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Spain beat Italy 2-1 in the Nations League semi-finals

Spain beat Italy 2-1 in the Nations League semi-finals

Spain beat Italy 2-1 in the Nations League and will then have to measure themselves against Croatia.

In the semi-finals of UEFA Nations League There was a duel between football giants Spain vs Italy. Furia Roja defeated Squadra Azzurra at FC Twente in Enschede.

With a golden goal in the final

As in 2021, Spain has reached the final of the Football Nations League. Coach Luis de la Fuente’s team beat Italy 2-1 (1-1) in the last tournament in Enschede on Thursday. Joselu polished the most dominant second half of “Furia Roja” with a gold goal (88). In the final on Sunday (8.45pm) Croatia awaits, after beating hosts Netherlands 4-2 after extra time on Wednesday.

Two years ago, Spain also reached the final of what was then the second edition of the Nations League by beating Italy 2-1 and then losing it 2-1 to France. On Sunday – almost a year before the European Championships in Germany – there is another chance to win the title. Before that they play Netherlands vs Italy for third place (3 p.m.).

Three minutes into the first goal

Villarreal’s Jeremi Pino took advantage after just three minutes A huge mistake by Italy’s old defensive Leonardo Bonucci to make it 1-0. But Squadra didn’t let the early shock show. Ciro Immobile safely converted a penalty kick after a handball by debutant Robin Le Normand equalized (11′). The supposed turnaround in favor of the European champions was not counted, but David Frattisi’s offside goal (22 minutes) confirmed an entertaining first half between the heavyweights. They each competed with two Champions League finalists (Barella, Acerbe and Rodri, Laporte).

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Spain stormed out of the dressing room again, and Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma held on to a 1-1 draw against Mikel Merino (48), but lost a little later with an accidental free kick. And Rodri of Manchester City, who won the title, barely benefited from this (52nd). At the other end, Frattisi suddenly got a chance, perhaps after a mistake, which was rare in the second half and which was crushed by Unai Simon in the Spanish goal (65).

As a result, fans often saw typical Iberian ball relays in Enschede. However, Italy changed ranks aggressively as usual and were dangerous on the counter-attack. a The table tennis goal brought the decisionRodri’s shot in an ambush was saved by two Italians and substitute Joselo crossed it four minutes earlier. Inter Milan player Francesco Acerbi was suspended for offside.