Euro 2020 Quarter-final Highlights Belgium vs Italy: Italy advance to the semi-final of Euro 2020 after a 2-1 win over Belgium. Barella and Insigne scored the two goals in the first half, which proved to be enough for them to go though. They will meet Spain in the semi-final at the Wembley in London. For the second major tournament running, Belgium have fallen at the quarter-final hurdle.
Story of the Match: Italy toughen it out to eke out a 2-1 win and knock out top-ranked Belgium. Italy’s key player Spinazzola has to be stretched off injured while Mancini takes off both Insigne and Immobile. Romelu Lukaku misses a sitter after a gorgeous pass from Kevin de Bruyne across the face of the goal. The second half has started the same tempo that the first half ended with. Romelu Lukaku scores from the spot to being Belgium back in the game after Di Lorenzo conceded a penalty by bringing down Doku. Lorenzo Insigne scores an absolute stunner to put Italy 2-0 up. Nicolo Barella with a fantastic strike after some solid play from Italy as the Azzurri take the lead. Kevin de Bruyne’s fantastic strike is saved brilliantly by Gianluigi Donnarumma. Bonucci’s goal was cancelled by VAR with Chiellini deemed offside in the build-up. Lively start to the game so far with both teams trying to carve out chances. Kevin de Bruyne has made it to the starting line-up of Belgium despite injury scare but Eden Hazard’s injury is surely worse as he is not even on the bench.
Italy advance to the semi-final of Euro 2020 after a 2-1 win over Belgium. Barella and Insigne scored the two goals in the first half, which proved to be enough for them to go though. They will meet Spain in the semi-final at the Wembley in London.
🇮🇹 Italy see off Belgium to book a semi-final date with Spain! 👏👏👏#EURO2020— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) July 2, 2021
79' - Lorenzo Insigne makes way for Domenico Berardi while the injured Spinazzola has to be replaced by Emerson.
Spinazzola pulled sometime while trying to make a sprint and had his leg stuck in the grass. He has his face covered as he can't even walk and has to be carried off the pitch on a stretcher.
Belgium 1-2 Italy
61' - HOW DID LUKAKU MISS THAT? De Bruyne with a fantastic run into the box and he makes the perfect pass after drawing everyone to himself. He passes the ball to Lukaku at the far post but the Inter Milan striker toes the ball straight into Spinazzola who was just there. The ball hits the Italian and Lukaku, in momentum, goes forward and can't even try for a rebound.
Belgium 1-2 Italy
HALF TIME! What an exhilarating half of football! It's starting on a fantastic tempo and remained the same for the rest of the first half. Bonucci first put Italy in the lead but his goal was cancelled after VAR deemed Chiellini offside in the build-up. However, Italy were not to be denied as Barella put Italy 1-0 up. In the 44th minute, Insigne scored an absolute stunner to increase Italy's lead. However, Di Lorenzo brought down Baku in the other penalty are to give Belgium a lifeline. Lukaku made no mistake from the spot to being Belgium back in the game just before the half-time whistle.
Belgium 1-2 Italy
Exhilarating half in Munich! 🍿🍿🍿#EURO2020— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) July 2, 2021
45+2' - GOAL! Romelu Lukaku makes no mistake from the spot and Belgium are back into this. They scored right before half time to make for an interesting second half.
Belgium 1-2 Italy
44' - GOAL! An absolute stunner from Lorenzo Insigne, a goal of the highest quality. He picks up the ball on the left and makes a run towards the edge of the box. None of the Belgian defenders close him down and he goes for a curling strike at the goal.
Belgium 0-2 Italy
31' - GOAL! Nicolo Barella puts Italy in the lead and it was absolutely brilliant play from the Italian team. Belgium fail to clear the lines and pass the ball straight to Verratti, who plays in a fantastic pass to Barella in the box. The Italian does extremely well to stay on his feet and use his body strength to unleash a brilliant strike.
Belgium 0-1 Italy
It was going to be a mammoth battle between two teams who have been in very good forms. While Belgium is the top-ranked team according to FIFA rankings, Italy had set a national record of 31 matches unbeaten. Belgium and Italy were the only sides to win all 10 games in qualifying and the only teams along with the Netherlands to win every match in the group stage. Belgium saw off Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in Seville thanks to Thorgan Hazard’s goal and held on while Italy laboured to get the better of Austria in extra time at Wembley in the last 16. The winner of the match will take on Spain in the semi-final at Wembley.
Belgium could start the match with Kevin de Bruyne, who had an excellent match. But they did not have the services of Eden Hazard even from the bench and they suffered because of that as that snatched a bit of their creativity. Belgium were also guilty of missing a couple of huge chances to equalise in the second half even though Italy held a very solid shape for most of the match.
For Italy, they had defender Spinazzola injured in the second half and they will not have his services back since he was stretchered off the pitch.
Insigne, however, was the best Italian player according to News18.com.