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Borini fires Italy into U21s final

Liverpool striker Borini scored the winning goal. Credit: PA

Italy will face Spain in the final of the European Under-21 Championship after Fabio Borini's goal secured a 1-0 win over Holland.

The Liverpool striker's cool 79th-minute finish settled a tense affair which had looked destined for extra-time before his intervention.

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Prandelli sticks by Balotelli

Mario was very nervous. He conceded a lot of fouls and fell into the trap of reacting to provocation. He has to learn how to deal with certain situations and improve from that point of view.

We're trying to make him understand. I was planning to substitute him but I ran out of time.

– Italy manager Cesare Prandelli

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Pirlo to retire from international football after World Cup

In 2014 I will stop with the national team, I think the World Cup will be the last appointment with the blue shirt.

You have to leave room for the young.

At club level I will continue on as long as I have passion and I feel important.

Otherwise I'll be the first to get me out.

– Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo
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