Federico Chiesa scored a goal worthy of advancing to a final as Italy defeated Spain in what was an extraordinary night of football at Wembley Stadium.
The Juventus man had sent the Azzurri ahead an hour into the game, but substitute Alvaro Morata’s strike for La Roja meant that the match ended one apiece in regulation time.
Thirty additional minutes of extra time were required to find the first finalist of EURO 2020, and when even that could not separate the two teams – spot-kicks were required to be taken by both the teams to determine the winner.
Fortunately for the Azzurri, Jorginho’s calmly taken penalty kick meant that Italy will now await either England or Denmark in Sunday’s EURO 2020 final at the same venue.
A big-game player
Federico Chiesa has this season scored goals against Porto, AC Milan, Atalanta besides finding the back of the net in the Coppa Italia final. He continued his form in Euro 2020 as well with a goal against Austria and against Spain last night.
His goal last night was all about him. Aymeric Laporte’s clearance would’ve been the end of Italy’s attack had it not been for the effort of the Juventus forward, who made a galloping 70-meter run and pounced on to City defender’s clearance to put his side ahead.
Chiesa dropped the shoulder, made a quick shift of the ball to create half a yard of space and curled it around the goalkeeper to score a sensational goal.