Posted in: 07/10/2021 – 10:57
Spain took revenge on its host, Italy, the European champion, and reached the final of the second edition of the European Nations League competition when it beat it 2-1 on Wednesday 06 October 2021 at the San Siro stadium in Milan in front of 37,000 spectators in the semi-finals.
Manchester City striker Ferran Torres (17, 45 +2) scored Spain's two goals, while substitute Lorenzo Pellegrini (83) scored the honorable goal for the hosts, who completed the match with ten players since the 42nd minute after their captain Leonardo Bonucci was sent off.
France, the world champion, will meet Belgium Thursday in Turin in the second semi-final match, while the final will be held on Sunday at the San Siro stadium, and the third-place match will be held at the Alliano Stadium in Turin.
Spain and its coach Luis Enrique considered their loss to Italy in the last European Cup semi-final, when coach Roberto Mancini’s men outperformed on penalties after the end of the original and extra time with a 1-1 draw.
Spain stopped Italy’s record series in maintaining its unbeaten record at 37 games, and inflicted its first loss at San Siro since 1927, achieving its first victory over Italy at home in an official match.
Spain decided the result of the match in the first half when it scored two goals thanks to its control and great possession of the ball, which amounted to 63%, as well as the numerical shortage after Bonucci was sent off because she scored the second five minutes after his exit.
Spain continued its advantage in the second half and could have strengthened on more than one occasion and almost paid the price dearly because the Italians reduced the difference in the last seven minutes and rushed in search of an equaliser.
Mancini was forced to remove striker Bernardeschi to push the other pole of defense and captain Chiellini at the beginning of the second half, and he also made four other changes without succeeding in turning the table on his guests.
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