Italy qualified for the final of the European Nations Cup, after beating Spain in a penalty shootout 4-2, after the end of the original and extra time for the match in a 1-1 draw.
Italy scored the first goal in the match, specifically in the 60th minute through Federico Chiesa, before Alvaro Morata equalized the score in favor of Spain in the 80th minute.
In the penalty shootout, the two teams missed their first kick, before the Italian team managed to score four consecutive kicks, while Alvaro Morata missed the fourth kick for Spain, to decide the "Azzurri" penalty shootout in his favor.
Italy will meet in the final match scheduled for Sunday, the winner of the match between England and Denmark at the same stadium on Wednesday.
It is the fourth time that the Italian national team has reached the final after 1968 when it won its only title at the expense of Yugoslavia, before losing the 2000 final against France with the golden goal, and then against Spain in the 2012 final.
The Italian team raised its score to 33 matches without a loss, while the Spanish team, the defending champion 3 times, went out, a record equal with Germany, who fought overtime for the third time in a row in the playoffs of this tournament without losing any match in the original time or additional.
Chiellini makes history
But "La Roja" this time paid the price for the penalty kick that smiled at him in the previous round against Switzerland.
The Spanish team opened the first dangerous attempts in the match when Dani Olmo received a pass from Mikel Oyarzabal inside the penalty area, and Leonardo Bonucci stopped him in the first attempt to pay, but he returned and shot it to the right of Gianluigi Donnarumma, who starred in blocking it (25).
In the 32nd minute, Olmo himself tried his luck with a shot from outside the area, which crossed the crossbar.
The first half witnessed a single dangerous chance on Unai Simon's goal when a pass from Insigne reached Emerson, who was unable to pass Azpilicueta, but his shot hit the right post (45).
This is the second-longest period in which Italy has waited to threaten the opponent's goal since its match against the Netherlands in the same tournament in 2000, when it waited 48 minutes, which is the longest period since the 1980 tournament, according to statistics "Opta".
With his participation in this match, central defender Giorgio Chiellini became the first footballer to play five matches against the same national team in the history of the European Championships.
The Italians waited until the 60th minute of the game to open the scoring when the ball went from Donnarumma in a quick counter-attack that reached Juventus star Chiesa, who shot a great shot with his right and hit the net to the left of Simon, who was satisfied with watching it.
Morata is happy...
The Spanish Faraj came in the 80th minute after he got off his jinx with a beautiful goal against Croatia in the price of the final, Morata, who came in as a substitute for Ferran Torres two minutes after the Italian goal, exchanged the ball with Olmo to single out Donnarumma and hit the ball to his right and equalize for "La Roja".
Morata, known to British fans after holding the Chelsea colors between 2017 and 2019, became the first Spanish player to score with his club and country at Wembley Stadium, and the Spanish player who scored the highest number of goals (6) in the European Championship, surpassing Fernando Torres (5).
After the match ended with a 1-1 draw, the two teams ruled for two additional games.
In the 98th minute, a dangerous opportunity arose for Spain through Olmo, who hit a free-kick that almost deceived Donnarumma, and returned and reached Morata, who collided with the Italian defenses.
Three minutes later, Marcos Llorente fired a deflected shot from Donnarumma, but Bonucci kept it from in front of the empty goal (102).
Substitute Domenico Berardi scored a second goal for the Azzurri in the 110th minute, but the referee canceled it for offside.
Accordingly, the two extra periods ended in a tie as well, so the two teams resorted to penalty kicks.
The Italian team failed in the first kick, which was shot by Manuel Locatelli and was blocked by Simon, and Olmo, who hit Donnarumma's goal, did the same.
Morata missed the fourth blow, and Italy booked the final match, with Jorginho taking the last kick.
Details before the match between Spain and Italy in the European Nations Cup
The ancient Wembley Stadium in the English capital, London, will be the stage for the start of the semi-finals of the European Nations Cup when it will host the match between Spain and Italy.
Spain started its European Nations Cup campaign slowly, before succeeding in seizing second place in Group E with five points, behind Sweden, who topped the group with seven points.
In the round of sixteen, Spain defeated Croatia 5-3 after extra time, after the original time ended with a 3-3 draw. In the quarter-finals, "La Roja" escaped the trap of the dark horse Switzerland, after winning it With a score of 4-1 in a penalty shootout, after the end of the regular and extra time in a 1-1 draw.
As for the Italian team, which has been moving at a steady pace since the start of the tournament, it managed to top Group A with nine points from three victories, and in the round of 16, the Azzurri beat Austria 2-1 after extending additional times after the time expired. The original goal was a goalless draw, and in the quarter-finals, the Italian team managed to achieve what was required in the most difficult test by beating Belgium 2-1.
Spain's official line-up for the European Nations Cup match against Italy
- Goalkeeper: Unai Simon.
- Defense Line: Cesar Azpilicueta - Aymeric Laporte - Eric Garcia - Jordi Alba.
- Midfield: Koke - Sergio Busquets - Pedri.
- Forwards: Ferran Torres - Mikel Oyarzabal - Dani Olmo.
Italy's official line-up for the European Nations Cup match against Spain
- Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Donnarumma.
- Defense Line: Giovanni Di Lorenzo - Giorgio Chiellini - Leonardo Bonucci - Emerson.
- Midfield: Marco Verratti - Jorginho - Niccolo Barella.
- Forwards: Federico Chiesa - Ciro Immobile - Lorenzo Insigne.