Italy reached the final after beating Spain 4-2 in a penalty shootout.
Italy defeated Spain 4-2 on penalties in the semi-finals of Euro 2020 to enter the final. The winner of the second semi-final between England and Denmark will now face them.
- Italy advanced to the final with a 4–2 win on penalties.
- Both Italy and Spain scored after extra time.
- Italy will face the winner of the second semi-final between England and Denmark.
The decision is in, and Italy has qualified for the Euro 2020 final after defeating Spain 4-2 in a penalty shootout to earn a spot in the final at Wembley Stadium in London. After Gianluigi Donnarumma stopped a strike from Alvaro Morata, Jorginho converted the game-winning penalty. The game had ended in a 1-1 tie after extra time. Before Andrea Belotti handed Italy the lead in the shoot-out, Manuel Locatelli and Dani Olmo both missed their first shots for Italy and Spain, respectively. Spain’s goals came from Gerard Moreno and Thiago Alcântara, but Donnarumma ruined their attempt by denying Alvaro Morata.
The result of the match could not be determined in the first 90 minutes, with no club losing in the last 25 days. Italy and Spain were tied 1–1 in the semi-finals of the European Championship and went into extra time.
Clash of Titans
For the fourth consecutive European Championship, Italy and Spain faced off in the elimination stage, this time making it to the final. The soccer superpowers, who have won four European titles and five World Cups between them, lit up London’s Wembley Stadium on Tuesday for the Euro 2020 tournament.
Nicole Barella had a chance to put Italy ahead in the fourth minute but hit the post after receiving a beautiful through-ball from Marco Verratti on the left wing. The lineman’s flag for the off side was soon raised, but the referee opted to continue playing.
Italy vs Spain Highlights
Spain’s Mikel Oyarzabal missed a huge opportunity to advance Spain when he beat the goalkeeper and found himself alone in the center of the Italian box. He got a brilliant pass from Pedri, but he could not control the ball and lost his possession.
A goalless first half was followed by two goals in the next 35 minutes, providing the perfect calm before the storm.
Federico Chiesa breaking the deadlock
Italy’s Aymeric Laporte made one of the best covering challenges of the tournament in the 60th minute, cutting off Ciro Immobil to take the ball away from him, but the ball was dropped to assistant Federico Chiesa. The striker went through two defenders on the left edge of the box and fired a beautiful finish just ahead of a motionless Unai Simon at the far post, before turning into a proud celebration. Federico Chiesa, who played for Juventus in the Italian Serie A, had scored only once for the national team before this competition, but did so again in the Round of 16 against Austria.
Alvaro Morata with the equaliser
Lavaro Morata became Spain’s leading scorer at the European Championship 20 minutes later, surpassing five goals from Fernando Torres. After exchanging passes with striker Dani Olmo and rolling the ball inside boldly, he made his presence felt at a crucial time. Italy will face the winner of the second semi-final between England and Denmark on Sunday night at the same venue’s Summit Showdown.