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Italy Beat Spain to reach final in Euro 2020

Italy reached the finals of Euro 2020 after beating Spain on penalties of 4-2 after a 1-1 draw in the tournament semi-finals at Wembley on July 6. Jorginho rolled the decisive kick past the keeper Unai Simon of Spain. The decisive kick took the Italian national football team to the finals of the Euro 2020, and this team has been on the outstanding side. Although, the Italian team was not at the top in the match with Spain until the Juventus Forward Federico Chiesa gave Italy the lead it needed in the fabulous match watched by the 58,000 people crowd.

Alvaro Morata was dropped from the starting line-up but came off the bench in order to equalize with only 10 minutes left of the normal time. No score in the extra time caused extra penalties on Spain. Earlier, Spain had won over Switzerland in the quarter-finals, and it has also beaten Italy on penalties during Euro 2008. However, this time, there were misses from Dani Olmo, and after the miss from Alvaro Morata had failed, Spain took advantage when Locatelli failed the first kick in the shootout.

The twin missed of Spain bailed out Locatelli, whose strike was saved by Simon with the shootout’s first kick. The substitutes of Italy and the coaching staff celebrated at the end in front of their supporters.

Italy to play with either Denmark or England

Italy will play the finals with either Denmark or England in the finals on July 11 at Wembley. Italy was thrashed by Spain with 4-0 in Euro 2012 and is looking to win the finals of the tournament since 1968. Roberto Mancini’s Italian team took the lead on the hour as Federico Chiesa completed a sweeping counter-attack. Morata leveled the match for Spain with 10 minutes left by slotting into the bottom corner and bursting forward while exchanging with Olmo.

Spain was looking more likely to be the winner in the remaining minutes as well as in the extra time. However, it could not manage well the second shootout victory after defeating Switzerland in the quarter-finals. Italy clearly avenged the shootout defeat it had during the Euro 2008 match.

The capacity of Wembley was expanded up to 60,000. Even though coronavirus restrictions prevented the football fans from traveling abroad, the expatriate communities of the two countries generated a scorching atmosphere. This increased the sense of the vibe of international football.

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