Italy 1-2 Spain: La Roja end Azzurri’s unbeaten run to storm Nations League final – Futaa

Spain booked a place in the UEFA Nations League final after a 2-1 win over 10-man Italy at the San Siro on Wednesday night. 

Manchester City forward Ferran Torres scored a first-half brace, which set the La Roja on their way to the final before Lorenzo Pellegrini grabbed a consolation late on. 

Luis Enrique’s side had their work cut out though in the first half after Leonardo Bounucci was sent off when he was shown a second yellow card. 

The win also brought an end to Italy’s 37 unbeaten run, which dates back to 2018. 

La Roja will now wait for the winner between France and Belgium, who face off on Thursday night at the Allianz Stadium. 

The match got off to a lightning start with both teams testing each other in the middle of the park. 

Federico Chiesa tested Unai Simon in goal with a shot from the edge of the box inside the opening three minutes as the hosts looked to get the early goal. 

The lively Mikel Oyarzabal then came close to opening the scores in the 13th minute after he received a neat pass inside the box and instantly thumped the ball goalward, but a defender made a last-ditch block to deny him.

It was in the back of the net four minutes later though as Oyarzabal found Torres with a delicious pass from deep inside the box, and the striker beat Gigi Donnarumma in goal. 

Marcos Alonso then tested the PSG keeper with a ferocious shot, which the towering keeper fumbled with and was cleared by Bonucci after hitting the post. 

Italy could have equalised in the 36th minute after Eermson found Lorenzo Insigne with a neat pass, but the forward but his powerful shot skims just past the right post. 

The match’s turning point then came on the stroke of half-time as Bonucci was shown a second yellow card, leaving the Azzurri with a mountain to climb. 

It did not take long for Spain to take advantage of their numerical advantage as Torres scored his and Spain’s second of the night after getting to the end of yet another Oyarzabal cross. 

Spain’s dominance continued in the second half as they kept Italy at arm’s length, while also creating a number of chances to extend their lead. 

Villarreal‘s Pino, Oyarzabal, and Gavi, making his debut, ran rings around the Italian midfield, and were at the heart of all Spain’s attacks. 

Despite their efforts to retrieve the match, Italy could not find a way past a formidable Spanish side that had the numerical advantage. 

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