Federico Chiesa and Matteo Pessina scored in extra time to help Italy to a 2-1 victory over Austria at Euro 2020. the Italians produced some scintillating football in the group stage but could not break down a stubborn Austrian defense. Austria did manage to pull a goal back in the 105th minute through Sasa Kalajdzic. Michael Gregorich shot narrowly wide in the dying minutes of the game. All the Italian fans breathed a huge sigh of relief.
The Italians dominated the majority of the game but could not put their chances away. Ciro immobile and Lorenzo Insigne had the best opportunities but could not put the ball at the back of the net. Italy will now face the winner of the match between Belgium and Portugal.
Belgium: Courtois (8), Alderweireld (7), Vermaelen (8), Vertonghen (7), Meunier (7), Witsel (7), Tielemans (7), T Hazard (8), De Bruyne (6), E Hazard (8), Lukaku (6).
Subs used: Mertens (6), Dendoncker (6), Carrasco (6).
Portugal: Patricio (6), Dalot (6), Pepe (6), Dias (6), Guerreiro (7), Palhinha (6), Moutinho (6), Sanches (8), B Silva (7), Ronaldo (7), Jota (5).
Subs used: Fernandes (7), Felix (6), Silva (6), Danilo (6).
Man of the match: Thorgan Hazard
Italy boss Roberto Mancini: “We knew we had to suffer because Austria are the typical side who do not allow to play well. The substitutes made the difference for us, but everybody gave their best tonight. I’m happy because the lads gave everything to win even when we were tired.”
Austria head coach Franco Foda: “We are all disappointed, of course. But the whole of Austria can be proud of this team. At the start, we wanted to attack high, but Italy was too strong and was able to play their way through our press. I have never received so many compliments from an opponent.”