Italy has already advanced past the group stages of the European U-21 Championships with strong outings against Isreal and England, so they have nothing to gain in today’s match up against Norway. For the Norwegians, who currently sit in second-place in Group A, it is a completely different story. There is still a chance that Norway could fall to third and fail to advance if it all goes wrong.
First off, Israel would need to get a win over England, while Norway would have to lose against Italy. Then, Israel will need to find a way to swing a six goal differential in their favor to jump into second place.
It is most likely that these are the two teams we will see advancing from Group A, but crazier things have happened and a collapse is always possible, so we shouldn’t count out the host nation. However, as long as Norway takes care of their end of the work, they will advance without an issue.
How can you catch the continued European U-21 Championships action? Here are all of the details that you will need to keep up with the game and enjoy the talents from some of the best young soccer talent around the world:
Date: Tuesday, June 11
Start Time: 12 p.m. ET
Location: Jaffa, Israel
Venue: Bloomfield Stadium
TV Info: N/A
Live Stream: ESPN3.com
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