Euro 2021 / Semi-final. Italy at the end of the suffering to eliminate Spain


Eternal Italy in the Euro final! Folding without breaking, the “Nazionale” tamed Spain on penalties Tuesday (1-1 after, 4-2 tab) to seek the title against the winner of the other semi-final between England or Denmark, expected Wednesday by a whole people in London.

Back in the final nine years after its rout (4-0) in Kiev against … the “Roja”, the Italian selection, in reconstruction after several dark years, found the light at the end of the tunnel, in front of the incandescent stands of ‘a Wembley stadium that hopes to vibrate just as much on Wednesday night.

During this thrilling battle, Spain dominated and Alvaro Morata (80th) ended up responding to the opening scoring against the tide of Federico Chiesa (60th). But Italian realism prevailed in the penalty shoot-out with two saves by the excellent Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, before Jorginho’s decisive strike, synonymous with the final.

It is therefore the “Nazionale”, undefeated for 33 meetings, which will seek its second continental coronation after 1968, Sunday in the same Wembley stadium, with the ambition to erase its failures of 2000 and 2012. It will be against Denmark or England, host country of the last square of this Euro scattered in eleven cities in eleven countries.
With 60,000 colorful spectators in the stands, Wembley sang, Wembley vibrated … despite the health restrictions at the entrance to British territory which made it almost impossible for supporters to come from abroad to face the outbreak of the Delta variant of the Covid -19, much more contagious.
In this hot atmosphere and slightly more favorable to the Italians, Spain has long achieved what no team had achieved in this Euro: to wean Italy from the ball and force it to play on the defensive.

Italy more lucid

But without a real business center, the “Roja” failed to conclude. And on one of the best occasions of the first period, Dani Olmo saw his attempt stopped by the excellent Donnarumma (25th).
So much so that at the hour of play and against the course of the game, the Italian Federico Chiesa opened the scoring with a curled shot from the top corner (60th).

The “Roja” did not disarm: the coach Luis Enrique brought in the striker Alvaro Morata and the latter brought Spain to height with coolness (80th).

Extension, therefore, the third in three matches for Spain, the equivalent of an additional 90 minutes match compared to his opponent, perhaps more lucid in the shootout where Dani Olmo then the unfortunate Morata saw their attempt stopped.

Howling their joy, the Azzurri communed in the London night, before dedicating the qualification to their teammate Leonardo Spinazzola, seriously injured in the Achilles heel in the previous round.


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