Mancini's Italy keeps going forward in the Euro 2020

Fri 02 July 2021 | 21:02

Roberto Mancini's men defeat Belgium to see themselves in the semi-finals.

Roberto Mancini’s men faced


in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals at Allianz Arena, where they started the match with dominance over the opponents' midfielders, and the game started in a manner that all the fans would expect to have as both sides were trying to dictate their preferred pace.

The first scoring chances of the game belonged to Belgium when Donnarumma stoped De Bruyne’s shot from over the box in the 20th-minute; then


took control of the game until the 31st minute of the game when Barella found the net using Belgium’s poor defensive clearance.

After taking the lead, Italy managed to keep control of the game, and they even had a few chances to double the lead, but their efforts remain unrewarded until the 44th minute when Lorenzo Insigne scores an amazing goal from outside the box after getting past two defenders to double the lead and make the opposition’s job even harder to return to the game.

Belgium played with all they had after conceding the second one, and it didn’t take long until they were rewarded with a penalty kick for Di Lorenzo’s foul in the box, so Lukaku reduced the margin from the penalty spot in the 47th minute of the game to give Martinez’s men hope just before the end of the first half.

At the beginning of the second half, both teams seemed determined to control the pace of the game, and the battle has been at its highest level, with Italy having the upper hand as they try to score the third goal.

After ten minutes from the beginning of the second half, Belgium took the momentum, and by keeping the ball in their midfield, they tried to open the opposition’s defense to create chances, but it seems like Italy’s defensive line has been prepared for such situations, but Belgium kept getting forward as they got closer to the elimination, and they started making serious chances as Lukaku missed the first one in the 61st minute.

Belgium kept getting more aggressive, and Italian players who seemed confident about winning the game were just waiting for the chance to damage the opposition on the counter-attacks.

Martinez decided to send Chadli in, and he even created a chance just after entering, but a few minutes later, he limped off the pitch, and Dennis Praet took his place to make everything even harder for the losing side.

In the last fifteen minutes of the game, Italy seemed even more comfortable in defense and more dangerous in the counter-attacks as Belgians were left with no other choice than to attack with all their power.

Belgium’s domination on the position kept growing in the last ten minutes of the game, and Italy started to defend with more players in their half to take the space away from Belgium’s high-quality midfielders.

In the last five minutes of the game, Italy tried to regain the position of the ball in the midfield to prevent any surprises in the remaining of the game, and Belgium seemed too desperate to break Italy’s well-formed defense.

source: SportMob

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