After a horrendous display of football, the Italians capitalized on their chances against a poorly-prepared Belgian side. Italy took a comfortable two-goal lead and restricted the Belgians to only one goal by Romelu Lukaku.
On the other hand, Switzerland came close to eliminating Spain, but the latter took a massive victory in the penalty shootouts.
What will happen in the first semi-final of UEFA Euro 2020? Let’s take a look at the preview.
Italy 2-1 Spain
Italy 1-1 Spain
(Italy win 4-2 on Penalty)
The Italians showed intent, class, enthusiasm, and sheer brilliance in their game against Belgium. It was another test, and the Azzurri did not disappoint its fans.
The first half saw three goals. Nicolo Barella was the first goalscorer on the team sheet for Italy. Later on, Insigne finessed the ball inside the net from outside the box that was oozing brilliance.
Romelu Lukaku pulled one back before the half-time whistle, but it was insufficient for the Belgians as Italy managed to hold them back efficiently.
Italy faces another test against a well-organized Spanish side that is managed by treble-winner FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique.
After a back-to-back qualification, Spain will now face the mighty Italians, who are known for their defensive play at the back.
By the looks, Morata will be leading the lines yet again, while Dani Olmo and Ferran Torres are rumoured to cover the flanks. The question is – would it be sufficient for them to break down that Italian defence? We don’t think so.
Barring any late injury news, Spain and Italy will look to line up like the following:
Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne
Spain: Simon; Azpilicueta, Laporte, Torres, Alba; Koke, Busquets, Pedri; Torres, Morata, Olmo
We’re predicting a win for the Italians in what’s expected to be an open game from all fronts.
Our prediction: Italy 2-1 Spain
Spain could emerge as the winners, but it’s the former that has been in hot form.
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