Holders to face Azzurrini in European Under-21 Championship Final
Defending champions Spain are through to the UEFA European Under-21 Championship Final once again after seeing off Norway 3-0 thanks to goals from Rodrigo, Isco and Alvaro Morata.
They will face five-time champions Italy in Tuesday’s climax in Jerusalem after Liverpool’s Fabio Borini scored the only goal in their semi-final against Holland.
Julen Lopetegui’s Spain side, which is yet to concede in Israel, dominated their Scandinavian opponents, although they were frequently frustrated by the heroics of goalkeeper Orjan Nyland Haskjold.
However, the deadlock was broken just seconds before the interval when former Bolton Wanderers loan man Rodrigo was alive to a loose ball and poked beyond the Norway stopper.
Isco sealed the win late on by feinting past two defenders and sending an angled finish into the back of the net. Substitute Morata added a third in stoppage-time from a tight-angle after Nyland had again kept out his initial effort.
The later kick-off between Italy and Holland was a much closer, attritional duel, which was not settled until eleven minutes from the end.
The Dutch dominated the first half but missed their opportunities as Adam Maher hit a post and Daley Blind had a long-range effort saved.
The Group B runners-up were punished after the break when Borini finished in style to shoot Italy into their first Final since they won their fifth title in 2004.