Italy arrange a Euro 2020 semi-final conflict with Spain by beating Belgium 2-1 on Friday night.
Roberto Mancini’s males had a 2-Zero lead inside 44 minutes because of objectives from Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne.
Romelu Lukaku pulled one again for Belgium in first-half stoppage time, however Italy ended up extending their unbeaten run to a whopping 32 matches.
The Azzurri additionally set a brand new document for the longest European Championship successful run (14), which incorporates each qualifying and event matches.
Leonardo Bonucci thought he had given Italy a 13th-minute lead when he prodded dwelling a free-kick from close-range.
Nevertheless, VAR dominated the objective out because the Juventus defender was adjudged to be offside when the onrushing Giovanni Di Lorenzo diverted the ball into his teammate’s path.
That scare woke Belgium up as Kevin De Bruyne and Lukaku got here near opening the scoring in fast succession.
De Bruyne was allowed to run with the ball for about 30 yards earlier than unleashing a fierce left-footed drive, which was saved by a robust proper hand from Gianluigi Donnarumma within the 22nd minute.
And the Italy No.1 needed to be at his greatest moments later when he acquired down low to disclaim Lukaku.
These missed probabilities got here again to hang-out Belgium as Italy took the lead towards the run of play.
Youri Tielemans misplaced possession on the sting of his field to Marco Verratti, who performed in Barella.
The Inter Milan midfielder dropped his shoulder earlier than firing previous Thibaut Courtois within the 31st minute.
Italy regarded the extra probably crew to attain subsequent as Federico Chiesa curled a shot simply previous the publish.
And when it regarded like Italy could be going into the break with a 1-Zero benefit, a little bit of magic from Insigne doubled his facet’s lead.
The Napoli winger was not closed down when he lower inside on to his proper foot and curled in an unstoppable strike from 25 yards a minute earlier than half-time.
There was extra drama to return when Di Lorenzo’s push on Jeremy Doku contained in the field gave Belgium a lifeline in first-half injury-time.
Lukaku stepped up and slotted the ball previous Donnarumma to attain his fourth objective at Euro 2020.
The second-half was performed at a a lot slower tempo than the primary 45 minutes.
Lukaku missed a golden likelihood to carry Belgium stage on the hour mark.
Doku performed De Bruyne down the left wing and the Man City playmaker opted to sq. the ball to Lukaku, whose scuffed shot was cleared off the road by Leonardo Spinazzola.
Spinazzola’s night ended prematurely, although, because the Roma full-back left the pitch in tears on a stretcher after struggling an damage.
Belgium did not create any extra significant alternatives as Italy noticed the sport out in Germany.