AsiaDespatch.org – This morning’s final match took place in the quarter-finals of EURO 2020. The match brought together two strong candidates to win the biggest international tournament on the European continent. The Belgian national team must face the Italian national team.
Previously these two teams had never been defeated in the event EURO 2020. Even in the group phase they each came out as group winners with perfect points from three wins from three matches.
Italy Is Still Too Mighty
Playing in a neutral stadium, both teams insisted on showing an attacking game in this exciting match. Since the first half started, each team has made buying and selling attacks. Qualifying for the semifinals is their main goal.
The first goal was created for the Gli Azzurri squad which was scored by Inter Milan midfielder, Nicolo Barella. Slick cooperation occurred between the scorer with Marco Verratti in the penalty box. After that Nicolo Barella took advantage of miscommunication from the Belgian squad’s defense.
Neither Vermaelen, Vertonghen and Thorgan Hazard were able to stop the 24-year-old midfielder’s pace. Then with only a few distances from the goal line, he also released a hard kick. Thibaut Courtois, the goalkeeper of the Red Devils was unable to stem the kick.
Eleven minutes later, the squad is back Roberto Mancini add to their advantage. Starting from a counter-attack scheme, Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne successfully listed his name on the scoreboard.
His rocket kick from outside the penalty box successfully made his team 2-0 up. The kick from the right foot hit the left side of Thibaut Courtois’s goal without being able to be pushed over by the Real Madrid goalkeeper.
The Gli Azzurri’s two-goal advantage only lasted three minutes because Roberto Martinez’s men were able to reduce the gap. Slavko Vincic, the referee in charge of blowing the whistle signaling a violation that occurred in the penalty box.
The Belgian national team winger and Stade Rennais player, Jeremy Doku, who managed to get into his enemy’s penalty box, lay in pain. Giovanni Di Lorenzo, who escorted him, was caught committing a hard foul.
A penalty was also given to the Gli Azzurri squad, a penalty kick was awarded to the Belgian national team. Romelu Lukaku, who was appointed as the executioner of the kick, did his job perfectly. His left foot kick rushed into the left corner of Gianluigi Donnarumma’s goal.
Belgium is playing well
The position also lasted 2-1 until the first half was over. Interestingly, in the second half no more goals were created. According to the statistics of the game, both teams played almost evenly. Only Gli Azzurri have the upper hand in possession. While Roberto Martinez’s men excel in kicks on goal.
But the Belgian national team never got a chance that could be converted into a goal. As a result the squad Italy led by Giorgio Chiellini entitled to qualify and appear in the semifinals of EURO 2020 later.
Judging from the Gli Azzurri squad’s record, the victory over the Belgian national team added to the perfect record of the coach, Roberto Mancini. 12 consecutive victories have been achieved by the team nicknamed the Gli Azzurri.
The counting began when Giorgio Chiellini and his friends drew against the Dutch national team in October 2020. In the UEFA Nations League match, the two teams shared points with the final result 1-1.
Returning to the EURO 2020 event, after eliminating a strong candidate for the title, Roberto Mancini’s team showed that they were not a random team. They will face Spain in the semifinals. Where Luis Enrique’s squad won over Switzerland in the quarter-finals on penalties.