Spain did nearly all the pieces they wished towards Italy. They suffocated Jorginho out of the sport, denying all routes to him from the protection and protecting Italy’s assault at bay by way of a fairly aggressive excessive press. They stored the ball for a lot of the sport, and didn’t try this normal Spanish factor of simply protecting the ball to maintain the ball. They’d some thrust and verve. Each time Italy tried to press them, they have been capable of go by way of it in a approach that Italy couldn’t on them. However of their 16 photographs, they solely managed to get 4 on the right track, the identical quantity Italy did with solely seven complete photographs. It was thought Spain’s ahead line would flip the final a part of any transfer — and crucial one which is the end — into an open mic comedy act. And for many of Tuesday’s semifinal match, they did.
After they didn’t have the time to arrange their press, Spain was weak, which Italy exploited with simply two passes to attain their solely objective:
Nonetheless, this Spain staff is extra harmful than the previous couple of iterations as a result of it may additionally go straight up the sphere when required — and Italy’s weak spot is that the midfield can get plodding and defensively wayward. Dani Olmo and Alvaro Morata put that on a chalkboard:
However that is Morata, which suggests he’s going to show into Morata earlier than too lengthy, and that got here too quickly for Spain within the penalty shootout, when he had his check fart of a penalty saved — Spain thereby dropping 4-2 in penalty kicks after each groups performed to a 1-1 tie. Spain seems poised to be a scary out in tournaments to return, particularly Pedri, however Italy is the scary out on this one. It’s just one step from not being out in any respect, as it can meet England or Denmark — who play at present within the match’s second semifinal — for the Euro Cup title on Sunday.