Borini Unused as Italy Cruise Past Israel

Alex Grimm

Fabio Borini failed to make it off the bench in Italy's 4-0 victory over the hosts, which secured qualification to the semifinals and left Israel in need of a win against England to have hopes of advancing.

Italy 4: Sapponara 18', Gabbiadini 42' 53', Florenzi 71'
Israel 0

After starting up front with Lorenzo Insigne in the 1-0 win over England on Thursday, Fabio Borini was dropped to the bench against Israel, ultimately failing to make an appearance in a match won comfortably by the Italians. The tournament hosts couldn't make up any ground after the well-worked opener finished off by Riccardo Sapponara, and were forced to play a man down for the Eyal Golsa was sent off in the 37th minute for a reckless challenge.

Italy can cruise in their final group match against Norway having already secured a place in the semifinals, but Israel will have to hope for a victory over England and a Norwegian loss in order to make it through. With the fitness of Insigne unknown--the forward was taken off on 40 minutes--it's likely that Borini will have a more significant part to play over the next few days, possibly starting against Norway in the final round of group play.

Here's Italy's opener to tide you over until the hotly anticipated friendly between Spain and Haiti that you probably won't be paying any attention to anyway because why would you:

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