Result: Italy scrape past Netherlands to reach European Under-21 Championship final

Italy's Fabio Borini celebrates his winner against Holland on June 15, 2013
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Fabio Borini scores with just over 10 minutes against the Netherlands to play to send Italy into the European Under-21 Championship final.

A second-half Fabio Borini strike was enough to see Italy past the Netherlands in the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship.

The Netherlands almost got off to a perfect start as Adam Maher clipped a fifth-minute free kick against the post.

The men in orange had the better of the first half and another chance came their way after 20 minutes, Kevin Strootman firing in a low cross that was just in front of Luuk de Jong.

Francesco was then tested by Daley Blind before Borini hit the side-netting late in the half.

The frantic end to the first half was not matched at the start of the second and it took 20 minutes for the first meaningful effort as Borini fired a snap-shot just wide.

With the game heading for extra time, it was Borini who finally broke the deadlock as he latched onto Lorenzo Insigne's ball before turning in the box and firing low.

After that the Italians were comfortable in holding on to their lead and move on to meet Spain in Tuesday's final.

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