After thirty-seven consecutive unbeaten games, the domination of champion Italy at EURO 2021 managed by Roberto Mancini was defeated by Luis Enrique's Spain, the first team to qualify for the 2021 UEFA Nations League semi-finals, winning 2-1 in Milan.
Spain take the revenge of the elimination of the European and two months after that match, lost on penalties. Spain took the lead in the 17th minute with Ferran Torres, Manchester City striker, with a right footed shot from Oyarzabal's cross that Bastoni was unable to intercept.
Shortly after, the Manchester City striker's brace arrives, this time with a header, again from Oyarzabal's cross. Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci was sent off in the middle of the first half for a double yellow in just over ten minutes.
Even with one man less, Italy does not give up, Mancini makes a few changes and 7 'from the end Chiesa takes advantage of an error by the Spanish defense on a corner kick, starts on the open field, waits for Unai Simon to come out and serves Pellegrini at the right time to allow the Roma midfielder to shorten the distance.
The five minutes of added time are not enough to recover the result, Spain win 2-1 and in the Nations League final they will face one between France and Belgium.
Jurgen Klopp: "Those who don't get vaccinated are like those who drive drunk"
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said you have to get vaccinated against COVID-19 for the same reason you don't have to drive when drunk.
The Reds manager spoke about the very low numbers recorded by Premier League athletes regarding vaccines. Only seven out of 20 teams would have more than 50% of footballers vaccinated. According Guardian, Klopp said: "We at Liverpool have 99% of the vaccinated.
I didn't have to talk to my players to convince them, it was more a natural decision that came out of the group. I don't remember talking to any of mine, why not. I'm a doctor. No vax are a bit like drunk driving. We've all probably been in a situation where, after having had a couple of beers, we said to ourselves 'I could still drive' but the law doesn't allow it.
And this law is not made to protect me who would like to drive after drinking two beers, but to protect others from the fact that I am drunk and want to drive anyway. With vaccinations it is the same: the specialists have told us that it is the solution for come out of this moment and I have not vaccinated myself just to protect myself but above all others, all the people around me.
I do not understand who says that this is a limitation of personal freedom: if so, then also the rules against drunk driving are a limitation, but we accept them. What made me realize it made sense to get vaccinated? I talked about it with doctors I have known for years.
Besides, I belong to an age group for which things might not be easier, and if I didn't, I would be at risk."