Italy defeated Spain 4-2 (1-1) on penalties and reached the final of the European Football Championship. It was a tight and exciting semifinal in the well-filled Wembley Stadium.
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The Squadra Azzurra have the better end for themselves in the semifinals against Spain on penalties and are in a European Championship final for the fourth time.
For the Squadra Azzurra, Federico Chiesa scored in the 60th minute. Alvaro Morata (80th) equalized in front of almost 58,000 spectators at London’s Wembley Stadium. Then it went into overtime, which remained goalless. The first semifinal of the European Football Championship was made on penalties, which the Italians won 4-2.
Italian fans in the stadium.
Despite Corona: Almost 58,000 spectators at Wembley
Italy hit the bar – Donnarumma parried
The Spaniards had more of the game in the first half and could get stuck in the opposing half again and again. Luis Enrique’s team only rarely managed to get good chances. One of them was Dani Olmo, who failed to goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma (25th).
On the other side, the Italians lurked on the counterattack and had the most significant chance of scoring in the first half with the last action before the break: Emerson hammered the ball from a tight angle and close range on the crossbar (45th).
Two hits, extra time, penalty shoot-out
More and more, the game developed into a fighting game with many passionate duels, which gave referee Felix Brych much work. Spain was the slightly more superior team in the second section as well. However, again they could not use their possibilities. Italy took the lead after a counterattack and Chiesa’s goal. Subsequently, Morata, in particular, caused a goal risk; the striker finally scored the deserved equalizer.
Spain stayed on the trigger extra time and came up with some changes. Italy tried to counter, but Domenico Berardi’s goal (110th) was rightly not recognized because of offside.
Felix Brych in action.
Highlight semifinals: Referee Felix Brych on his fifth appearance at this European Championship
Donnarumma and Jorginho make the decision
In the end, participation in the final turned into a penalty lottery: Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon held the first penalty from Manuel Locatelli, Dani Olmo then shot over the goal, then 1-0 Andrea Belotti, 1: 1 Gerard Moreno, 2-1 Leonardo Bonucci 2: 2 Thiago, 3: 2 Federico Bernardeschi; Morata fails to Italy goalkeeper Donnarumma, Jorginho finally scores to 4-2.
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