Italy stormed into the finals of the Euro 2020 on Tuesday (July 6) sending fans into a frenzy after edging Spain 4-2 on penalties following a compelling 1-1 draw after extra time on Tuesday (July 6), completing a remarkable revival after failing to qualify for the last World Cup.
“We are in paradise. In paradise!” said Mario Storti as he left Wembley.
“I am super excited. It was beautiful. Spain made Italy suffer but they have given us a dream. A dream that we will live here in Wembley on Sunday,” said a man identified as Cristiano.
Jorginho coolly rolled the decisive kick past Spain keeper Unai Simon in the semi-final at Wembley after Alvaro Morata had been thwarted by a fine save from Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma and Dani Olmo had blasted his effort over the bar.
Italy’s substitutes and coaching staff poured on to the pitch celebrate in front of their jubilant supporters behind the goal after Jorginho’s kick booked their place in Sunday’s final against either England or Denmark.
Roberto Mancini’s side took the lead on the hour through a sensational curler from Federico Chiesa to complete a sweeping counter-attack which began with keeper Donnarumma catching a Spain cross and rolling the ball out.
Italy avenged their shootout defeat to Spain in the Euro 2008 quarter-finals and their resounding defeat in the Euro 2012 final, and completed a second straight European Championship victory over the Spaniards after their 2-0 win in the last 16 at Euro 2016.
Italy will face the winner of Wednesday’s (July 7) second semi-final between England and Denmark.
(Production: Ben Makori, Will Russell)