Friday, September 29, 2023

    Euro 2020: Italy beat Spain in penalty shootout to reach final

    London. Italy reached the final of the European Football Championship after beating Spain 4-2 in a penalty shootout in a thrilling semi-final match. Jorginho scored the winning goal from the penalty spot for Italy in the Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday. Both teams were tied 1-1 after regulation time and later extra time, after which a penalty shoot-out was resorted to for the result.

    Federico Chiesa put Italy ahead in the 60th minute, but Alvaro Morata leveled the score at 1-1 in the 80th minute. For the first time during the tournament, Morata did not make the starting XI. During the tournament, he faced abuse and even death threats from his own fans.

    Morata could be the scapegoat again after his penalty kick was saved by Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. Olmo’s penalty was saved by Donnarumma before Morata. Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has his own way of playing penalty shots. He slowly approaches, stops and jumps to the ball and shoots. On Tuesday, he did not change his style and took Italy to the final by scoring.

    The Italian team is unbeaten in its last 33 matches, a national record. Italy, who reached their fourth final, will face the winner of the match between England and Denmark as Roberto Mencini’s side bid for a second title.

    This performance has been nothing short of a dream come true for Italy as the team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and has now staged a stunning comeback to make it to the finals of Euro 2020. Mencini said, “This group of players is fantastic. Everyone wants to win but the players in this team want to do something special.

    The Italian team has played like champions since the first day of the tournament and will look to show the same on the final day. Italy opened the shoot-out with Manuel Locatelli having his shot blocked by Unai Simeone but Andrea Bellotti, Bonucci, Federico Bernardeschi and Jorginho managed to score. Three-time European champions Spain beat Switzerland in a penalty shoot-out to reach the semi-finals, but Italy halted their run.

    Tags: Euro 2020, Euro Cup, Euro Cup 2020, Euro Cup Final, European Football Championship, football news, Italy, spain

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