The Italian national team reached the quarter-finals of the European Football Championship (Euro 2020) after achieving a difficult victory against its Austrian counterpart, defeating it 2-1 today, Saturday, at Wembley Stadium, in a match that lasted for overtime, in the round of 16 competitions of the tournament.
The original time of the match ended in a goalless draw, then the Italian team advanced in extra time with two goals scored by substitutes Federico Chiesa and Matteo Pesina in the 95th and 105th minutes, and the Austrian team responded with a goal scored by Sasa Kaladzic in the 114th minute.
The Italian national team will play its quarter-final match on Friday at the “Allianz Arena” in Munich, against the winner of the round of 16 match that brings together the Belgian and Portuguese teams tomorrow, Sunday, at the “La Cartuja” stadium in Seville, Spain.
The match was largely equal between the Italian and Austrian teams, as the Italian team imposed its superiority in terms of possession and offensive pressure during the first half, but it missed several opportunities in light of the lack of accuracy and speed required in the final touches.
In the second half, the Austrian team excelled something on the offensive side, and its danger was greatly represented in the quick counter-attacks and managed to score through Marko Arnautovic, but the goal was canceled due to offside, and all attempts of the two teams failed, so the original time ended in a goalless draw.
In the extra time, the Italian team imposed its superiority at the beginning and advanced with the goals of substitutes Chiesa and Pesina, knowing that Austrian goalkeeper Matteo Pesina excelled in saving more than another dangerous ball, and the Austrian team held on to hope and responded with Kaladzic’s goal, but it was not enough to avoid defeat.
The Italian team broke its previous record, which was achieved by goalkeeper Dino Zoff, who kept a clean sheet for 1,143 minutes between 1972 and 1974.
The Italian national team succeeded in breaking this record after a goalless draw during the original time of its match against Austria in the round of 16 of the European Nations Cup (Euro 2020) and the extension of the match for extra time.
The Azzurri entered their match against Austria at Wimbledon without conceding goals in 1055 minutes, and therefore needed another 88 minutes to break the record of the previous generation of the team led by goalkeeper Zoff.
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