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Italy qualifies for the final at the end of the night!

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Italy is in the final, but how hard it was! The Squadra Azzurra qualified at the end of the night for the final of the Euro, taking the upper hand over Spain on penalties (1-1 ap, 4 tab to 2). The Italians, who opened the scoring against the run of the game by Chiesa (60th), were joined on a goal from Morata (80th), which came into play a few minutes earlier. From a savior, the Spanish striker of Juventus has turned into a cursed hero, with his shot on goal missed (or rather stopped by Donnarumma), which preceded the winning goal of Jorginho. La Nazionale qualify for their first final since that lost to Roja at Euro 2012 and will face either England or Denmark. Spain, which dominated the debates, may regret its missed opportunities.

Information to remember

  • Italy qualified with difficulty by beating Spain on penalties (1-1 ap, 4 tab to 2)
  • La Roja equalized by Morata (80th) after a goal from Chiesa (60th)
  • La Nazionale will meet England or Denmark, who face off on Wednesday evening
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The final point: Italy qualifies on penalties! Donnarumma stopped Morata’s shot on goal, then Jorginho scored the winning shot. The Squadra Azzurra eliminates Spain after having suffered enormously and will therefore face England or Denmark. The outcome is cruel for La Roja, who achieved a great match.

The point in the 120th: it’s over, it’s time for penalties. Italy were denied a goal for a logical offside from Berardi. Spain lost ground in this second period of extra time. Everything will therefore be played in the penalty shootout lottery.

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The point in the 105th: still 1-1 after a clear Spanish domination. La Roja got two big chances. Surrender a direct free kick, Donnarumma pushes back and Morata touches it in stride, it misses the post (98th).

The point at the end of regulation time: Italy and Spain will play extra time. Chiesa opened the scoring against the run of the game (60th) before Morata, who came into play a few minutes before, equalized (80th). La Roja, who dominated the entire meeting, was rewarded for his efforts.

The point in the 80th: the equalizer of Morata, who had come into play a few minutes before! Juve’s center-forward made a superb one-two and landed a perfect left strike, which took Donnarumma off course. Morata, a substitute at the start of the match, responds in the best possible way and scores logically for Spain. Italy 1 – 1 Spain

The point at the 60th: the opening of the score of Chiesa, against the course of the game !!!! On an express against, Spain, who clearly dominated this second period, is trapped. On a deep pass, Laporte tackles the ball, which returns to Chiesa, eccentric to the left of the area. The Juventus winger gets on his right foot and rolls a superb strike from the right, in the small net of a helpless Unai Simon. Italy 1 – 0 Spain

The point at the 46th: it is spread between Italy and Spain.

The point at half-time: a goalless draw at the break but with a clear Spanish domination. But La Roja, lacking in efficiency in the last gesture, had only one big opportunity, on a volley from Olmo well repelled by Donnarumma (25th). Italy, deprived of the ball and which can not put the same intensity as in its previous matches, still failed to achieve the hold-up on a strike from Emerson which hit the bar just before the break (45th). Everything remains to be done between the two teams.

The point in the 30th minute: Spain clearly dominates this start of the match. La Roja confiscates the ball from Italy thanks to an impressive technical quality, especially in the midfield. The biggest opportunity is for Dani Olmo, the winger of RB Leipzig, who has taken it twice to place a volley well diverted by Donnarumma with a nice dive to his right (25th). The Italians are suffocated for the moment and can not bring out the balloons, despite two dangerous blocks that could have failed the Spanish defense.

Kick-off: let’s go between Italy and Spain!

The pre-match: the classic Italian side, Morata replacing the Spanish side. Spain striker Alvaro Morata has been placed on the substitute bench for the Euro semi-final against Italy. Morata had started all matches in the competition, scoring two goals. On the Italian side, the great absent Leonardo Spinazzola, victim of a ruptured Achilles tendon, is replaced by Chelsea side Emerson Palmieri

The essays

Italy: Donnarumma – Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini (cap.), Emerson – Barella, Jorginho, Verratti – Church, Immobile, Insigne
Coach: Roberto Mancini (ITA)

Spain: Simon – Azpilicueta, Garcia, Laporte, Alba – Koke, Busquets (cap.), Pedri – F. Torres, Oyarzabal, Olmo
Coach: Luis Enrique (ESP)

Referee: Felix Brych (GER)

The pre-match: you predict an Italian victory. The poll that we launched on Twitter is final: you predict by a very large majority (80%) a victory for Squadra Azzurra against La Roja. To see if you got it right, meet around 11pm, or later in the event of extra time and penalties.

The pre-match: 60,000 spectators allowed at Wembley. This year, the semi-finals and the final will all be played at Wembley, London. The “football temple”, its nickname, will be able to accommodate 60,000 spectators. But the British government has decided on very restrictive measures for foreign supporters, who must respect a ten-day quarantine when they arrive on British soil. There should still be many Italian fans tonight, the Italian diaspora being numerous in London.

The pre-game: a comeback since 2012. For both teams, this will be their first semi-final in an international competition since the Euro 2012 final. Italy has experienced the trauma of not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, after being eliminated in dams by Sweden. Since then, coach Roberto Mancini has had a spectacular reconstruction, with an attacking and pleasant game that has delighted football fans since the start of this Euro. Spain remained on two consecutive eliminations in the round of 16 (at Euro 2016 and then at the 2018 World Cup). Luis Enrique, the former coach of Barça, has also straightened his selection, focusing on the traditional Spanish passing game while putting more intensity. Read our article on the story of their rebirth.

The pre-match: fourth meeting in a row in the final phase. Italy-Spain is a Euro classic. On Tuesday, it will even be the fourth consecutive clash in the final phase, for two Spanish and one Italian victories. In 2008, La Roja took the lead in the quarterfinals, on goal shooting (0-0 ap, 4 tab to 2), before winning the title. She had made it two in 2012 after an incredible show of strength in the final against … Italy (4-0). Four years later, the Italians had their revenge in the round of 16 of Euro 2016 (2-0). From this match at the Stade de France, there are still a few players: Bonucci, Chiellini, Florenzi, Immobile or Insigne on the Italian side, and De Gea, Azpilicueta, Alba, Busquets, Koke, Thiago Alcantara and Morata on the Spanish side. Read our article on this rivalry.

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