This Friday, Roberto Mancini’s team, who had found it very difficult to pass Austria in the previous round, played with the Belgians an eye-opening game and recovered their best version to win 2-1.
In Munich, the three goals were all scored in a crazy first half. After Leonardo Bonucci had seen a goal disallowed for offside, it was Nicolò Barella (31’), after a poor delivery by Jan Vertonghen, who shot Courtois for the first of the night. Shortly thereafter, Lorenzo Insigne (44’) set the best moment of the night, with a spectacular arcing shot from the edge of the box to seal it 2-0 for the Azzurri.
In added time before the break, the Belgians reacted and, after a penalty from Di Lorenzo on Jérémy Doku, Romelu Lukaku reduced distances. In the second half, Roberto Martínez’s team was on the verge of 2-2 twice, but the Italians, who lost Spinazzola to injury, most likely for the rest of the competition, managed to defend themselves and held their precious advantage until the end.
In the semi-final, Italy will face Spain, next Tuesday, at Wembley.