuente to achieve his pass to the final phase of the U21 European Championship, but he leaves the way clear: it will suffice to draw on Tuesday against the Czech Republic.
Spain was superior to a very conservative Italy, but did not manage to burst its defensive network, despite the fact that two of its two starting centrals were low due to having been sent off in their opening match. He hardly suffered and he only needed to be more decisive in the final third of the field, where the accumulation of rivals demanded a precision and a ball speed that Spain never managed to put into practice.
The draw, in any case, is positive for the U21 and to a certain extent also for Italy, which will be worth it by defeating the weak Slovenia, host of this group stage, to sneak into the tie that will be played in two months. At least, they never seemed too urgent to score the three points against Spain.
The game was quite linear, with Luis de la Fuente’s boys taking control and Italy waiting behind. Despite this, the best chance of the match was given by Escape, whose very tough shot was spectacularly neutralized by lvaro Fernndez.
That happened during the first half, in which Italy had small phases in which they were a bit more ambitious, but without the presence of their forwards, including the Valencianist Cutrone. The second part was more monochromatic, with Manu García and Puado trying to find more options between the lines. Pipa’s entry after the break also gave greater depth to the right wing.
The worst thing was that the duel was heating up, with three reds at the end, two for Italy and one for Mingueza. The Bara center-back did nothing, but the already expelled Scamacca faked an attack and the German referee took the hook. Right after, Puado had the triumph in his boots, but the goalkeeper denied him the glory.

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