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Lorenzo Insigne injury scare

At first it appeared as though Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne had broken his ankle after a nasty collision in the U21 match between Italy and Israel, but he sustained a bad bruise and is expected to return for the semi-final. Meanwhile, Italy went on to win 4-0.

Ian Walton

Lorenzo Insigne picked up a bad bruising in the Italy U21 match against Israel on Saturday evening. Around the half-hour mark, Eyal Golasa clattered into the wee forward and Insigne was forced to leave the match on a stretcher. The poor boy was in tears.

At first it was thought he may have fractured his ankle or fibula, but fortunately it seems he only sustained a significant bruise. Insigne will miss the next match, but since Italy have already qualified for the semi-finals, it's not too huge of a deal.

Before insigne got clattered, he managed to force the Israel keeper into a sharp save, before turning provider for the first azzurrini goal, passing to former teammate Ciro Immobile who sent the ball on for Riccardo Saponara to smash into the back of the net.

Italy wound up winning the match 4-0. After Saponara's goal, striker Manolo Gabbiadini bagged a brace on both sides of the interval, and AS Roma man Alessandro Florenzi finished things off with the fourth in the 71st minute.