Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma admits he was in relief after Marko Arnautovic’s goal for Austria was ruled out by VAR, but conceding at the end can help his side progress in Euro 2020.
survived a huge scare against
to reach the quarterfinals of Euro 2020 with substitutes
scoring extra-time goals to earn a 2-1 win at Wembley on Saturday.
“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. We did well to keep everything tight, keep pushing and score the goal to break the deadlock and it was easier from there,”
Donnarumma told RAI Sport
“It’s true we conceded at the end, but ultimately that might help us going forward.”
The Azzurri broke the all-time record for clean sheets before the late
looked to have headed Austria into the lead in the second half, but the goal was ruled out by VAR for a marginal offside.
“I was worried, then I saw VAR was checking it and I felt absolute joy when they said it was disallowed.”
Wembley was full of Italian supporters, dominating the 22,000 crowd.
“The emotions are extraordinary, we can’t wait until we can play in a packed stadium in front of these fans.”
Italy will face the
match-winner in the Euro 2020 quarter-final but it does not matter for Donnarumma.
“It doesn’t matter who we face, we have to keep playing our football and keep going.”
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