If it was necessary to designate the European champion now by a show of hands, based only on the developed game, then Italy would be sacred by a large majority. quite found after His complicated match against Austria in the round of 16 (2-1 August).Favored by spectators in Munich, FC Nacional took turns in the offensive frenzy and the stages of controlled management to wipe out Belgium, on Friday, in the quarter-finals of the Euro (2-1). She will return to Spain in the semi-finals on Tuesday at Wembley (9pm), with the tournament’s most exciting team title remaining on its back.
We expected a clash of styles in Munich, between the ingenious game of Mancini’s men and the pragmatism of Roberto Martinez’s men. This is what was presented. The cold starters were somewhat Belgian, in an initial round of observation they were completely removed from the menu that followed. Lukaku (1st and 4th) and Tillmans (16th) tried timidly, before two exploits from future Parisian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, with a strong hand on a shot from Kevin De Bruyne, still dangerous (22), then King dived on a strike From Lukaku, fired by the same De Bruyne (26).
Aside from Bonucci’s goal denied offside (13th), it took Italy over 25 minutes to truly invest in the Belgian surface. But once she activated the particle accelerator, it didn’t take long for her to tell the difference. As he has often done with Inter this season, Nicolo Barilla opened the match in style. After a wrong statement from Jan Vertonghen, the young midfielder erased three defenders in a small space, with a pass from Marco Verratti, to open the scoring (31). And after a hit from Chiesa from close quarters (41), the excitement didn’t have time to go down as Lorenzo Insigne had already made the break, with a remote-controlled shot (44).
Belgium returned in the wake of the inevitable Romelu Lukaku penalty (45 + 1, 4 goals in the tournament), excellent news for the scenario of the match. The escalation intensified, with strong moves from both sides in the second half. Spinazola avoided the equalizer on his line against Lukaku (61), before missing the ball 3-1 (66). And he missed a few millimeters of the Belgian attackers on a cross from Chadli to tie (71). La sortie en pleurs de Spinazzola a glacé les esprits italiens quelques instants, mais la Nazionale a su fermer les espaces dans le dernier quart d’heure pour étendre sa série de victoires (15 de rang) plus la route pevers’ coronation.
Player: Badge, that little one is too big
Lorenzo Insigne, a smaller player (1.63m) from this Euro, finished proving he was one of the most talented players on Friday. When he sees his boss in Napoli to decide his future after the competition, the little dwarf will arrive in a position of strength to negotiate, lighting matches with his enthusiasm and talent for three weeks, and even more if we go back to the final months of the club’s season.
His brilliant right-footed shot, since entering the penalty area, to beat Thibaut Courtois, will undoubtedly remain one of the tournament’s best achievements (44th place). Beyond this masterpiece, Insigne set fire to every pass of his ball, alternating with opponents and quick accelerations. Spinazzola in particular deprived him of help by not recovering over the counter (66).
Truth: Dooku hurt, in vain
With the Eden Hazard package, Roberto Martinez booked a major upset in his formation by assigning the left flank of his attack to Jérémy Doku, while we were instead expecting Yannick Carrasco or Dries Mertens. The young contestant from Rennes (19) was not impressed, hitting Giovanni Di Lorenzo a few bad times. It was he who sought to get the penalty of hope before the break by overtaking the Italian right side (45 + 1). He also started working on Lukaku’s big chance (61), even if he didn’t catch the frame with his shot (84).
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