Italy sealed place in Euro 2020 following win against Spain

Italy continued their unbeaten run and defeated Spain 4-2 on penalties after their Euro 2020 semi-final ended 1-1 after extra time, with Jorginho converting the decisive kick to take the Azzurri through to the final of the tournament. Roberto Mancini’s side took the lead on the hour through a sensational curler from Federico Chiesa. They will now face the winner of the 2nd semi-final between England and Denmark.

During the first half, Italy and Spain were even at 0-0 at halftime with both teams failing to create clear-cut chances. Federico Chiesa, who cut in from the left and curled in a superb finish, opened the scoring before Spain levelled 10 minutes from time when Morata opened up the Italian defence and hit home in the 80th minute to take his team into extra time for the third successive game.

Gerard Moreno and Thiago Alcântara scored for Spain, while Jorginho scored the decisive penalty after Donnarumma saved a shot from Alvaro Morata. Jorginho avenged Italy’s shootout defeat to Spain in the Euro 2008 quarter-finals and their resounding defeat in the Euro 2012 final. Italy’s substitutes and coaching staff poured on to the pitch to celebrate in front of their supporters.

For 88 years, Spain didn’t beat Italy in a competitive match until this day. “They only wanted to get to penalties in extra time but we could have played for half an hour more. We can be happy and proud with what we’ve seen. We kept trying to play our way,” Spain coach Luis Enrique said. “Everyone can feel proud of this team, we have many young players who have done things you couldn’t imagine at their age and we were a team from start to finish.”

“Spain were great, they have star players but we fought until the end and we did it,” said Italy’s Chiesa. “When (Manuel) Locatelli missed the first penalty, everyone was calm saying we can do it and at the end our group helped us in the moment.” Italy have now reached their 10th major tournament final, progressing to the final of the European Championship for the fourth time. 

Mancini’s side are looking to win the European Championship for the first time since 1968 and secure their first major trophy since winning the 2006 World Cup. 

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