Spain ended Italy’s 37-game unbeaten run in all competitions in one of the surprise football results in the Nations League semifinals. Manchester City forward Ferran Torres scored twice as Spain exacted revenge for their semi-final loss at Euro 2020. They had lost to Italy via the penalty shootout at Wembley prior to the start of the season. Leonardo Bonucci was sent off for the European Champions after receiving two bookings for protesting and then subsequently leading with his elbow for an aerial challenge. Lorenzo Pellegrini scored a consolation goal for Italy.
Roberto Mancini, Italy coach: “Football games are like this. Sometimes certain details can decide them. The first half could have ended 1-1 easily. Spain plays very well technically, we should have been more careful in not conceding the second before the end of the half.” he added. “It is very difficult to face Spain’s ball possession with eleven players, so you can just imagine with 10. I think the lads did what they had to do, we needed some fresh legs and I made several substitutions which helped us in the second half.”
Luis Enrique, Spain coach: “The game played out beautifully for us but that was a match of two rivals going at it hammer and tongs with their best strengths on show. My team looked dangerous throughout, we pressed well and I’m pretty happy. With only a session-and-a-half of training behind us, this wasn’t easy but the players’ attitude was sensational.”
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