Italy vs Spain – Football Match Report – October 6, 2021

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Spain ended the world record of 37 games unbeaten for European champion Italy’s Italy as Ferran Torres scored twice in a 2-1 win at San Siro Stadium in their half – Nations League final on Wednesday.

Spain will face the winners of Thursday’s other semi-final between France and Belgium, in Sunday’s deciding match.

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Torres gave Spain the lead in the 17th minute, directing a left wing cross from Mikel Oyarzabal to the far corner ahead of Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Roberto Mancini’s side, who beat Spain on penalties in the Euro 2020 semi-final in July, fell to 10 men in the 42nd minute when Leonardo Bonucci was sent off for a second yellow card after nudging Sergio Busquets.

“This is what matches are like, sometimes certain episodes can influence them,” said Italy coach Roberto Mancini. “It’s a disappointment. We should have stayed with 11 men, we made a mistake that we cannot do at this level.”

Torres then sent Luis Enrique’s side with a two-goal lead at the break when left unattended to register another handsome cross from Oyarzabal.

Italy ensured a tense end to a quality game by pulling out a goal, seven minutes to go, as Enrico Chiesa took advantage of a hesitant Spanish defense, broke from the center line to the surface and then kicked off. slipped the ball to replace Lorenzo Pellegrini to convert.

Donnarumma, booed by AC Milan fans angry at his recent transfer from the club to Paris St Germain, almost offered Spain a second when he missed a harmless Marcos Alonso effort against the post but Bonucci scrambled the ball.

Any lingering questions about the significance of the game had been swept away by the lightning-fast start and it was by no means one-way traffic as Italy began to open up the Spanish defense.

Federico Bernardeschi came close to the equalizer with a low shot from the right that Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon pushed against the post and Lorenzo Insigne missed a great opportunity, shooting wide into space at the edge of the box.

Spain coach Luis Enrique said of Gavi, who became the youngest player to play for Spain at 17 years and 62 days: “He plays like he’s in a schoolyard. is pure joy to watch a player with that type of character “He is the future of the national team but also the present.”

“It was a very good game. We both offered our football. We generated danger and we put pressure on them like they did on us as you would expect from European champions. I “I’m very happy. We had a practice and a half sessions so I’m delighted. We were brave and had the right attitude. I’m privileged because I have 50 players.”

The Azzurri, who beat Spain on penalties in the Euro 2020 semi-final in July, lost a man in the 42nd minute when Bonucci was sent off for a second yellow card after nudging to Sergio Busquets.

For Spain however, the revenge for the Wembley defeat was sweet.

“We knew it was a special game, we came out in the Euro semi-finals and what better way to beat them at home in other semi-finals,” Torres said.


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