Euro 2020: Italy vs Spain semi-final Tue, 06 Jul 2021 09:00:00 +0100-Italy became the first side to book their spot in the final of Euro 2020 as they beat Spain in a penalty shootout at Wembley on Tuesday night. Jorginho slotted home …
I can only think Simon has never seen Jorginho take a penalty before!
The Chelsea man did his usual delay and skip but the ‘keeper went down so early and he just had to stroke into the corner.
Jorginho, so good from the spot… AND HE’S DONE IT!
Italy are coming back to Wembley! They’re into the Euro 2020 final!
Oh, you just knew it! Morata is denied and Italy have match-point!
Penalty, that. Bernadeschi, the last man brought on for Italy, whips into the top corner.
Thiago up next and that’s the pick of the bunch, a little skip, sends Donarrumma the wrong way, and then steers it right into the corner for good measure.
Cool from the wise old head. Bonucci sends Simon the wrong way.
Just. Moreno waits and doesn’t fool Donarrumma but he lifts it over the ‘keeper’s outstretched arm.
Bosh. Belotti shows them how it’s done, thumped low and hard into the sidenetting.
Shocker. Absolute shocker. Dani Olmo dawdles up and lashes over the bar.
Italy 1-1 Spain LIVE! Jorginho seals penalty shootout win – Euros … Tue, 06 Jul 2021 09:00:00 +0100-Italy unbeaten in their last 32 games · Spain aiming for a record fourth continental crown · Up to 60,000 fans expected at Wembley Stadium · Winner to face England …
- Italy unbeaten in their last 32 games
- Spain aiming for a record fourth continental crown
- Up to 60,000 fans expected at Wembley Stadium
- Winner to face England or Denmark in the final on Sunday
6 hours ago (22:13 GMT)
That is it. It’s time to wrap up the blog and head home.
Thank you for joining us on this great journey.. it really was an epic game of football.
Do give our match bulletin a read.. we have lots of stats thrown in for easy late-night reading.
See you tomorrow for the other semi-final.
Stay safe. ⚽
(Not sure the Italian fans are heading home anytime soon 👇)
6 hours ago (21:52 GMT)
Failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Will now be playing in the final of the Euro 2020.
What a turnaround.
6 hours ago (21:47 GMT)
Next stop: Sunday
Italy beat Spain 4-2 on penalties.
That’s six wins out of six in the tournament. They remain unbeaten for a 33rd game. What a run that is!
They will extend their London hotel bookings.. ready for England or Denmark for the final on Sunday.
Unfortunate end for Spain. They had 65 percent possession but that did not count for much in the end.
6 hours ago (21:39 GMT)
Italy: ❌ ⚽ ⚽ ⚽ ⚽
Spain: ❌ ⚽ ⚽ ❌
6 hours ago (21:29 GMT)
The first finalist of the Euro 2020 will be decided from the penalty spot.
A goal each for Italy and Spain in the 120 minutes. No more.
7 hours ago (21:24 GMT)
Italy, Spain, someone give us a goal.
Penalties beckon. I’m already practicing pasting goals and misses emojis on this blog…
7 hours ago (21:20 GMT)
GOAL! Hold on…
It’s in the back of the net… but Berardi ruled offside.
Spain survive. Italy enjoying a good spell.
7 hours ago (21:14 GMT)
Captain Busquets off, Thiago on. Extra-time second-half underway.
Bad news for Italy. Their goal-scorer Chiesa forced off. Bernardeschi replaces him.
Italy 1-1 Spain
7 hours ago (21:10 GMT)
15 done, 15 to go
First-half of extra-time gone, scores remain level.
Into the final 15 minutes of open play to find a goal.
7 hours ago (21:03 GMT)
Spain break on the left.. Toloi breaks that down with his right hand and gets a yellow for his efforts.
Bit of a start-stop game now. Can see smoke coming out of the referee’s whistle with all those fouls.
Italy 1-1 Spain
7 hours ago (20:57 GMT)
That 80th-minute equaliser has taken Morata to the top of a list.
He’s now the highest goal-scorer for Spain at European Championships.
7 hours ago (20:56 GMT)
Here we go… again
Another 30 minutes to find a winner… otherwise it will be penalties.
Kick-off in extra-time.
