Italy 2-0 Spain, UEFA Euro 2016: As it happened

Italy 2-0 Spain, UEFA Euro 2016: As it happened

Defending champions Spain crashed out of Euro 2016 after a timid display against Italy saw them lose 2-0.

Euro 2016: Spain lost 0-2 to Italy in last 16. (Source: Reuters)

Defending champions Spain were knocked off from Euro 2016 after a solid display by Italy to down La Roja 2-0 at Stade de France. Goals by Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pelle gave Italy the win. Azzurri next face Germany in the quarterfinals.

Spain vs Italy

FULL TIME: Italy beat defending champions Spain 2-0 with goals from Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pelle. Face Germany in the quarterfinals.

94′ Silva is booked.

91′ GOAL!! Pelle volleys home! And it is 2-0 to Italy! Darmian takes a shot and De Gea saves, it falls to Pelle who thunders it in!

89′ SAVE! Pique gets an outstretched leg to a dropping ball in the box but Buffon saves it. Not Italy’s day, is it? Possibly the best chance Spain have had this game.


89′ Thiago Motta and Busquets booked. Motta for a foul and Busquets for complaining.

87′ Some frustrated Spain fans in the crowd. You’d expect so after La Roja have been lackluster in the game.

85′ Five minutes left for defending champions Spain to get something or they’re heading out.

84′ FINAL ITALY CHANGE: Florenzi goes off and on comes Darmian

82′ CHANGE FOR ITALY: Eder goes off for Insigne

76′ CLOSE! Iniesta takes it first time on a volley at the edge of the box and Buffon punches it away. Not easy to beat the Italian legend with that.

75′ And a highly animated Antonio Conte just kicks the ball away in frustrations. Gets a stern talking to from the referee. Good thing there was no booking for time wasting!

74′ OFFSIDE! Vazquez makes the run beyond Chiellini but he’s marginally offside. Buffon is not pleased with the lax work though.

70′ CHANGE FOR SPAIN: Morata off, Lucas Vazquez on. An attacking change for Spain sees one Real Madrid striker going off for another. Although you would expect Vazquez to make some threatening runs on the right – if employed in the same manner as he plays for the club.

70′ Aduriz misses the target for Spain. The Athletic Bilbao striker has a shot from outside the box and it curls wide.

68′ And 22 years later…

65′ A great disguised pass comes to Eder in front of goal but he cannot get a shot away and Spain survive again.

61′ Morata whips in a cross from the left and it is comfortable save for Buffon. Just a reminder that Buffon is yet to be beaten this Euros (Sirigu had conceded for Italy against Ireland)

55′ SAVED!! Eder is through on card and he takes a shot but De Gea with a fantastic save to deny the second. That was almost curtains for La Roja but for De Gea.

54′ Pelle is booked for a stray hand catching a Spanish player. A few seconds later, he concedes another foul. Leniant refereeing.

CHANGE FOR ITALY: De Rossi goes off, Thiago Motta on

49′ CHANCE! Morata heads in from close range but his header is straight at Buffon. A bit more punch into that and Italy might have been in serious trouble.

46′ Second half underway

CHANGE: Aritz Aduriz (in) – Nolito (out) (Spain).

HALF TIME: Italy lead Spain 1-0 at the break after a Giorgio Chiellini goal.

45′ SAVE!! Beautiful cut in from the left by Giaccherini and it is tipped over the crossbar by De Gea. That was a lovely strike and an even better save.

40′ Nolito booked for Spain.

33′ GOAL!! Chiellini scores!! Eder takes the free kick which is saved by De Gea and it parries to Chiellini who knees it in ahead of the Spanish defence could get to it.

32′ FOUL! Ramos brings down Pelle from behind at the edge of the box. This is seriously dangerous position.

29′ PHEW! A cross by De Sciglio in the centre of the Spain box and Ramos miscues it over. That may have been an embarrassing own goal right there. Luckily for the defender, it goes over for a corner.

28′ SHOT! Nolito delivers the corner for Spain and it is headed out. Comes to Iniesta and the midfielder hits it straight at Buffon.

25′ Spain’s forays into the Italian box haven’t been fruitful thus far

24′ De Sciglio (Italy) is shown a yellow card. A foul on Juanfran draws the booking for the Italian players.

22′ Nolito delivers the corner for Spain and the ball goes over everyone. But Ramos appeals for a tug back and a subsequent penalty. The referee, though, is not interested.

19′ A good move develops for Spain on the left with some quick and intricate passing. Eventually Fabregas’ shot from the edge of the box has been blocked.

18′ De Gea has been involved rather too much too soon.

16′ Italy have started the better of the two sides. They’re making the most of the wet conditions with long balls and slick passing. Spain yet to make any real foray into the Azzurri third. But early days!

14′ Celebrity Spain fan Manolo el del Bombo is in attendance for first time at the Euros. He’s sitting alongside Fernando Llorente and expectedly loud with his drums.

12′ Rohit Sharma is rooting for Spain

11′ Pirlo is watching!

8′ SAVED! Pelle heads in from a free kick and De Gea is on hand to get down low and deny him. Florenzi with the free kick into the area and Pelle climbs highest over the defenders and he heads it low at the far post. De Gea, who has come under criticism this Euros, gets low to deny him.

6′ Eder is sandwiched in the middle by two Spanish defenders. No way through after a nice move.

5′ We’re running a poll on Twitter and we’re asking you to predict who would win tonight. Majority going with Spain at the moment

2′ It is raining at Stade de France which means there’d be plenty of zip in the passing but also brace for lots of slips and slides.

1′ And Italy get us underway. They’re in white and red, Italy in blue. La Roja attacking from right to left and Italy from left to right.

# Kick off fast approaching. What are your predictions?

# It is all but a numbers game. At times.

# Shuttler Parupalli Kashyap is set!


Italy XI: Buffon, De Sciglio, Chiellini, Florenzi, Pelle, Barzagli, De Rossi, Eder, Parolo, Bonucci, Giaccherini

Spain XI: De Gea, Pique, Busquets, Iniesta, Morata, Fabregas, Ramos, Juanfran, Jordi Alba, Silva, Nolito


Morata could be key for Spain against Italy

Alvaro Morata finished the group stage as one of the tournament’s leading scorers with three goals. (Source: AP)

Better than anyone, Alvaro Morata knows what Spain will be up against Italy on Monday.

Del Bosque expects the ‘real Italy’ to turn up

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Italy came into this year’s Euros with few tipping them for success. (Source: Reuters)

Spain boss Vicente del Bosque is not expecting a repeat of their crushing 4-0 victory over Italy in the final four years ago when the two sides meet in the last 16 of Euro 2016 on Monday.