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Euro 2020 Semi-Finals Day 1 Review

Penalties are a lottery.

Italy 1 (4) vs. (2) 1 Spain

For large parts of the first half and the game in general Spain were the better team. Their play was good and fluid while Pedri and Busquets ran the midfield. Italy defended well and sprang some counters but neither team could score in the 1st half. The 2nd half so Italy take the lead in the 60th minute thanks to a brilliant curling effort from Chiesa. As the clock ticked on Italy grew tighter at the back. Morata finally equalised for Spain coming off the bench and a one two led to a strikers finish in the 80th minute to make it 1-1. The two teams could not be separated in the 2nd half and the game went to extra time. In extra time the two teams looked tired and neither really risked it all for the win and so the game went to penalties. Locatelli stepped up and missed while Olmo also missed for Spain. Belotti and Moreno both scored followed by Bonucci and Thiago. Bernardeschi scored but Morata missed his penalty. Up stepped Jorginho who in trade mark finish hop skipped and passed the ball into the net. Italy won and go to the finals. Spain were underdogs and they did really well to reach the quarter’s but just fell short. Italy were not great and will know that with one game left they will have to be better.  

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