The Italian national team – after 37 victories, lost to the Spanish national team.
In the first semi-final of the current UEFA Nations League, the Spanish national team defeated the reigning European champion, the national team of Italy, thereby breaking the rival’s protracted streak of 37 unbeaten matches.
The Spaniards sent two goals into the gates of the Italians in the first half of the meeting, which were enough to reach the final of the tournament. Pellegrini’s goal at the close of the match did not decide anything.
Nations League A. 1/2 finals
Italy – Spain – 1: 2 (0: 2)
Goals: Torres, 17 (0:1). Torres, 45 + 2 (0:2). Pellegrini, 83 (1:2).
Italy: Donnarumma, Bonucci, Emerson, Bastogne, Di Lorenzo, Verratti (Locatelli, 59), Jorginho (Pellegrini, 64), Bernardeschi (Chiellini, 46), Barella (Calabria, 72), Chiesa, Insigne (Keene, 58).
Spain: Simon, Azpilicueta, Alonso, Laporte, Pau Torres, Busquets, Coque (Merino, 75), Sarabia (Gil, 75), Torres (Pino, 49), Gavi (Sergi Roberto, 84), Oyarzabal.
Warnings: Bonucci, 30. Azpilicueta, 45. Sarabia, 65. Pino, 71. Locatelli, 82. Oyarzabal, 89.
Removal: Bonucci, 42.
Judge: Karasev (Russia).
October 6. Milan. Stadium “Giuseppe Meazza”.
Highlights in the match
- In the 41st minute, Leonardo Bonucci (Italy) was sent off (second caution).
- Fernando Torres – became the main character of the match, he scored 2 goals for the Italian national team and this was enough to reach the final.
- The Spaniards released young players – and they showed a very good result.
Spain to win match France: Belgium.