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Pedri keeps rolling with game 66 of his season in Spain’s Olympics opener | Suzanne Wrack

Barcelona did not want the 18-year-old to travel to Japan but Spain did and he almost turned draw with Egypt into a winWhen Pedri stumbled through a challenge and swept inside to tee up Dani Ceballos, who crashed a long-range effort off the crossbar, w…

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Euro 2020: 24 fans from 24 countries review the tournament

Fans in Italy are overjoyed; fans in England are proud; and fans in Turkey are not happyThe Azzurri inspired the world with that special Italian sprezzatura, a dogged work ethic and a confident swagger. They established a new generation of players whil…

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Euro 2020 team of the tournament: from Donnarumma to Sterling

An all-England and Italy backline but an 18-year-old midfielder shines and big-name strikers fail to grab centre-forward spotConfirmed his status as the one of the world’s best goalkeepers with a brilliant performance in the final that earned him Uefa’…

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Spain’s Euro 2020 pain softened by Pedri’s emergence as Iniesta’s heir

A year ago the 18-year-old was playing the second division – now he is ‘the present and future of the national team’There was a moment 101 minutes into the wet, wild Wembley night in which Spain lost a place in the final but found a future when Pedri G…

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Spain’s Euro 2020 pain softened by Pedri’s emergence as Iniesta’s heir

A year ago the 18-year-old was playing the second division – now he is ‘the present and future of the national team’There was a moment 101 minutes into the wet, wild Wembley night in which Spain lost a place in the final but found a future when Pedri G…

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Euro 2020: England v Denmark buildup as Italy celebrate final spot – live!

Updates before the second semi-final at WembleyKane says England must grab chance to play in home finalGet in touch! Email Will, tweet him or comment BTL 8.58am BST Coming in your ears. Related: Italy on the spot to book their place in the final – Euro…

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‘No one believed we could do it’: Mancini delights in Italy’s Euro 2020 final place

Italy head coach admits side ‘had to suffer’ against SpainSpain’s Luis Enrique has ‘no complaints’ over shootout lossRoberto Mancini believes Italy have proved their doubters wrong by reaching the final of Euro 2020. “Almost no one believed we could do…

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Álvaro Morata wins hearts for Spain but falls short in cruel penalty twist | Sid Lowe

The striker scored the goal that sent this semi-final into extra time – but there was heartbreak to come in the shootoutAlvaro Morata once likened facing Giorgio Chiellini to trying to take a banana off a gorilla in a cage. Here, it looked like he had …

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Italy suffer for shootout win in emotional and authentic tournament tussle | Barney Ronay

Italy were on the back foot for most of semi-final but Roberto Mancini’s tinkering had the necessary impact against SpainThat train just keeps on running. On a gripping night under the gloom of high-summer London skies it looked for a while as though R…

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Italy 1-1 Spain (4-2 on pens): player ratings from the Euro 2020 semi-final

Federico Chiesa and Giorgio Chiellini were outstanding for Italy while Dani Olmo impressed until his penaltyGianluigi Donnarumma (GK) One penalty save was enough in the end, from Morata, to put Italy in control of the shootout. Erratic with his feet on…

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Italy 1-1 Spain (4-2 on pens): player ratings from the Euro 2020 semi-final

Federico Chiesa and Giorgio Chiellini were outstanding for Italy while Dani Olmo impressed until his penaltyGianluigi Donnarumma (GK) One penalty save was enough in the end, from Morata, to put Italy in control of the shootout. Erratic with his feet on…

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Italy into Euro 2020 final after Jorginho penalty settles shootout against Spain

In the end, it all came down to one kick. One kick from Jorginho, for everything. Earlier misses by Dani Olmo and Álvaro Morata had put Italy in prime position to qualify for Sunday’s final against England or Denmark. With a calmness belying the enormi…

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Italy v Spain: Euro 2020 semi-final – live!

Live updates from the 8pm BST kick-off at WembleyOver to you: how to support our sports coverageGet in touch! Email Scott with your thoughts 5.30pm BST If it’s Italy versus Spain, or Spain versus Italy, it must be the European Championships. And here w…

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Italy v Spain: Euro 2020 semi-final – live!

Live updates from the 8pm BST kick-off at WembleyOver to you: how to support our sports coverageGet in touch! Email Scott with your thoughts 5.30pm BST If it’s Italy versus Spain, or Spain versus Italy, it must be the European Championships. And here w…

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Euro 2020: previews and predictions for the semi-finals

Team news and tactical breakdowns for the Italy v Spain and England v Denmark matchesBy Ben McAleer for WhoScoredItaly held firm against Belgium in the quarter-finals, winning 2-1 in Munich to reach the last four, but their victory came at a cost. Leon…

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Spain manager Luis Enrique has a long and bloody history with Italy

The last time Enrique faced Italy at a tournament he had his nose broken in defeat, but he says revenge is not on his mindBy Emmet Gates for The Gentleman UltraSpain and Italy have history. Not only have the teams met five times in the last four Europe…

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Spain manager Luis Enrique has a long and bloody history with Italy

The last time Enrique faced Italy at a tournament he had his nose broken in defeat, but he says revenge is not on his mindBy Emmet Gates for The Gentleman UltraSpain and Italy have history. Not only have the teams met five times in the last four Europe…

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Mancini’s Italy plot to overtake Spain after following in rival’s footsteps | Nicky Bandini

A dynamic Azzurri side learned from all-conquering Spanish dominance but have put their own spin on it to find successThe article in Gazzetta dello Sport was only laying out the facts, but it read like an audible groan. “Spain again,” ran the opening l…

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Reign for Spain? What statistics tell us about Euro 2020’s semi-finalists

We examine key metrics in the hunt for clues before first Italy and Spain, then England and Denmark, do battle at WembleyA glance at some of the key numbers for the Euro 2020 semi-finalists suggests Spain are the most accomplished team in the tournamen…

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Reign for Spain? What statistics tell us about Euro 2020’s semi-finalists

We examine key metrics in the hunt for clues before first Italy and Spain, then England and Denmark, do battle at WembleyA glance at some of the key numbers for the Euro 2020 semi-finalists suggests Spain are the most accomplished team in the tournamen…