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Italy is the first finalist of Euro 2020

14:05, 07 July 2021
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Roberto Mancini's team beat Spain on penalties at Wembley last night.


As the full time ended in 1-1 (Chiesa scored for Italy [60’], Morata equalized [80’]) and both half times were goalless, the teams had to decide the winner in the penalty shoot-out.

Both teams did not score their first shots (Spanish goalkeeper Simon blocked Locatelli’s strike, Olmo shot above the crossbar). After it each Italian player has scored (Belotti, Bonucci, Bernardeschi, Jorginho), as for Spain, the shots of Moreno and Thiago were a success, but striker Alvaro Morata couldn’t outplay Italian goalkeeper Donnarumma. 

The end of the match was quite dramatic: Italy scored on 111’, but the referees disallowed the goal for offside; also Morata, widely criticized by Spanish fans for his poor conversion rate (his family members even received threats during the tournament), has given hope to the country scoring at the end of the match but was the one to fail the decisive penalty.

Italian coach Roberto Mancini in the post-match interview called the Spanish team one of the best in the world and added that the game was difficult, so his team is very happy to make it to the finals.

Italy is staying undefeated in 33 games in a row. Now they are waiting for the name of their opponent which will be decided tonight: England faces Denmark at the Wembley Stadium.

Squadra Azzurra (Blue Team - the Italian national team’s nickname) is going to play in the 4th European Championship final and in its 10th major tournament final overall.