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Jun 11, 2013

Italy snatch last-gasp draw

Italy secured top spot in Group A as Andrea Bertolacci's late equaliser secured a 1-1 draw against Norway at the European Under-21 Championship.

• Highlights: Israel 1-0 England (US only)
• Pearce blames his players

Norway resisted some heavy pressure but looked to have snatched a victory - and first place in the group - when Stefan Strandberg converted a 90th-minute penalty after having been fouled by Luca Caldirola.

However, Bertolacci headed home deep into injury time to ensure the Azzurrini claimed a deserved share of the spoils.

Meanwhile, there was further disappointment for England as they lost 1-0 to hosts Israel and ended the tournament without a single point.

England enjoyed more possession in the first half but Israel looked sharper. The hosts were also looking more inventive, epitomised in the second half by a wonderful 30-yard strike by former Manchester City trialist Nir Biton that rattled the crossbar.

The Israelis showed much more drive, determination and appetite than an insipid England side, who deservedly went behind to a Ofir Krieff goal with ten minutes remaining.

The strike proved decisive as Israel ran out victors at the Teddy Stadium, sending England home with their worst ever record at an Under-21 tournament and leaving Pearce's position looking more precarious than ever.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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