Italy edged Spain 4-2 in the penalty shootout to break a 1-1 tie and advance to the Euro 2020 final.
Jorginho coolly rolled the decisive kick past Spain keeper Unai Simon in the semi-final at Wembley to secure victory, with a 4-2 scoreline in the shootout.
🇮🇹 Italy through to EURO 2020 final after thrilling shoot-out! 👏
WHAT A GAME! 🤯#EURO2020
— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) July 6, 2021
Federico Chiesa’s wonderful curled effort had given Italy the lead on the hour mark, before Morata’s late equaliser saw Spain force extra time at Wembley this morning as the contest stood deadlocked at 1-1 after 90 minutes.
With neither side able to find the winning goal in extra-time, the tie went to penalties with Jorginho scoring the decisive penalty kick after Morata’s miss to send Italy through to its first major international final since Euro 2012.
“It’s a pity. We didn’t want our tournament to finish today but on Sunday and by winning the title. It was not to be,” said Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets after the match.
“This is football. I think the team did well. We had opportunities, controlled the game. We showed a lot of pride. It’s a shame. Penalty shootouts are like this.
“Everyone considered Italy favourites but we showed that we were superior to Italy. It’s a shame. We didn’t deserve to go behind. We can only congratulate Italy and continue on our path.”
“The players and everyone that has worked with us over the last three years deserve a lot of credit because it wasn’t easy by any means,” Italy Coach Roberto Mancini said through an interpreter at the postgame news conference. “Almost no one believed we could do it, and yet we are into the final.”
“It’s not a sad night for me, not at all,” Spain Coach Luis Enrique said. “Of course, it’s a bit of disappointment, but that’s elite football — you have to be able to win and lose. … I think we go home knowing that we competed and that we were one of the best teams at the competition.”
Italy will play England or Denmark in the final after winning 4-2 on penalties at Wembley.