Spain beats Italy in a slow semi-final and is in the final of the Nations League for the second time in a row


Spain has qualified for the final of the Nations League for the second time in a row. In an exciting, but unattractive semi-final, Italy beat Italy 2-1 on Thursday evening.

Jonas Withouck

A striking name in the base in Spain: Rodri. The only goal scorer of the Champions League final was on the field for 90 minutes just five days (and a lot of festivities) later. That’s called being a professional through and through. In the second half against Italy, he was even responsible for the winning goal.

The game started with a terribly nonchalant action by Italy goalkeeper Gigi Donnarumma. Yéremi Pino, 20-year-old flank attacker from Villarreal, accepted the gift with pleasure and put the Spaniards ahead after three minutes. Less than ten minutes later, the Italians received another present. From the referee. He gave the azzurri a penalty for a shot ball – a hard volley from Zaniolo that didn’t even go on goal. Immobile didn’t miss, 1-1.

Furthermore, the semi-final was a typical end-of-season match. Spain wanted to increase the pace somewhat, but it was impossible to really push through. In minute 88 the winning goal came through Joselu who quickly reacted to a deviated shot from… Rodri. Spain will play the final against Croatia on Sunday evening at 8.45 pm in De Kuip in Rotterdam.




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