/Saul Niguez scores 3 for Spain to reach European U21 final

Saul Niguez scores 3 for Spain to reach European U21 final


5:10 p.m. ET June 27, 2017

KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — Saul Niguez scored a second-half hat trick to fire Spain into the final of the Under-21 European Championship with a 3-1 victory over 10-man Italy on Tuesday.

Seeking its fifth title, Spain will meet Germany in Krakow on Friday.

Saul broke the deadlock eight minutes into the second half.

With brilliant control of the ball, Dani Ceballos moved to the center from the left flank, leaving several opponents behind, before presenting a perfect pass for Saul to net with a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Five-time champion Italy managed to answer with Federico Bernardeschi nine minutes later with a low shot from inside the area. Italy already had been reduced to 10 men after Roberto Gagliardini received his second yellow four minutes before the equalizer.

Saul, who become the leading scorer of the tournament with five goals, didn’t waste time and added two…

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