Italy WINS on penalties to earn place in final

The Italian players celebrate with their fans. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AP

Italy wins the match against Spain in the UEFA Euro 2020 semi finals.

Full time of the game ended with a draw, a goal to each. Feredico Chiesa scoring the opening goal in the second half 60th minute, a beautifully curved goal into the far corner gave the Azzurri the lead.

But this allowed Spain to become more attacking than they have in the semi final. Luis Enrique’s team were more threatening even before the Italy goal. He brought Alvaro Morata on almost immediately. Morata equalized for Spain with less than 10 minutes to play.

Morata forcing extra time, which Spain took advantage of as Italy fell back only to defend. But their defense wasn’t penetrated again. After two 15 minute halves of extra time, no change to the score line was made, resulting another penalty shootout for Spain who had won their shootout against Switzerland in the quarters.

No team in the history of the tournament had won two penalty shootouts in one year, history on Italy’s side but Locatelli missed the first penalty of the shootout. Unai Simon confident as ever, dove the right way comfortably blocking Locatelli’s weak penalty.

Up came the young Spanish superstar Dani Olmo who had the best game on the pitch but pressure got to him as he shot his penalty over the roof. Belotti and Gerrard Moreno both scored their penalties for their respective countries. Bonucci sends Unai Simon the wrong way making the shootout back in Italy’s favor, 2-1.

Thiago stepped up, shot a calm and cool penalty Gianluigi Donnaruma wouldn’t even dream of catching. Level again at 2-2. Bernardeschi shot a fiery rocket into the top corner, Azzurri leads 3-2. Then came Morata, the Spaniards’ hero in the 80th minute. Easy save for Donnaruma as Morata shot a weak penalty to the right corner. Chelsea’s main man in the spot steps up for Italy. Jorginho hops once sending Unai Simon wide, scoring the easiest penalty of the shootout.

Italy wins the shootout 4-2, placing them in Euro final for the second time in 3 tournaments.