Thursday, January 20, 2022

Euro Cup: Spain beat Switzerland and Italy defeat Belgium to enter Semifinals

In Euro Cup Football, Italy keeps its unbeaten record intact knocking out Belgium 2-1 in the quarterfinal in an intense battle at Munich and book a semi-final clash with Spain. For Azzurri, Nicolo Barella wriggled through three defenders before drilling in the opener and Lorenzo Insigne ran from the halfway line before curling in one of the goals of the tournament.

Belgium were given hope late in the first-half when Giovanni di Lorenzo fouled Jeremy Doku and Romelu Lukaku scored the penalty.

Italy have also set a new record for the longest run of victories in the competition, qualifying included. They will face Spain at Wembley on Tuesday for a place in the final.

Earlier, Spain became the first team to progress to the semifinals after beating Switzerland 3-1 on penalties in St. Petersburg. Both teams were tied 1-1 at the end of extra-time. In the penalty shootout, Oyarzabal scored the decisive penalty for Spain after Switzerland missed three penalties through Fabian Schar, Manuel Akanji and Ruben Vargas.

In the remaining quarterfinals, England will take on surprise package Ukraine in Rome, while Czech Republic will be up against Denmark in Baku later tonight.

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