Italy produced a controlled and confident display against Belgium to run out 2-1 winners in their quarterfinal match at Euro 2020. Italy will now face Spain in the semi-finals at Wembley on Monday. Belgium and Lukaku came close to securing the equalizer but the Italians held on for a memorable victory.
Nico Barella scored the opener after a flurry of activity in the box including a penalty shout for a challenge on Ciro immobile. Lorenzo Insigne then produced a moment of brilliance with a stunning strike doubling their advantage. Romelu Lukaku then got one back from the penalty spot. Unfortunately for Belgium, there were no more goals in the match.
Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez: “The feelings are what you can imagine, really – sadness and disappointment – because I do not think these players deserve to be out of this tournament.” Martinez said after Italy beat Belgium. “They have done an incredible job to be prepared to be ready to go step-by-step every day, from the beginning of the tournament. And unfortunately, today (Friday), we faced a very good side in Italy. I thought it was two very good teams in this knockout phase. And, unfortunately, the margins did not go in our favor.”
Italy head coach Roberto Mancini: “I don’t think we suffered too much in any moment of the game. To beat a team like Belgium you need a great performance by everybody and this is exactly what happened today.” he added. “We scored two and we could have scored more. I think the victory is fully deserved. Spain is next but the more you go forward the most difficult it becomes. Tonight, however, we just want to think about our performance and our victory.”