Azuri Corps, caught by young Spain, stopped at 37 undefeated match A

Italian striker Federico Chiesa collapses on the ground after losing to Spain in the UEFA Nations League semi-final match at the Stadio San Siro in Milan, Italy, on the 7th. Milan = EPA

In the late 2000s, Spain showed the world’s best performance with its unique ‘tiki-taka’ as a weapon. From 2007 to 2009, they continued their undefeated streak in 35 matches, and even tied the record with 35 matches, the most consecutive unbeaten record in a match made by Brazil in the 1990s.

However, this record in Spain was broken a month ago. Italy, which has been undefeated in Match A since 2018, has increased the undefeated record to 36 matches. On top of that, they beat Lithuania the next day, adding another record to 37 games.

For Spain, where the memories of the era of the ‘invincible fleet’ are still vivid, the pride of Italy’s undefeated streak was hurt. In the end, it directly put the brakes on the record breaking of local rivals. Spain beat Italy 2-1 in the UEFA Nations League semi-finals on the 7th at the Stadio San Siro in Milan, Italy.

The two countries faced each other in the quarterfinals of the European Championships 2020 (Euro 2020) in July of this year, with Italy winning on penalties. Italy eventually climbed up to the final winner of Euro 2020. After Spain’s painful defeat, Spain raised Ferran Torres (21, Manchester City) to the center of attack, and selected young resources such as Gabby (17, FC Barcelona) and Brian Hill (20, Tottenham), transforming into a young team. was promoted

Torres, who was selected as the team’s new ace, led the victory. In the 17th minute of the first half, Mikel Oyarzabal (24, Real Sociedad) made his first goal by rushing into the penalty area with a cross from the left flank.

Italy, who conceded the opening goal at the home ground, tried to turn the tide, but the game did not go as smoothly as they wanted. After missing a few opportunities, he even faced the worst. In the 42nd minute of the first half, captain Leonardo Bonucci (34, Juventus) was sent off due to accumulated warnings. Eventually, Torres scored an extra goal in extra time in the first half. This time, Oyarzabal crossed from the left and Torres finished with a header.

In Italy, where 10 people fought, Lorenzo Pellegrini (25, AS Roma) made up for a goal taking advantage of Spain’s pass mistake in the 38th minute of the second half, but it was not enough to turn the game around. In this way, the 37-month undefeated streak since September 2018 ended.

In particular, the loss at home was a bigger shock to Italy. The Italian national team’s defeat at home is the first in 22 years since the 2-3 defeat to Denmark in September 1999. They also conceded two goals at home to Spain for the first time since the 2-2 draw in November 1998.

On the other hand, Spain succeeded in insulting Italy just three months after losing the Euro 2020 semi-final, allowing it to accelerate the generational change.

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