27 June 2016
Italy sent Spain out of the Euro 2016 championship on Monday after they condemned them to a 2 – 0 defeat in their round of 16 clash.
In the match that was keenly contested, the Italians proved they were the better side tactically as they kept the Spaniards tamed throughout the game. Italy made a bluff of everything Italy threw at them.
Italy went a goal up in the 33rd minute when Juventus defender, Chiellini scored from close range after Spanish goalkeeper, De Gea pushed Eder’s free-kick into his path right inside the six yard box.
When Italy looked contented to see the game out at 1 – 0, a swift counter attack by the Italians in the 92nd minute put Southampton striker, Graziano Pelle through on goal and he made no mistake from his volley that rattled the back of the net.
Spain looked slow in the fight half and didn’t make good use of the ball despite seeing enough of it. The Italians made sure to capitalise on this as they caused them a lot of troubles from the wings.
In the second half however, Spain stepped up the tempo of their game and were rewarded with ample chances which they refused to convert.
Barcelona defender, Pique had Spain’s best chance of the game in the 82nd minute when he saw his close range effort blocked by Italian goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, 38.
With Spain knocked out, Italy will now face Germany in the quarter finals.