U21 European Championship 2019: Italy defeats Spain 3: 1 to the European Championship opening
Italy started with a victory in the U21 European Championship in their own country. The Azzurrini won against Spain 3: 1 (1: 1). Dani Ceballos had the Spaniard in the lead (9th minute), but Federico Chiesa (36th, 64th) and Lorenzo Pellegrini (82nd / penalties) turned the game in favor of the Italians.
With less than ten minutes played, the Italians fell behind in front of 25,000 fans in Bologna after Ceballos fired the ball from 20 yards into the right angle. However, the European record holder returned to the game and turned the 21-year-old Chiesa before Pellegrini the final penalty spot after a foul in the penalty area.
Thus, the Italians took the lead in Group A ahead of the tied Poland, which defeated Belgium also after deficit 3: 2 (1: 1). In Reggio Emiliana, the favored Belgians were led by Aaron Leya Iseka (16). Szymon Zurkowski equalized ten minutes later. Krystian Bielik (52.) and Sebastian Szymanski (79.) met after the break for Poland. Dion Cool's connection in the 84th minute made the game exciting again, but it was the victory for the underdogs.
Only the three group winners and the best of three runners-up move into the semi-finals. The DFB team starts against Denmark on Monday night (21 clock) in the tournament. Other preliminary round opponents of defending champions Germany are Serbia (June 20) and Austria (June 23).