Italy 1-1 Spain
7 hours ago (20:50 GMT)
End of normal time
That’s it, the 90 minutes (and some) done and dusted.
Spain ahead on possession, total shots and passes.
But Italy equal on goals scored. Onto 30 minutes of extra-time shortly…
Italy 1-1 Spain
7 hours ago (20:44 GMT)
Last five minutes
Change of personnel, change of tactics… change of scoreline too?
Five minutes of normal time to go. Not ruling out a result in normal time the way this is going.
Italy 1-1 Spain
7 hours ago (20:38 GMT)
Morata, the super sub! Scores the equaliser in the 80th minute.
Italy 1-1 Spain
7 hours ago (20:37 GMT)
Heading into the last 10
Spain need a goal. Simple.
7 hours ago (20:30 GMT)
Pessina on for Verratti
Toloi on for Emerson
7 hours ago (20:27 GMT)
Moreno on for Oyarzabal
Rodri on for Koke
Twenty minutes left.
Italy 1-0 Spain
8 hours ago (20:24 GMT)
A 33rd for Italy?
As things stand, Italy are on course for a 33rd match unbeaten.
They last lost in 2018… that was a long time ago.
And a reminder that Italy have conceded just two goals in this tournament so far. Spain would need to double that tally at least to stand a chance.
8 hours ago (20:20 GMT)
Spain: Morata on for Torres
Italy: Berardi on for Immobile
8 hours ago (20:16 GMT)
Chiesa curls in the opener for Italy in the 60th minute from a counter-attack.
Spain’s goal-keeper Simon did not even try to stop that… he couldn’t. It was a fabulous goal from a fabulous move.
Italy 1-0 Spain
8 hours ago (20:09 GMT)
Busquets in the book
Seemed untidy but not THAT untidy. Spanish captain gets the first yellow card of the semi-final.
And he NEARLY scores a minute later! Curls it just wide of the post..
8 hours ago (20:03 GMT)
Back to work
We’re back underway… 45 minutes of normal time remain for both sides to find a goal (or five).
Let’s see who gets there first.
And we’re also the closest we’ve ever been in the match to penalty kicks… ⚽⚽⚽
8 hours ago (19:47 GMT)
Stalemate at half-time
With half the match (normal time) gone, Spain have enjoyed greater possession (65 percent) and have looked the more dangerous side but Italy have not sat back.
Unfortunately for both sides, it’s goalless.
8 hours ago (19:40 GMT)
Five minutes until half-time
On the touchline, who would you say be the happier of the two? And with the voice intact?
8 hours ago (19:38 GMT)
Spain’s got fans
Or is that sarcasm?
8 hours ago (19:30 GMT)
30 minutes gone
Half an hour gone and Spain the only side to have a shot on target – add 253 passes and 69 percent possession to that.
Spain’s coach Enrique did say yesterday “we are leaders in ball possession [in the tournament]”.
8 hours ago (19:27 GMT)
First shot on target and Dani Olmo almost scores for Spain. Good block by Donnarumma after he gave the ball away from the goal-kick.
26 minutes gone, it’s 0-0.
9 hours ago (19:22 GMT)
Massive chance for Italy
Italy attack from the left, Spain’s goal-keeper Simon left stranded on the edge of the box but Italy miss the chance to go one-up.
Back on the seats, everyone.
9 hours ago (19:15 GMT)
One-sixth of the semi-final gone
With 15 minutes being played, Spain, as they’ve done throughout the tournament, enjoying greater possession – 76 percent of it and 159 passes already.
No goals yet to show from the efforts though.
9 hours ago (19:08 GMT)
Even so far
Five minutes into the semi-final, no shots on target but both teams have enjoyed equal time on the ball.
Spain did have a couple of scares but the offside flag – twice – helped them stay even.
9 hours ago (19:00 GMT)
We’re underway. It’s Italy vs Spain for a space in the final of the 2020 European Championship.
Spain get us started from left to right.
One team is playing its last match at Euro 2020…
9 hours ago (18:56 GMT)
Italy to win…
That’s what our Twitter followers have predicted in the poll. Four minutes until kick-off
10 hours ago (18:24 GMT)
Rain or shine?
A bit of rain around in London. Could it influence play? Maybe, maybe not.
