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- Thanks to its 2-1 rebound after extra time against Austria, Italy moved into the EM quarter-finals.
- Substitutes Federico Chiesa (95th minute) and Matteo Pesina (105) ensured the decision in favor of the favorite at Wembley Stadium in London. Sasa Calajdic 1:2 (114) comes in too late.
- Austria are unlucky to reject Marko Arnautovic’s goal after consulting the VAR for offside.
- Italy will face Belgium or Portugal in the quarter-finals.
It took Italy a long time to rise to the occasion. “Squadra Azzurra” was at 0-0 after 90 minutes in debt and opened in overtime. HOW: Federico Chiesa, playing shortly before the end of normal time, took advantage of a positioning error by Austria captain David Alaba in the 95th minute to make it 1-0.
Before the end of the first half of extra time, Matteo Pessina followed up with a double. He was also replaced by coach Roberto Mancini as the Joker.
Kalajdzic shortens it again
The decision was not made in a game that was balanced for a long time. 6 minutes before the end, “Lucerne” Louis Schaub sent a corner kick to Sasa Kalajdzic, who subtly scored with a header to make it 1:2. But Austria could no longer do more.
Franco Voda’s team can claim to have challenged one of the title contenders in this tournament the most so far. Especially in the second half, the “red, white and red” posed problems for the Italians.
Even Marko Arnautovic was happy about the supposed 1-0 goal for a while after heading the bottom edge of the crossbar in the 65th minute. But referee Anthony Taylor disallowed the goal after consulting the VAR due to a narrow offside.
Before the break, the Swiss opponent was clearly in control. A fun complex match has rarely resulted in great scoring opportunities. With two exceptions:
- 17. Minutes: Nicolo Parilla comes out from the edge of the penalty area, Austria goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann saves with his foot.
- 32. Minutes: Cerro Immobile missed his 60th international goal. His long-range shot hit the crossbar.
Against the Italians, Gianluigi Donnarumma could not only look forward to an important victory, but also to a new world record. Despite defeating him for the first time since October 2020, he actually broke Dino Zoff’s record in 1974 of 1,143 minutes without conceding a goal.
So it continues
Italy will face Belgium or Portugal in the quarter-finals on July 2 in Munich (9:00pm live on SRF Zwei). The discount will be determined on Sunday evening.
SRF Zwei, sportlive, June 26, 2021, 8:30 p.m.; CZ
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