The Azzurri going through to their first major final since Euro 2012. Spain made to pay for lack of cutting edge upfront. If you test lady luck too many times especially in a penalty shoot out she usually bites back. La Furia Roja with their third extra time game on the bounce at the Euros. For all the possession and passes(all 908 of them), Spain only testing Donarumma with five shots at goal. Oyarzabal the chief culprit as far as missed chances are concerned especially in the first half. For the first time in the tournament, Chiellini and Bonucci struggled with the ball movement of the Spaniards and pace of their play. Pedri hardly put a pass wrong, he has slotted into the Xavi shoes really perfectly. Dani Olmo was a thorn on Di Lorenzo’s flesh most of the match probably is the Spanish player I feel bad for not making it to the FINAL.
Italy have always built themselves around great defending and picking up scraps in midfield and launching counters. Check out the Chiesa goal. Only two players in the Spanish box(Italians no intention of committing man forward).Chiesa(who takes after his dad Enrico, a great striker in his heyday) found a gap between Unai Simon and his left post, easier to miss than score. As I said earlier Chiellini and Bonucci were struggling especially as the second half wore on and the Moratta goal evidence of that. The shoot out saw Dani Olmo and Moratta with the crucial misses. Questioning the wisdom of letting Alvaro take a spot kick when he missed one already in the tournament. The writing was on the wall seeing Jorginho stepping up to take the decisive kick. He hardly ever misses for Chelsea.