Italy Vs Spain - Detailed Highlights
Minute 3: Preliminary findings
Federico Bernadeschi is the fake nine for Italy, as expected from the lineup, while Ferran Torres, not Pablo Sarabia, appears to be the false nine for Spain. In these early minutes, both teams appear to be trying to figure each other out.
Minute 4: Donnarumma gets booed.
Gianluigi Donnarumma departed AC Milan for Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in the summer, and he is being booed by some Rossoneri fans inside the San Siro tonight.
Minute 5: Chiesa puts Simon to the test.
The current state of affairs Federico Chiesa received the ball 25 yards from goal from Emerson and decided to try his luck, but Unai Simon was able to easily push it away.
Minute 8: Italy is forward-thinking and focused.
Spain held the ball for a good portion of the first half, but once Italy regains possession, they attack aggressively. Given that neither club has a designated No.9, it will be fascinating to see how many goals we get tonight.
Minute 13: Shot by Oyarzabal blocked
Marcos Alonso passed down the line to Sarabia, who pulled it back for Oyarzabal in the area, but Bastoni stepped in front of his shot and blocked it. Chiesa broke away from a couple of players during Italy's counter-attack before being hauled down by Gavi. The referee has issued a warning to the youngster.
MINUTE 17: GOAL FOR SPAIN
Spain has taken the lead in the San Siro thanks to Ferran Torres. Spain's left wing was once again a source of joy, with Marcos Alonso sliding a pass down the side for Oyarzabal, who delivered a superb cross that Ferran volleyed home. Italy defeats Spain 1-0.
Minute 19: Donnarumma fumbles the ball
Donnarumma mishandled Marcos Alonso's shot onto the post, and Bonucci cleared it from under the crossbar and behind for a corner. The booing for Donnarumma, which haven't subsided, may have contributed to his slip of attention there.
Minute 23:Marcos Alonso impresses
Marcos Alonso's inclusion in the Spain squad, let alone the starting lineup, looked odd at first, but he's been fantastic so far tonight. He causes issues for Italy whenever he presses forward.
Minute 27: A rare attack by Italy.
Since Ferran's goal for Spain, Italy has appeared impotent, but they were able to earn a corner from a rare attack. Di Lorenzo immediately dashed to the near post and made solid contact with the cross, but his header went wide.
Minute 33: Marcos Alonso comes to the rescue
After a swift one-two between Chiesa and Verratti, the Juventus striker was rushing down on goal and appeared to be one on one with Unai Simon. Marcos Alonso, on the other hand, cranked up the revs and arrived first, putting an end to any danger.
Minute 34: Bernardeschi comes close to scoring Bernadeschi moved in from the right side of the box, using Chiesa as a decoy, and sent a left-footed effort towards Unai Simon's bottom right corner, but the Spain goalkeeper went down well to save it.
Minute 35: Insigne wastes a chance to equalize
Insigne was found in acres of room in the centre of the box by Chiesa, but his shot went wide of the goal. It appeared to be more difficult to overlook. Italy squandered a huge opportunity.
Minute 41: Bonucci is sent off
After leading with his arm and elbowing Sergio Busquets in the face, Leonardo Bonucci, who was already on a yellow card, was awarded a second yellow card. Italy is now down to ten guys.
Minute 45: Azpilicueta has been scheduled
Cesar Azpilicueta received a yellow card for bodychecking Emerson Palmieri, whom he knows well from their Chelsea days together.
MINUTE 45+1: GOAL FOR SPAIN
After a fantastic Spain move, Ferran Torres has found himself on the scoresheet once more. Sarabia received a cross from Alonso, who cushioned the ball for Oyarzabal, who dinked a cross towards the back post for Ferran to head back across goal and into the net. Italy defeats Spain 2-0.
HALF-TIME: Italy leads 2-0. Spain
Italy is two goals down and a man down at the halftime break, following Leonardo Bonucci's dismissal. Mikel Oyarzabal is causing all sorts of difficulties for the Azzurri's defense, while Ferran Torres has scored both of Spain's goals and looks threatening whenever La Roja go on the offensive. Marcos Alonso has also been outstanding at left-back. Based on their first-half performance, it's difficult to see Italy making a comeback.
