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Euro 2020 Rewind: Italy expels Belgium, Spain moves forward with penalty – Soccer Sports

Italy was one of the main surprises at the 2020 European Championship, a trend that continued on Friday after Roberto Mancini’s team advanced to the semi-finals of the tournament.

Guri Azuri used two goals in the first half to win with a strong defense in the second half, defeating Belgium 2-1 in Munich and then moving forward on Friday. Italy will face Spain at Wembley Stadium in the first match of the two semi-finals.

Spain also advanced on Friday’s action, beating Switzerland 3-1 with a penalty kick after both teams reached level 1-1 in 120 plays. Luis Enrique’s team led early against Switzerland, but was counterattacked thanks to Xherdan Shaqiri’s equalizer. Unai Simon made two penalty saves to maintain his victory.

Let’s look back on Friday’s Euro 2020 action.

Belgium 1, Italy 2

(Romelu Lukaku 45 + 2′) – (Nicola Barella 31′, Lorenzo Insigne 44′)

Italy continued to run impressively, eliminating one of Belgium’s most popular tournaments with a 2-1 scoreline.

Leonardo Bonucci’s 13-minute finish seemed to give the Italians an early advantage, but VAR decided that the defender was offside at the finish. However, Italy attacked twice in the last 14 minutes of the first half and scored a two-goal advantage in the last few minutes before half-time.

Nicolo Barella opened the scoring for Italy in the 31st minute, receiving a pass from Marco Verratti and shooting behind the net. A poor giveaway from Jan Vertonghen allowed Italy to maintain ownership in the box, and the attack did not make a mistake.

Lorenzo Insigne doubled Italy’s advantage in the 44th minute, racing upfield and then stepping in and shooting into the top corner. Valera set a goal for Insigne and added assistance to the goal in the first half.

Jeremy Doc was defeated by Giovanni di Lorenzo in stoptime, giving Belgium a chance to reduce its deficit. Romelu Lukaku stepped up and scored, turning Roberto Martinez’s sidelife into the second half.

However, Italy’s defense was strong, allowing only four goals in the overall match, annoying Belgium in the last few minutes. Despite having one of the best teams on paper, the Belgians have been eliminated and have to wait for the 2022 World Cup to retry the trophy.


Switzerland 1, Spain 1 (Spain won 3-1 with a penalty)

(Xherdan Shaqiri 68′) – (Bruno Zakaria OG 8′)

Spain was nailed to the weak Switzerland in the second half, but found a way to advance to the final four in the penalty shootout.

Unai Simon made two penalty saves and Switzerland’s Ruben Vargas missed the net after shooting out to Spain 3-1. Luis Enrique’s team will face Italy in the first match of two semifinals next week.

Bruno Zachariah’s own goal gave Spain an early advantage after Jordi Alba’s shot deviated from the midfielder and led Yann Sommer 1-0. Somer couldn’t do anything about deflection as the shot went in the opposite direction of the dive.

Xherdan Shaqiri continued the powerful tournament, catching up with Vladimir Petkovic’s team in the 68th minute. Due to the confusion between Pau Torres and Aymeric Laporte, Remo Freuler had a chance to intercept before the midfielder put Shaqiri in the box.

The Liverpool man stayed calm and defeated Simon in the tournament’s third goal.

Despite Freuler being sent off in the 77th minute with Gerard Moreno’s red card tackle, the Swiss stuck in the last 40 minutes or more and forced a shootout.

Sergio Busquets posted a post in his attempt, but the Swiss will see the attempt of Fabian Shah and Manuel Akanji saved by Real Sociedad goalkeeper Simon. Ruben Vargas slipped his attempt across the crossbar and Miquel Oyalzabal successfully won a winning spot kick to give Spain a dramatic victory.

The European Championship quarterfinals will continue on Saturday as England will face Ukraine and Denmark will face the Czech Republic.


– Soccer Sports

Euro 2020 Rewind: Italy expels Belgium, Spain moves forward with penalty

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