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EURO 2020

Italy defeat Spain on penalties to reach Euro 2020 final

The Azzurri had been dangerous on counter-attacks but it was against the run of play when they took the lead in the 60th minute
06 July 2021, United Kingdom, London: Italy's Federico Chiesa celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the UEFA EURO 2020 semi final soccer match between Italy and Spain at Wembley Stadium. Photo: Fabio Ferrari/LaPresse via ZUMA Press/dpa
Italy's Federico Chiesa celebrates scoring his side's first goal at Wembley Stadium. Photo: Fabio Ferrari/dpa.

Italy were pressed and pressed but held their nerve to reach the final of Euro 2020 with a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win after a 1-1 draw largely dominated by Spain at Wembley.

Jorginho stroked home an astonishingly cool spot-kick to settle matters after Spain's Alvaro Morata, who equalized in regular time, was stopped by keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

06 July 2021, United Kingdom, London: Spain's Alvaro Morata celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the UEFA EURO 2020 semi final soccer match between Italy and Spain at Wembley Stadium. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire/dpaSpain's Alvaro Morata celebrates scoring his side's goal. Photo: Nick Potts/dpa.

The Azzurri had been dangerous on counter-attacks but it was against the run of play when they took the lead in the 60th minute.

Federico Chiesa collected a loose ball to curl brilliantly into the far corner.

Spain struck a deserved equalizer with 10 minutes remaining when substitute Morata played a neat one-two with Dani Olmo before side-footing home but they could not found a winner.

And it is Italy who will return to London on Sunday for the final against the winner of Denmark v England in Tuesday's second semi-final.

06 July 2021, United Kingdom, London: Spain's Dani Olmo (L) and Italy's Jorginho battle for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2020 semi final soccer match between Italy and Spain at Wembley Stadium. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire/dpaSpain's Dani Olmo (L) and Italy's Jorginho battle for the ball. Photo: Nick Potts/dpa.

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