Minute 46: Italy re-enters the game.
Italy has started the second half, but first Roberto Mancini has brought on Giorgio Chiellini in place of Federico Bernadeschi to handle Bonucci's dismissal.
Minute 47: Jorginho was fortunate not to be sent off
Jorginho, who is on a yellow card, is fortunate not to have been sent off after colliding with Ferran Torres late in the game and sending the Spain forward flying. On the sidelines, Luis Enrique was understandably irritated.
Minute 49: Spain's first substitution
Ferran Torres has been benched in favor of Villarreal's 18-year-old phenom Yeremi Pino. Ferran's dismissal could be due to his failure to complete the Jorginho challenge.
Minute 53: Spain takes the lead.
Spain is not only 2-0 ahead and a man up, but they are also dominating possession. This might be a long night for Italy if they are not careful.
Minute 58: Italy makes two substitutions.
Roberto Mancini has brought on Moise Kean and Manuel Locatelli in lieu of Lorenzo Insigne and Marco Verratti after seeing his team is being absolutely outplayed.
Minute 61: Optimism for Italy
Chiesa chased down a ball behind Marcos Alonso and unleashed a tremendous drive towards Unai Simon's near post that cannoned off the woodwork, but he was flagged offside. Nonetheless, that move could rekindle Italy's offensive momentum.
Minute 71: Italy is enraged by Yeremi Pino.
After a foul, Manuel Locatelli stopped Yeremi Pino from walking away, and the Italy midfielder and his teammates surrounded Pino as the Spaniard shimmied his leg away. They were obviously attempting to have him sent off, but he had done nothing wrong. Yet, the referee issued him a yellow card.
Minute 72: Mancini withdraws Barella
Nicolo Barella has been replaced by Davide Calabria after Mancini opted to take him off. Given that Di Lorenzo is still on the field, Chiesa will likely play as a right winger, and Moise Kean will form a front two with him.
Minute 75: Spain makes two substitutions.
For Koke and Pablo Sarabia, Mikel Merino and Bryan Gil have made their way onto the pitch.
Minute 78: Oyarzabal's shot is saved
Yeremi Pino sent a great ball from the right side of the field to Oyarzabal, who launched a shot towards goal that Donnarumma saved. After tonight's performance, the Real Sociedad striker deserved a goal.
MINUTE 83: GOAL FOR ITALY!
Italy broke from a Spain corner, and Yeremi Pino attempted to head the ball back to his teammate, but he misread it, allowing Chiesa to score. The Italy forward then moved the ball forward before passing to Lorenzo Pellegrini, who scored from close range. Italy defeats Spain 2-1.
Minute 84: Gavi Withdrawn
Sergi Roberto has been hauled on for the last minutes by Luis Enrique, who has replaced Gavi.
Minute 88: Spain is attempting to extend the game.
Spain is keeping possession of the ball and attempting to keep it within Italy's half in order to prevent the Azzurri from counter-attacking.
Minute 90+2: Di Lorenzo makes a great tackle!
The Tottenham winger found himself with the goal at his mercy after a rapid one-two between Bryan Gil and Oyarzabal, but Di Lorenzo came out of nowhere to make a tackle. Italy's right-back made a fantastic contribution.
FULL TIME: Italy 1-2 Spain
The last minutes of Spain's Nations League semi-final against Italy were tense, but Luis Enrique's side put on a commanding performance overall. They seized the lead 17 minutes in through Ferran Torres and were in command, but their task was made a little easier when Leonardo Bonucci was sent off in the 42nd minute. Ferran got his second five minutes later, right before halftime, to make it 2-0. In the second half, Spain should have added to their tally, but instead Italy scored, with Federico Chiesa teeing up Lorenzo Pellegrini to tap in. Italy's unbeaten streak of 37 games has come to an end.
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