Football

Italy U-21 face tough task after shock loss

Italy's hopes of qualifying for the European U-21 Championship semi-finals are left hanging by a thread after a 3-1 loss to the Czech Republic yesterday morning (Singapore time).

The Azzurrini must now beat Germany in their final Group C match on Tuesday, and hope that the Czechs do not beat Denmark.

In the other Group C match, Germany beat Denmark 3-0. Only the winners and the best runners-up from the three groups qualify for the last four.

In tomorrow morning's Group B games, Spain, who have already qualified as group winners, face Serbia, while Portugal can seal second spot with a draw against Macedonia. - WIRE SERVICES

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