SPAIN FALLS TO ITALY

Defending champions, Spain on Monday Evening failed to beat their Italian counterparts In their quater final Game. It was a fierce battle in the early stages of the game at the Stade de France,tackles flying in from all angles of the pitch.It was the defending champions who enjoyed majority of the game possession.

The dead lock was broken in the 31st minute. Eder fired a powerful free-kick through the wall which De Gea does well to parry. However, the ball spills out in front of goal and Giaccherini is the first to react. He lifted the ball over De Gea, before being taken out by the Manchester United stopper, but Chiellini was on hand to tap into an empty net.

Spain kept pressuring, looking for the equaliser but were unlucky when Pelle scored Italy’s second just as he did in Italy’s first game of the tournament,he smashed the ball home from close range to round off an emphatic victory!That goal put Italy beyond reach as it was scored in injury time.

MATCH FACTS

  • Italy ended a run of five international meetings against Spain without a win (L2 D3) and defeated them for the first time since August 2011.
  • This was Italy’s first competitive victory over Spain since the 1994 World Cup (2-1 in the quarter-finals).
  • Spain have lost four of their last seven games (W3 D0 L4) at major international finals tournaments – this after going the previous 12 unbeaten (W10 D2 L0).
  • Spain lost a Euro finals match by a margin of 2+ goals for the first time since 1988 (0-2 v West Germany).
  • Three of Italy’s five goals at Euro 2016 have come in the 88th minute or later, including both of Graziano Pellè’s.
  • Giorgio Chiellini’s goal was the first that Spain have conceded in the knockout stages of a major international tournament since 2006 (v France) – 10 years ago.
  • Chiellini has now scored three goals for Italy under Antonio Conte – only Graziano Pellè (7) and Antonio Candreva (4) have more.
  • Sergio Ramos made his 28th international finals tournament appearance in this match – only Iker Casillas (31) has more for Spain.
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