EURO 2024: Spain within the spherical of 16 after a gala efficiency – Italy dissatisfied | EUROtoday

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Spain has ready for one more completely dominant efficiency within the soccer traditional in opposition to Italy rewarded with an early group victory. After the 1-0 (0-0) win in Gelsenkirchen in opposition to the weak defending champions, the Iberians are the second group after Germany to achieve the European Championship spherical of 16. The Azzurri, then again, want not less than one level of their final recreation in opposition to Croatia on Monday in Leipzig to safe second place. Spain will then face Albania in Düsseldorf, which additionally nonetheless has an opportunity of progressing.

An personal objective by Riccardo Calafiori (fifty fifth minute) secured the deserved victory for the Spaniards in entrance of 49,528 spectators, who might have determined the sport a lot earlier. The Nations League winner confirmed after the 3-0 in opposition to Croatia as soon as once more put in a convincing efficiency and underlined its title ambitions. In the spherical of 16, Luis de la Fuente's group will face a third-placed group in Cologne on June 30. Italy, then again, was disappointing over the complete 90 minutes.

Donnarumma should save

At the final two European Championships, the Italians had been the final cease for Spain In 2021, the four-time world champions gained the semi-finals on penalties on their option to profitable the title, whereas in 2016 Italy gained within the spherical of 16. The Iberians' need for revenge was accordingly nice.

In entrance of their king Felipe VI, the Spaniards continued their sturdy efficiency in opposition to Croatia within the opening match: They had been dominant, assured on the ball and made quite a few spectacular ahead combos. Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma prevented the group from falling behind early on with a number of sturdy saves. After lower than two minutes, he deflected a header from Pedri over the objective, and in the course of the primary half he parried a long-range shot from Fabián Ruiz. A header from Nico Williams went vast of the objective (10').

Williams and Yamal whirl

There was little signal of the scary Italian defensive energy at first. The defending champions had been unable to get a grip on the vigorous Spanish wingers particularly. The Squadra Azzurra solely managed to get near the Iberians' objective by counterattacking – however with very restricted success. They didn’t create an actual goal-scoring alternative.

The Spanish left winger Williams particularly posed a risk again and again. The 16-year-old Lamine Yamal, who turned the youngest participant in European Championship historical past in opposition to Croatia at 16 years and 338 days, was a whirlwind on the appropriate. It was solely when the Italians labored collectively that they had been in a position to cease their opponents on the final minute – or Donnarumma was there.

Spalletti reacts – with out success

At halftime, the Azzurri might have been two or three objectives behind. Coach Luciano Spalletti saved gesticulating angrily on the sidelines and, shortly earlier than the halftime whistle, unfold his arms nearly in resignation. Even the cheers of the Italian followers, who had been barely within the majority, didn’t assist.

Spalletti reacted and made two substitutions at half-time – however the recreation didn't change a lot. On the opposite: Italy had been not in a position to free themselves from the fixed stress of their opponents. Calafiori's personal objective was the logical consequence. And the Spaniards didn't let up, Williams solely hit the crossbar (70'). At least the Azzurri had been in a position to keep away from a good larger defeat with luck and additional saves from Donnarumma.

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