Italy’s reality record 37-game unbeaten run concluded as Spain beat them in a captivating experience at the San Siro to arrive at the Nations League last.
Though in Uefa’s auxiliary competition, Spain got a proportion of retribution for their Euro 2020 semi-last punishment shootout rout by inevitable champs Italy at Wembley.
Manchester City’s Ferran Torres scored Spain’s objectives in Milan from two Mikel Oyarzabal crosses to send Luis Enrique’s side to Sunday’s last against one or the other Belgium or France.
Italy was at that point second best, and 1-0 down, when commander Leonardo Bonucci was shipped off for two appointments, the second for an elbow on Sergio Busquets.
They looked dead and covered until Lorenzo Pellegrini’s late objective after a magnificent Federico Chiesa run on a counter-assault – yet couldn’t track down an outlandish equalizer.
Spain gave 17-year-old Barcelona midfielder Gavi a beginning, making him the most youthful worldwide in their set of experiences – under about a month and a half after his club debut – and he took a gander at home on this stage.
The Nations League might be a genuinely new competition – and scorned by a few – however when the two sides had 11 men this was played with the ability and power of any World Cup or European Championship experience.
This additionally denotes whenever Italy first have lost a cutthroat game in their country beginning around 1999.
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Torres shows his significance to Spain
Torres has become one of Spain’s star men in the previous year or somewhere in the vicinity. This was his eleventh global objective since 1 September 2020. No other individual has scored more than five.
He is clinical as well, with six of his keep going seven shots on track for Spain finishing in an objective. He just had two shots in this game.
His initially was a flawless volley – at a troublesome stature – and his second a header back across objective, both from Oyarzabal balls into the crate.
He was supplanted right off the bat in the second half by adolescent debutant Yeremi Pino, probably with a thump.
In any case, the game was finished by that stage, particularly with Italy down to 10 men. Roberto Mancini welcomed on veteran safeguard Giorgio Chiellini for assailant Federico Bernardeschi at half-time as the hosts searched for some harm restriction.
They possibly had a single shot in the subsequent half – when Chiesa ran from his half after Spain submitted men forward and unselfishly squared for substitute Pellegrini.
Spain gave Italy their most troublesome game at Euro 2020 whenever they squandered a heap of chances before losing on punishments.
Yet, they got the success they merited this time. There was the odd circumstance too of Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who was named the best player at Euro 2020, however, was booed all through by his fans. He left San Siro tenants AC Milan for Paris St-Germain in the mid-year.
It seemed to influence him on occasion, most prominently when he bobbled Marcos Alonso’s volley onto the post minutes after the initial objective.
“Italy was playing and it was anything but a club match,” Italy supervisor Roberto Mancini said.
Italy will confront the washouts of Thursday’s down among Belgium and France at Juventus’ arena in Sunday’s third-set play-off at a similar setting (14:00 BST).