Italy rescued an agonizing draw against Croatia and advanced to the round of 16 of the Euro Cup

Italy rescued an agonizing draw against Croatia and advanced to the round of 16 of the Euro Cup
Italy rescued an agonizing draw against Croatia and advanced to the round of 16 of the Euro Cup

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The meeting they animated Italy and Croatia in it Leipzig Stadium It was one of the most attractive of the Euro Cup. The fact is that the teams that faced each other on the third date of Group B had to settle for second place to see who would accompany Spain to the round of 16. The absolute dominance of the team led by Zlatko Dalic exposed the fear of defeat felt by the Azzurrasince a tie guaranteed the cast of Luciano Spalletti remain as escort of the Iberian team.

The clear possession in favor of the Balkans marked the trend of the show. And before 5 minutes Luka Sucic managed to demand Gianluigi Donnarumma with a violent mid-distance shot that had a net destination. Only because of the remarkable response of the goalkeeper of the PSG The match remained tied. And a few moments later, The Nazionale began to insinuate with counterattacks commanded by Federico Dimarco.

The air route was another resource for Italy to gain an advantage. In the clearest, Alessandro Bastoni won in the opposing area and surprised with a header that deactivated Dominik Livakovic with a memorable save. Both did merit to reach the goal, but they went to half-time with the score in silence.

In addition, the show had a main protagonist: Luka modric. The figure of real Madrid, considered the best footballer in the history of his country, did not deserve to have a dramatic closure in his team. It is that a hand of Davide Frattesi inside the area, forced the intervention of the VAR so that Danny Makkelie will review the action through the monitor. And when the referee analyzed the play, he did not hesitate to award the penalty. From the twelve steps, the virtuoso and experienced midfielder announced his shot with the inside of his right and Donnarumma He became a hero for a few moments.

They say that the most popular sport on the planet always gives revenge. AND Modric he had it in the next scene. It was after a collective combination, in which Before Budimir He could not break the resistance of the Italian goalkeeper, but the legend appealed to his opportunism to capitalize on the rebound and celebrate the coveted goal. 1 to 0. A cry that crossed borders so that divine justice would be present in Germany.

The blow made him react Italy. The Azzurra He knew that third place in the zone did not represent any guarantee for him to advance to the next phase, because his three points fueled more suffering than hope. The physical power of Mateo Reteguialong with the income of Federico Chiesa, Gianluca Scamacca and Mattia Zaccagni They led to Croatia against the ropes. And the closing of the meeting was lived with pure tension.

Therefore, when the fourth referee raised the sign to announce the 8 minutes addedthose of Luciano Spalletti They revived. With much more dedication than good ideas, the defending champion of the competition achieved a heroic qualification to destroy the Croatian dream. Mattia Zaccagni He became the hero when he sealed the 1 to 1 with a great goal that was hung in the farthest corner of Livakovic. A conquest that avoided the mess and renewed the hope of fighting for a new title. To do this, the Italians will have to overcome in the next match Swisswho advanced to the round of 16 as the escort of Germany in it Group A.


Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)

Stadium: Red Bull Arena (Leipzig).



The illusion of Albania It didn’t last long in Duesseldorf Arena. After having shown themselves as a competitive team against Italy and rescue a tie against Croatiathe set of Sylvio Mendes Campos Junior I knew that I needed a feat to reach the round of 16 of the Euro Cupbecause only a victory against him would do Spain. And despite presenting an alternative formation, the Iberian team took less than a quarter of an hour to take the lead.

When the stopwatch Glenn Nyberg I still hadn’t reached 13 minutes, Dani Olmo improvised a magnificent maneuver to supply Ferran Torreswho with a subtle touch to the farthest stick of Thomas Strakosha celebrated the premature 1 to 0.

The slightest difference was enough for The Red confirm your candidacy for the title, since it is (along with Portugal) the only team that achieved the ideal score in the first phase. For AlbaniaOn the other hand, the consolation will lie in the worthy production that he produced throughout the entire continental competition, in an area in which he had to face two world champions and a generation that reached the semifinals in the last two editions of the World Cup.


Referee: Glenn Nyberg (Sweden)

Stadium: Düsseldorf Arena.

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