Following a 1-1 draw with Spain, Italy won a penalty shootout to advance to the Euro 2020 championships. The Italians have a perfect record at the tournament thus far, winning all of their group games and eliminating Austria and Belgium in the process.
Early on, Italy looked powerful and had a good chance when Lorenzo Insigne beat Unai Simon to the ball in a race to the ball. Fortunately for Spain, neither Ciro Immobile nor Nicolo Barella were able to create space for a shot, so the chance passed them by.
Spain’s performance in the tournament has been less than stellar. They were unable to put away either Croatia or Switzerland in 90 minutes, having only secured five points in the group stage, and appeared to be riding their luck.
Nonetheless, they fared considerably better versus Italy. They were on the verge of breaking the tie when Daniel Olmo’s shot was deflected back into his path. Gianluigi Donnarumma, who got down well to his right, made a nice save on his second effort.
🗣️ “In professional sport we all have to learn how to win and how to take defeat. That’s why I want to congratulate Italy.”— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) July 7, 2021
🇪🇸 Luis Enrique reflecting on his side’s semi-final defeat.#EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/nTLzHTdKtD