Spain has booked a place in the final of the UEFA Nations League as they ended Italy’s 37 games unbeaten run. They defeated Euro 2020 champions Italy in the semi-final at the San Siro Stadium on Wednesday. It was perfect revenge for the Spaniards after losing to the Azzurri’s in the Euro semis via penalty.
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Spain took the lead from the first half of the game through Mikel Oyarzabal’s magnificent early cross, which found Torres peeling off his man’s back to steer home via the far post in the first 17 minutes of the game. However, Bonucci was in trouble himself soon after. Having already been needlessly booked for dissent, he led with an elbow in an aerial duel with Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets and was shown a second yellow card and sent out to reduce the Italians to 10-men.
Roberto Mancini opted against making an immediate change to restore his backline to the full complement instead of trying to get through to half-time. He suffered another loss as Oyarzabal and Torres combined again in stoppage time, the latter heading in from a lovely, cushioned cross.
The Italian, not willing to give up, had one shot in the second half when Chiesa ran from his half after Spain committed men forward and unselfishly squared for substitute Pellegrini to score their only goal. They will face the losers of Thursday’s game between Belgium and France at Juventus’ stadium in Sunday’s third-place play-off at the same venue.