Former Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata went from hero to zero after rescuing extra time for Spain before missing a penalty in the shoot-out as Italy booked their place in the Euro 2020 final.
The Juventus forward canceled out Federico Chiesa’s super 60th minute curler in the 80th minute following an easy one-two with Dani Olmo. After a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes, the two teams had to decide the contest through the penalty shootout.
Italy’s Manuel Locatelli missed the first spot kick for Italy before Dani Olmo missed from the 12 yards too. Goals from Andea Belotti and Leonardo Bonucci were canceled by Gerard Moreno and Thiago Alcantara before Federico Bernadeschi gave the Italians the lead.
Alvaro Morata’s penalty was saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma, paving the way for Jorginho to convert the winning spot-kick in a 4-2 shoot-out triumph, as Italy extended their unbeaten run to 33 games to set up a clash with either England or Denmark in Sunday’s final at the same ground.
This was the ninth time Italy have gone to extra time at the Euros, more than any other team, while Spain equaled the record for extra time appearances at a single edition of the competition (three – level with Portugal in 2016).