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WATCH: Saul Ñiguez Scores Hat-Trick vs Italy, Including Absolute Worldie Against Donnarumma

WATCH: Saul Ñiguez Scores Hat-Trick vs Italy, Including Absolute Worldie Against Donnarumma

To put Spain's under 21 squad into perspective, Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez has the same number of full caps as Jake Livermore (3). That's the difference between Spain and England's midfield strength.

On the subject of Niguez, the 22-year-old has managed to score in each of his last five games for the Spain under-21 side and his hat-trick against Italy in the semi-final tonight has cemented his reputation as one of the best young talents in world football.

With Niguez, Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos in their side, I'm actually quite thankful that England were knocked out in a penalty shoot-out against Germany tonight.

Just look at this wonderful strike for Niguez, who has without doubt secured the Man of the Match award against the unlucky Italians:

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Manchester United goalkeeper and Spain number one David de Gea even tweeted his delight at Saul's magnificent effort.

"Mamma Mia" indeed:


England on the other hand blew their chance of a European Championship final after losing to Germany in the Stadion Miejski Tychach stadium.

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In a brilliant tie between two heavyweights of the competition, Germany deservedly took the lead after a goal from RB Leipzig striker Davie Selkie in the 34th minute.

Selkie powered a header past Everton's Jordan Pickford, but Boothroyd's side soon equalised seven minutes later.

Leicester City winger Demarai Gray capitalised on a Germany mistake and volleyed home at the back post to make it 1-1.

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Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham then gave England the lead just five minutes into the second half.

Watford midfielder Will Hughes, who produced a fine performance throughout, dribbled past three Germany defenders to set up the 19-year-old.

Germany then responded after taking a foot hold of the game. Just seven minutes after coming on, Felix Platte arrived at the near post to head Arnold's corner beyond England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

It was a deserved equaliser from the Schalke 04 forward.

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The match then went to penalties where Germany managed to secure a pass to the final.

Who will win between Germany and Spain?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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