Italy booked their positioned within the remaining of Euro 2020 by beating Spain on penalties after a pulsating 1-1 draw at Wembley.
Chelsea star Jorginho rolled dwelling the successful penalty with a skip and a bounce after Alvaro Morata missed to finish a unprecedented, end-to-end encounter.
England will attempt to be part of the Italians within the Wembley showdown on Sunday once they face Denmark within the different semi-final tomorrow.
Describing the motion for talkSPORT, former England worldwide Stuart Pearce mentioned: “This has been the sport of the event.
“I do know different video games have had extra targets, however the tempo and the usual right here has been luxurious.”
An exhilarating match was opened up in appropriate trend when Federico Chiesa rounded off a lightening-fast Italy counter with a surprising end on the hour mark.
Pearce mentioned: “The medical nature of that counter assault was unbelievable. They swept down the pitch and when it arrived at Chiesa’s toes, he opened his physique up and curled it with tempo to the far nook.”
However Spain carried on zipping across the Italians with vigour and finally received the reward their efficiency deserved.
Morata, who would finally turn into the villain once more, got here off the bench to briefly make himself a hero, demonstrating glorious management and coolness after bouncing off Dani Olmo to equalise with ten minutes left.
“Great soccer,” Pearce mentioned. “This was all about Morata, he confirmed actual composure.”
The closing phases, and certainly extra-time adopted an identical sample of Spanish strain with Italy wanting harmful on the break, though the irrepressible tempo understandably dropped.
Such a spectacle deserved penalties, however the opening spot-kicks didn’t match what had gone earlier than.
Manuel Locatelli noticed his effort saved by Unai Simon after which Olmo blazed over the bar.
However profitable penalties adopted, aside from Morata, who was denied by Gianluigi Donnarumma, giving Jorginho the possibility to win it 4-2 for Italy.
Over to you, England.
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