Although the Italian victory series was interrupted, the team beat Spain in a penalty shootout, so they will be there in Sunday’s final of the European Football Championship.
His last fifteen matches were won by the Italian national football team before the semi-finals against the Spaniards. The final meeting of the European Championship was officially a draw, so the big series is over, but no one in the southern European country will regret it, with the team securing their place in the penalty shootout 4-2 after a regular time of 1-1. in Sunday’s finale. The Italians triumphed in a match in which they hit the goal post twice, scored a goal invalidated by an ambush, but overall the Spaniards had more possession of the ball, they created more situations, Mikel Oyarzabal could have decided to use the opportunity for the Iberians to win the match alone. “There are matches where you have to suffer for success, I don’t think we’ve gotten this far undeservedly,” UEFA’s official website quoted Roberto Mancini, the Italian national team captain, as saying. “We knew it was going to be a tough match, the Spaniards were surprised because they started without a real finishing striker. I have a fantastic team, every player wanted to win, together we achieved something quite special. We were very tired, the semi-finals and the whole tournament took a lot out of us. Our most important task is to rest ourselves until Sunday and once again everyone gets the most out of themselves. ” The all-time penalty was sold by Italian-born Brazilian-born player Jorginho. “We advanced in a tough battle against a strong opponent,” the footballer assessed. “The Spaniards made our lives harder, but we believed in victory all the way, and I think that decided. We couldn’t imagine getting any further. ” The Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was not excited in front of the penalty. “I had no reason to worry because I was sure I could help the team (the net guard sent a penalty – ed.),” He stressed. “It’s just one step away from making our big dream come true.” Spain was a very strong opponent, we owe our success to the fact that we never gave up, we survived the difficult moments of the match by helping each other. ” Luis Enrique, the Spanish federal captain, would give all players the highest rating after the meeting. “I can’t blame anyone, it provided everyone with their maximum knowledge, we played well, we did everything we could to get to the finals,” the expert said. – Everyone deserves praise, not only for their performance in the semi-finals, but for the play they showed throughout the tournament. The players accomplished everything I asked them to do, we also worked out the situations as we planned, unfortunately we were unable to take advantage of most of them. Dani Olmo performed above average. Morata had minor injuries, yet he undertook to take part in the penalty shootout. Anyone can miss him, for me he’s a real sportsman who can do anything for the team. The new season is about to begin, and the most important thing now is for everyone to relax. ” “We are sad that we have not made it any further, but we have no reason to be ashamed,” said Sergio Busquets, the Spanish team captain. – We scored a lot of goals, in most of the matches we showed why we are among the best. We have always attacked, we have fought well, the Italian national team is also very strong, such is football. ” The Italian opponent will be the winner of the England-Denmark meeting in Sunday’s final.
Fourth in the final
Italy could play in the final of the European Championship for the fourth time, more than once only Germany (6) reached the final. In comparison, long ago, in 1968, the last continental champions were the Italians. Roberto Mancini has scored twelve goals in the tournament so far, the European Championship peak in the history of Italian football. Spain has successfully won its previous five semi-finals in a major tournament, world or European championship. Álvaro Morata is the first Spanish player to score in the national team and as a football player for his club team at Wembley Stadium.
God is Italian
“God is Italian,” wrote on the cover of the Corrierre dello Sport. According to Tuttosport, eleven Italian lions fought to advance to the semifinals. “The Spaniards have shown where the Italian borders are, but Mancini’s players have crossed these,” the German television website ARD reported on the meeting. According to Spain’s El Pais, “Spain played football, Italy won, our two best players, Olmo and Morata, missed the penalties,” El Mundo believes, “Spain died nicely, the national team played honestly, openly, the Italians were more passionate, the in the end it decided ”. The Frenchman L’Equipe wrote that “Italy will always remain Italy. The Spaniards attacked, the Italians somehow made it to the penalty shootout, where luck decided, ”according to Le Parisien,“ Italians parade against Belgium, marching into a hedgehog position against the Spaniards and stabbing them with their spikes at the right moment ”. Poland’s Przeglad Sportowy wrote that “Italy did not play well, but was successful,” according to Gazeta Wyborcza, “again an overtime, again a penalty, again a football crime, only now the Spaniards were not happy in the end,” and Superexpress appeared. that “All expectations were met at the end of the semi-final, 120-minute enjoyable football battle, the penalties were decided.”
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