Where I’m sitting, it’s dry and it’s 33C (91.4F) with 78 percent humidity… that makes the real-feel 46C (14.8F).
And it’s past 9pm…. 🌙 Take your pick.
10 hours ago (18:20 GMT)
Mancini calls it 50-50
And here is what Italy’s coach Roberto Mancini said:
“If Italy and Spain have made it thus far, it means that we’ve done very well. If we’re into the semi-final, it means that we deserve to be at this stage of the competition.
“So I think it’s 50-50 with regards to who has the tag of favourites.”
10 hours ago (18:12 GMT)
‘Leaders in ball possession’
Here’s what Luis Enrique, Spain’s coach, said about his side on the eve of the semi-final:
“We are leaders in ball possession [in the tournament] but they can also make use of it and enjoy the ball, that’ll be the first battle we need to conquer.
“They can adapt to not having the ball, they’ve done that in the tournament in certain stages but they’re more comfortable with the ball and stronger with it.
10 hours ago (18:04 GMT)
Under an hour to go…
The crowd is rolling in and both teams have (finally) arrived at Wembley.
Kick-off is just 55 minutes away.
What must be going through Morata’s mind. What is going through your mind?
Tell us. Vote:
10 hours ago (17:55 GMT)
Here are the starting-XIs
Gianluigi Donnarumma; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini (c), Emerson Palmieri; Nicolo Barella, Jorginho, Marco Verratti; Federico Chiesa, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne.
Unai Simon; Cesar Azpilicueta, Eric Garcia, Aymeric Laporte, Jordi Alba; Pedri, Sergio Busquets (c), Koke; Mikel Oyarzabal, Ferran Torres, Dani Olmo.
Incase you missed it: Morata drops to the bench for Spain 😲
Morata started every game at Euro 2020 despite criticism for his struggles in front of goal.
10 hours ago (17:51 GMT)
It’s coming Rome…
10 hours ago (17:42 GMT)
Here’s a look at how both teams have performed at this year’s tournament.
Italy haven’t dropped any points. Spain just don’t like giving the ball away…. but have won just ONE game in normal time at Euro 2020.
Neither side has seen red… And a semi-final isn’t the best place to get your first.
11 hours ago (17:13 GMT)
Both sides will create a record at kick-off.
In just under two hours, Italy vs Spain will become the most-played fixture at the European Championships.
11 hours ago (17:07 GMT)
Predict the winner
You don’t need to be the late Paul the Octopus, that smart elephant or a super-computer to make the predictions.
It’s easy. Just head over to our Twitter page and take part in our first semi-final poll.
11 hours ago (17:01 GMT)
When is kick-off?
In two hours – 19:00 GMT
11 hours ago (16:30 GMT)
Road to the semis
Italy Beat Turkey 3-0 Beat Switzerland 3-0 Beat Wales 1-0 Beat Austria 2-1 (after ET)
Beat Belgium 2-1
Spain Drew 0-0 with Sweden Drew 1-1 with Poland Beat Slovakia 5-0 Beat Croatia 5-3 (after ET)
Beat Switzerland 3-1 (penalties)
12 hours ago (16:25 GMT) 12 hours ago (16:20 GMT)
Spain’s coach Luis Enrique has coped with personal tragedy and the effect of negative public opinion to rally his young squad and lead them to the semi-finals.
He incurred the wrath of many fans and large sections of the Spanish media for leaving Sergio Ramos out of his squad and picking no players from Real Madrid.
The coach turned more heads by only picking a 24-man squad instead of 26 and for encouraging French-born defender Aymeric Laporte to switch nationalities and lead the team’s defence instead of Ramos.
He then kept Sergio Busquets in the squad after the midfielder tested positive for COVID-19, showing a sense of patience he did not afford Ramos, who had missed much of the last season through injury.
Radio Marca described Luis Enrique as “pigheaded”, adding Spain were “not cut out to win this Euros and we all know it”.
12 hours ago (16:05 GMT)
Unbeaten Italy vs possession kings Spain
Italy vs Spain marks a blockbuster first semi-final at Euro 2020 with Tuesday’s game the latest episode in a burgeoning rivalry between the nations meeting in a fourth consecutive European Championship.
Italy have won all five matches at this year’s tournament. Spain boast an average possession of 67 percent.
Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies
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– July 6, 2021
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