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Mar 27, 2017 at 8pm UK at ​Stadio Olimpico
Italy U21sItaly Under-21s
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Spain U21sSpain Under-21s
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Niguez (34'), Mayoral (38')

Result: Spain Under-21s edge past Italy Under-21s in friendly

Spain Under-21s extend their unbeaten streak to nine matches courtesy of a 2-1 win over Italy Under-21s at the Stadio Olimpico.

Spain Under-21s have extended their unbeaten run to nine matches courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Italy Under-21s at the Stadio Olimpico this evening.

The visitors scored twice in the space of just four first-half minutes to take control of the contest, and Italy were unable to fight back despite Lorenzo Pellegrini halving the deficit with a little under 20 minutes remaining.

It was a scrappy goal that gave Albert Celades's side the lead, with Simone Scuffet only able to parry a tame shot from Denis Suarez back into a dangerous area where Saul Niguez was waiting to acrobatically fire the rebound home.

It was a deserved goal for Spain, and they drove home their advantage four minutes later when Federico Chiesa inadvertently glanced the ball to the back post while trying to clear a corner, setting up Borja Mayoral for a simple header from close range.

Italy almost responded through captain Marco Benassi in the second half, but he planted an unmarked header straight at Pau Lopez before firing a second effort against the crossbar.

The hosts did pull a goal back in the 72nd minute when Pellegrini powered a towering header into the top corner having been left unmarked in the middle of the Spain area.

It was not enough to spark a comeback for Italy, though, as they extended their recent run to just two wins in their last nine outings.

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