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Italy through to Euro 2020 final after beating Spain on penalties

Written by on 06/07/2021

Italy are through to the Euro 2020 final after beating Spain 4 – 2 on penalties at Wembley Stadium.

Both teams missed their first penalties in the shoot-out, with the Spaniards’ second miss from Alvaro Morata meaning Italy knew the next kick could send them through.

Jorginho confidently rolled it in, sending the Italy players and fans into ecstasy.

The semi-final was a close-run affair, with Spain dominating a bright and entertaining first half.

Federico Chiesa celebrates scoring for Italy
Image: Federico Chiesa celebrates scoring for Italy

But it was the Italians who scored first – 15 minutes into the second half.

Federico Chiesa picked up the ball just outside the area before cutting inside and firing with pinpoint accuracy into the far corner of the Spanish net.

Alvaro Morata after scoring for Spain
Image: Alvaro Morata after scoring for Spain

Twenty minutes later, Morata took a well-deserved Spanish equaliser.

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The Juventus striker ran down the middle, played a one-two with Dani Olmo, and calmly slotted home.

With a 1-1 stalemate at 90 minutes extra time beckoned, but even the additional 30 minutes could not separate the teams.

Earlier tonight, Gareth Southgate said the pressure on England to reach their first European Championship final was a big “motivator” for his team.

The Three Lions face Denmark in the second semi-final on Wednesday, with the final taking place on Sunday at Wembley.

 Sky News

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