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EURO 2020 Semi-Finals Highlights: Italy beat Spain 4-2 on penalties, book final spot

UEFA EURO 2020 Semi-Finals, Italy vs Spain Highlights: Italy beat Spain on penalties at Wembley Stadium in London

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: July 7, 2021 7:36:07 am
Italy players celebrate after winning the Euro 2020 soccer championship semifinal match against Spain at Wembley stadium in London, England, Tuesday, July 6, 2021. (Justin Tallis/Pool Photo via AP)

UEFA EURO 2020 Semi-Finals, Italy vs Spain Highlights: Jorginho converted the decisive penalty kick to give Italy a 4-2 shootout win over Spain and a spot in the European Championship final. The midfielder took a trademark hop at the end of his runup before rolling the ball into the bottom corner.

The match had finished 1-1 through extra time. Federico Chiesa scored for Italy with a curling shot in the 60th minute but Alvaro Morata equalised for Spain in the 80th. Morata missed the next-to-last kick in the shootout, giving Jorginho the chance to win it. Italy will be back at Wembley Stadium for the final on Sunday against either England or Denmark.

Team News:

Italy: Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson Palmieri, Barella, Jorginho, Verratti, Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne

Spain: Simon, Azpilicueta, Garcia, Laporte, Jordi Alba, Koke, Busquets, Pedri, Ferran Torres, Oyarzabal, Olmo

Live Blog

UEFA EURO 2020 Semi-Finals, Italy vs Spain Highlights:

03:19 (IST)07 Jul 2021
ITALY BOOK FINAL SPOT

Jorginho slotted the winning penalty after Alvaro Morata's spot kick was saved. Federico Chiesa’s goal was cancelled out by Alvaro Morata, but the Juventus striker made the crucial error in the shoot-out.

Spain have failed to progress from a semi-final of a major tournament (World Cup/Euros) for the first time in their history, having previously reached the final in each of their previous five semi-final appearances. 

03:11 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Penalties: Italy 4-2 Spain

Jorginho sends Simon to the left and rolls into the bottom right. ITALY WINS

03:10 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Penalties: Italy 3-2 Spain

Oh oh! Morata misses! He hits weakly towards the bottom right, easily saved by Donnarumma. 

03:10 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Penalties: Italy 3-2 Spain

Bernardeschi hits the top-right to put Italy ahead in penalties.

03:09 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Penalties: Italy 2-2 Spain

Thiago whips insouciantly into the bottom left.

03:09 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Penalties: Italy 2-1 Spain

Bonucci sends Simon the wrong way, passing into the bottom right.

03:08 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Penalties: Italy 1-1 Spain

Moreno stutters but sweeps into the top right to equalise for Spain.

03:07 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Penalties: Italy 1-0 Spain

Belotti lashes into the bottom left. Simon goes in the right direction but fails to save it.

03:07 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Penalties: Italy 0-0 Spain

Olmo goes first for Spain but in going for the top left, skies it. 

03:05 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Penalties: Italy 0-0 Spain

Locatelli takes the first penalty, SIMON SAVES. A strong hand to keep him down. 

03:02 (IST)07 Jul 2021
End of extra-time: Italy 1-1 Spain

Italy and Spain will battle it out from the penalty spot to decide who will be in the final of Euro 2020. Domenico Berardi had the ball in the net only for it to be ruled offside! Nothing can seperate the sides after 120 minutes.

02:58 (IST)07 Jul 2021
117' Yellow card

Bonucci had hit boot high to win the ball and just caught Morata after he brought it down so he's shown a yellow card.

02:54 (IST)07 Jul 2021
110' Offside

Berardi is sprung clear down the left. He sticks out his leg, hooking across Simon and into the top right but the flag goes up for offside. The game has lost a bit of its momentum now, players looking tired.

02:45 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Substitutions

Thiago Alcantara comes in for Sergio Busquets, Garcia is forced off with cramp, and on comes Torres for Spain. Italy replace Chiesa with Bernardeschi. Italy get us back underway for the second half of the extra-time.

02:43 (IST)07 Jul 2021
ET HT: Italy 1-1 Spain

The first half of extra time is over. No breakthrough yet in extra-time! Spain have had the majority of possesion! A nervy second half awaits! Another 15 minutes to be played.

02:42 (IST)07 Jul 2021
102' Block

Pedri floats a lovely cross towards Morata in the middle but Donnarumma gets there just aheadd of him to punch it away. Spain are continuing to dominate possession in the extra-time. 

02:36 (IST)07 Jul 2021
98' Yellow card, free-kick for Spain

Substitute Totoi sticks an arm out and takes Olmo down that earns him a booking. Olmo swings the free-kick into the box and Donnarumma has to get down to push it away. It goes as far as Morata, who pulls it back across the box and it pinballs around, bouncing off both sets of players before going wide. 

02:25 (IST)07 Jul 2021
EXTRA-TIME

It stands 1-1 in the semifinal at Wembley. The 90 minutes are up and we are going to extra-time at Wembley! Alvaro Morata came on and cancelled out Federico Chiesa's opener. 

02:18 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Substitutions

Spain: Marcos Llorente comes in for Cesar Azpilicueta

Double substitution for Italy: Manuel Locatelli comes in for Nicolo Barella, Andrea Belotti comes in for Lorenzo Insigne

02:15 (IST)07 Jul 2021
79' GOAL

GOAL! Substitute Alvaro Morata equalises for Spain in the second half of EURO 2020. Morata drops deep to get othe ball from Laporte before making a driving run through the middle of the field. He plays a one-two with Olmo to open up a pocket of space before coolly slotting his effort past Donnarumma and into the bottom left. 

Álvaro Morata has now scored more goals for Spain at the European Championships (6) than any other player in their history, breaking Fernando Torres’ record.

Italy Squad:

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Alex Meret (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino)

Defenders: Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter),Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea), Alessandro Florenzi (Paris Saint-Germain), Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma), Rafael Toloi (Atalanta)

Midfielders: Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo), Nicolo Barella (Inter), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Jorginho (Chelsea), Matteo Pessina (Atalanta), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain), Gaetano Castrovilli (Fiorentina)

Forwards: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Andrea Belotti (Torino), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Giacomo Raspadori (Sassuolo).

Spain Squad

Goalkeepers: David De Gea (Manchester United/ENG), Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao), Robert Sanchez (Brighton/ENG).

Defenders: Jose Gaya (Valencia), Eric Garcia, Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City/ENG), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Diego Llorente (Leeds/ENG), Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea/ENG)

Midfielders: Fabian Ruiz (Napoli/ITA), Pedri, Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodri Hernandez (Manchester City/ENG), Koke, Marcos Llorente (both Atletico Madrid), Thiago Alcantara (Liverpool/ENG).

Forwards: Dani Olmo (Leipzig/GER), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Ferran Torres (Manchester City/ENG), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Alvaro Morata (Juventus/ITA), Adama Traore (Wolverhampton/ENG), Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA).

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