Italy qualified for the UEFA Euro 2021 final after winning 5-3 on penalties against Spain in the first semi-final at the Wembledy Arena. Spain dominated the challenge in both 90 minutes of play and overtime, however, despite a territorial and game dominance, the scoring chances were more or less the same.
Italy in difficulty but lethal on the counterattack. The goal of the Italian advantage was scored by Federico Chiesa in the second half on a counterattack initiated by the goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, passed by the feet of Marco Verratti and Ciro Immobile.
Draw Spain with Alvaro Morata, after a good combination of with Dani Olmo. After extra time, Manuel Locatelli misses on penalties for Italy, Dani Olmo and Morata miss for Spain. Jorginho scores the decisive penalty. On Sunday at Wembley, Italy will challenge the winner of the match between England and Denmark.
In the press conference, Federico Chiesa said: "I am proud to have reproduced a goal that my father often scored (former player Enrico - ed.). We knew we could not dominate but Ciro was fundamental to help us in the defensive phase when we were struggling to get out.
But we have shown that we come out with determination and half of the goal is also thanks to him."
UEFA EURO 2020: Italy beats Spain and gest the final!
Gianluigi Donnarumma said: "An indescribable emotion. I was serene because I knew I could help the team.
Now the last step is missing to make our dream come true. Spain is very strong, but this Italy has a very big heart, it doesn't give up an inch. despite suffering until the end. Great merit to the opponents, or who put us in great difficulty.
In the final England or Denmark? Now let's enjoy this evening, from tomorrow we will think about it. We know where we started from and where I started. The goalkeepers who preceded me made history in blue, I will do my best trying to beat them.
Emotions cannot be described, everything is going through my head." Federico Bernardeschi added: "I am very happy. In the semifinal against a great team it is necessarily complicated, in recent years Spain has shown everyone how strong they are.
Getting there and winning it was exceptional, we deserve it. There was only one crazy who believed in us 3 years ago and always said so, and is coach Roberto Mancini. We are a wonderful group of 26 players."