Italy had substitutes Federico Chiesa and Matteo Pessina to thank as Roberto Mancini’s males gained their 12th consecutive recreation to succeed in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals with a 2-1 extra-time victory over Austria.
Juventus winger Chiesa picked the ball up on the correct earlier than reducing inside and firing an excellent left-footed drive past Daniel Bachmann on 95 minutes.
And 10 minutes later the competition was all however over when Austria fail to clear a Lorenzo Insigne cross and the ball fell to Pessina, who checked to his left earlier than smashing it previous Bachmann.
To Austria’s credit score they by no means gave up and went shut on a number of events to lowering the deficit earlier than Sasa Kalajdzic’s good header arrange a nervy end.
The Italians had been unable to interrupt down Austria within the opening 45 minutes, failing to make any notable makes an attempt on course.
And so they had VAR to thank on 66 minutes, after Marko Arnatovic’s header was dominated out for a slender offside.
Stefan Lainer clipped the ball throughout subject to David Alaba and he leaped into the air to go it again over.
The previous West Ham striker got here in on the again put up and expertly headed the ball off the underside of the bar to spark what proved to be a short-lived spell of delirium within the Austria finish.
Matt Holland, overlaying the sport as a co-commentator for talkSPORT, believes the Italians underestimated Franco Foda’s males.
“I don’t suppose Italy anticipated Austria to be nearly as good as they had been or to have as a lot vitality, dedication and want as they did,” Holland stated.
“I assumed Italy performed fairly nicely. Verratti and Jorginho began to dominate, they had been fairly good within the first-half.
“Austria within the second-half discovered one other gear, one other two gears, three gears! The vitality they confirmed in that second-half was excellent.
“The subs made the distinction, the 2 objectives scored had been from substitutes. The power of the squad confirmed in the present day and that’s been the distinction between the 2 sides.”