Lorenzo Pellegrini stunner lifts Italy past Denmark as Serge Gnabry leads Germany to win over Czech Republic

Lorenzo Pellegrini scored a stunning bicycle kick goal for Italy in a 2-0 win over Denmark.

Luigi Di Biagio made the victory safe through former AC Milan starlet Andre Petagna to justify being labelled as a favourite for the tournament.

Germany, also strongly tipped to go far in Poland, dispatched Czech Republic 2-0 with former Arsenal star and new Bayern signing Serge Gnabry on the score sheet.

Max Meyer grabbed the opener against the Czechs, curling a low shot into the bottom right corner after coming in from the left.

KRAKOW, POLAND – JUNE 18: Jacob Rasmussen of Denmark and Marco Benassi of Italy compete for the ball during the UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group C match between Denmark and Italy at Krakow Stadium on June 18, 2017 in Krakow, Poland. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

KRAKOW, POLAND – JUNE 18: Luigi Di Biagio, coach of Italy gives his team instructions during the UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group C match between Denmark and Italy at Krakow Stadium on June 18, 2017 in Krakow, Poland. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

TYCHY, POLAND – JUNE 18: Serge Gnabry of Germany celebrates scoring his sides second goal with his Germany team mates during the UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group C match between Germany and Czech Republic at Tychy Stadium on June 18, 2017 in Tychy, Poland. (Photo by Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images)


Gnabry then side-volleyed home to double the lead and make Gunners fans bemoan his sale a year ago to Werder Bremen.

Italy will next face Czech Repubic on Wednesday with Germany facing Denmark, both knowing a win should be enough to qualify, even as a second-placed side.



TYCHY, POLAND – JUNE 18: Max Meyer (L) of Germany celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group C match between Germany and Czech Republic at Tychy Stadium on June 18, 2017 in Tychy, Poland. (Photo by Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images)

The pair square off in the final game in a mouth-watering clash that will surely decide who wins Group C.

Attention now turns to England after their goalless draw with Sweden, knowing they need to pick up a win over Slovakia tomorrow.

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