Italy-Spain, the Azzurri in the final after the penalties
We are in the final. Italy, after a very difficult match, beat Spain on penalties in the semifinal of Euro 2020 and won the final of the European Championships at Wembley, scheduled for Sunday 11 July. Spain showed great quality, while the Azzurri have suffered several times. But in the end the blues come out of the spot, after 1-1 at the end of extra time.
The match report
A first time of suffering for the Azzurri who find the best opportunity only close to the 45th, when Emerson (deployed in place of the injured Spinazzola) splinters the crossbar after a good combination with Insigne. In general, the Iberians are preferred, for occasions, quality of maneuver and defensive attention. Also worth noting in the first fraction was a nice save by Donnarumma in the 25th on Dani Olmo, after Oyarzabal’s rebounded cross. Italy had become dangerous a few minutes earlier with Immobile and Barella unable to find the right passage while the Spanish door was temporarily unguarded. It suffers.
In the second half Spain still got off to a good start, and after five minutes it was Di Lorenzo who saved the blue goal ahead of Ferran Torres. Shortly after the Iberians close to the advantage with Sergi Busquets who sends her not very high over the crossbar. The turning point comes at game time with an extraordinary goal by Chiesa that capitalizes on a deadly restart of Mancini’s boys. Laporte closes well on Immobile but the ball reaches Chiesa, who returns to the right and puts it on the far post. 1-0 Italy. Five minutes later the Spaniards pardon us with Oyarzabal missing a comfortable header.
The game changes again at the 80th, when Morata finds the draw: triangulation between the Juventus player and Dani Olmo, Morata enters the area and puts Donnarumma left. All to be redone. In the final Mancini brings in Locatelli and Belotti, but the 90 minutes are not enough to decree the first finalist of these European Championships: we go to extra time. Total suffering for the Azzurri who are much more tired. Morata collects the best opportunities, our defense somehow puts a piece of it. Even extra time is not enough, we remain at 1-1. Penalties decide this semi-final.
It starts badly from the spot: Locatelli saved, Dani Olmo high. But in the end Morata makes a mistake and Jorginho sends us to the final. Sunday at Wembley we will play the European Championship against the winner of England-Denmark. Let’s go get the cup.
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