Breaking Euro 2020:Spain, Italy Beat Opponents To Meet In Semi-Finals

...Semi-finals; Italy vs Spain

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Spain national team on Friday defeated 10-man Switzerland’s national team in a quarter final match between both teams in a match that was played at Saint Petersburg Stadium.

The match was officiated by one of England’s best referee; Michael Oliver.

Denis Zakaria’s own goal which gave Luis Enrique led Spain the lead against Switzerland on the 8th minutes of the game was squared up when Xherdan Shaqiri in the 68th minute equalized for Switzerland.

The match which was dominated by Spain with 65 percent possession ended 1-1 after the 90minutes regulation time including the 30minutes extra time.

Spain national team proved that they deserved to make it to the Euro 2020 Semi-finals as they won the match on 3-1 in a penalty shootout that saw Fabian Schaer, Manuel Akanji and Ruben Vargas all missing their penalties. Two Spanish players; Sergio Busquets and Rodri equally missed their penalties as well, but that couldn’t stop their team from progressing into the semi-finals.

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The Vladimir Petkovic led team may have gone out of the Euro 2020 competition, football pundits however, stated that they were happy with the progress made by the Switzerland National Team as no one gave a chance to have gone this far in the competition.

Similarly, the match between the Belgian and Italian national teams which was officiated by Slovenian referee; Slavko Vincic, saw Italy edging out the Romeo Lukaku led team on 2-1 score line.

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The game which saw Marco Verratti (20th), Youri Tielemans (21st) and Domenico Berardi (90th) being yellow carded respectively had its opening goal on the 31st minute by Nicolo Barella for Italy.

Italy added to their lead on the 44th minute as Lorenzo Insigne fired them up. But Lukaku on the 45th minutes before the end of the first half made no mistake in firing the penalty pass Italian Goal Keeper to keep the pressure on Italy.

Belgium had 3 shots on target and four off target against Italy that 4 shots on target and 5 off target.

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Despite efforts by the Roberto Martinez side to break the equalize and possibly win the match, the Roberto Mancini led team were able to wade off the advances of the Belgian in a commanding form as they dominated the game with Italy making 5 changes against Belgium that made only three changes.

With the win over Belgium, the Italian national team would be squaring up against Spain at the Wembley in England on Tuesday night in a semi-final clash having played the ongoing Euro 2020 matches unbeaten in a commanding fashion.

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Leonardo Bonucci’s goal in the 13th minute was ruled off by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) after a review of the footage.


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