Defending champions Spain and co-favorites Italy have reached the quarter-finals of the U21 European Championship. The Spaniards won 2-0 (0-0) against the Czech Republic at the end of the group stage and have been unbeaten in 18 games in a row since June 2019. The five-time title holder Italy celebrated their first victory in a 4-0 (3-0) win against Slovenia and prevented the impending end.
In Celje, the Spaniards, who won the final against Germany 2-1 two years ago, were only redeemed by a late double from Dani Gomez (69th / 78th). Goalkeeper Josep Martinez from RB Leipzig was again not used.
In Maribor, Giulio Maggiore (10th), Giacomo Raspadori (19th) and two times Patrick Cutrone (25th, penalty / 50th) scored for the “Azzurrini”, who had failed in the group stage at the European Championship in 2019. Cutrone also missed another penalty (45th). Riccardo Marchizza saw yellow-red in the 82nd minute – it was Italy’s fifth expulsion in the third game.
In the German group A, the Netherlands had previously secured the group victory with a 6-1 (1-0) against co-hosts Hungary. Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven (58th / 70th) scored twice, with future Leipzig Brian Brobbey (89th) finishing the game. The two Herthaners Javairo Dilrosun and Deyovaiso Zeefuik were substituted on, Justin Kluivert (RB Leipzig) was in the starting line-up.