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Italy book semi-final spot with 2-1 win over Belgium

  • Published at 03:00 am July 3rd, 2021
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Italy's Nicolo Barella scores during their Uefa Euro 2020 quarter final against Belgium in Munich Friday Reuters

Italy will face Spain in the semi-final Tuesday in London

Italy set up a Euro 2020 semi-final clash against Spain after first half goals from Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne led the Azzurri to a 2-1 win over Belgium Friday in an entertaining encounter in which both sides created a number of chances.

Italy - who will face the Spaniards Tuesday in London - opened the scoring in the 31st minute when Barella picked up the ball, forced his way past defenders in the area and fired home.

Insigne doubled the lead in the 44th minute after collecting the ball on the left and skipping beyond a defender before unleashing a long-range shot that flew past Thibaut Courtois.

Romelu Lukaku clawed a goal back for Belgium from the penalty spot just before the break after Giovanni di Lorenzo put an arm on Jeremy Doku and pushed him to the ground.

Spain squeezed past Switzerland 3-1 in a penalty shootout to reach the last four after their battling opponents clung to a 1-1 draw after extra time despite going down to 10 men.

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