Italy through to semi-finals

08 June 2013 10:17

Italy have secured progression to the European Under-21 Championship semi-finals and Norway look all but certain to join them.

The Azzurrini, having beaten England on match day one, thrashed hosts Israel 4-0 in Tel Aviv in Saturday night.

Riccardo Saponara gave Italy the lead after just 18 minutes and Israel's task was made all the more difficult when Eyal Golasa was sent off in the 37th minute.

Manolo Gabbiadini netted either side of half-time as Italy moved further ahead, before Alessandro Florenzi struck home to wrap up victory.

The win secures Italy's progression with a game to spare, with the only negative being an injury to Lorenzo Insigne.

Source: PA