Munich, Jul. 4: Italy and Spain are going to meet at football's European Championship for the fourth tournament in a row, and this time a place in the final will be on the line. Italy made it to the semifinals with a 2-1 win over Belgium in Munich, while the Spaniards beat Switzerland 3-1 in a thrilling penalty shootout in St Petersburg.
Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne scored a goal each while Leonardo Spinazzola make a key second-half block to give Italy a 2-1 win over Belgium. “Everyone, myself included, is really playing with a smile on their faces,” said Insigne, whose team extended its national record unbeaten run to 32 games.
Romelu Lukaku kept Belgium in the game with a penalty right before halftime but the Belgians missed further chances to equalise in the second half as Italy's defenders excelled. Barella put Italy in the lead in the 31st minute when Jan Vertonghen failed to properly clear the ball. Marco Verratti passed to Barella, who eluded two Belgium defenders before sending it in off the far post. Insigne got the second in the 44th when he put a curling shot inside the far top corner after skipping past one defender and facing two more. -AP