Italy U21 delight for Borini

Italy striker Fabio Borini was delighted to put an unhappy season behind him by firing his country into the final of the European Under-21 Championship.

Last Updated: 15/06/13 at 23:39 Post Comment

Fabio Borini: Mobbed after firing Italy into the European U21 Championship final

Fabio Borini: Mobbed after firing Italy into the European U21 Championship final

The Liverpool striker, who scored just twice for his new club last term in an injury-hit campaign after arriving from Roma, scored the only goal of the game to defeat Holland in their semi-final.

The Azzurrini will now take on Spain in the final of the Under-21 tournament in Israel on Tuesday after Borini's smart turn and finish in the 79th minute in Petak Tikva on Saturday night.

Borini told Sky Sports 2HD: "It means everything - the past, the present, the future.

"All the group is absolutely amazing because it was very hard to play against Holland in the first half. We came out really well in the second half to be compact and scored the goal.

"I was waiting for this tournament since the beginning of the season. I have been preparing for this since I had my shoulder injury.

"To score the semi-final goal that takes us through to the final is very important for me."

Borini knows Tuesday's final against defending champions Spain will be another significant test, but feels the tag of underdogs could work in Italy's favour.

He added: "It won't be easier than this. It will be a very difficult game. They are playing to defend their title and we have nothing to lose."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e deserved respect for forging a successful football career despite being, clearly, made from balsa wood.

Nutboy
Wenger: Diaby deserves respect

L

iverpool should put in a bid for Barkley. As cheeky as it may sound, only he looks capable enough to replace Gerrard.

paulay8
Gerrard's Decay Becoming Sadly Apparent

M

y emotions were not mixed. Super professional that he is. I will never look at you the same way Frank. Love affair over.

gittoplo
Lampard: Mixed emotions

Footer 365

Scottish football: Former Celtic striker John Divers has died aged 74

Former Celtic striker John Divers has died. He was 74.

Mauricio Pochettino wants Tottenham to be positive against Nottingham Forest

Mauricio Pochettino feels Tottenham need to change their mentality after the defeat by West Brom.

Premier League: Liverpool granted permission to expand Anfield

Liverpool's plans to expand Anfield have received a boost after the council grant approval for redevelopment work.

Mail Box

Is Moyes The Big Winner This Season?

Man United and Everton are making David Moyes look good enough for Newcastle. We have lots of mails on Steven Gerrard but mostly Man United and Van Gaal...

Should Gerrard Play Further Forward?

That's one shout in a mailbox that recalls Rafa Benitez saying the Liverpool man would one day end up as a striker. Plus, thoughts on Rooney and 500 words on Ipswich...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property