Italy beat Austria 2-1 after extra time to reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2020. Roberto Mancini’s sides have now gone 31 games without defeat in all competitions. The Azzurri are a new national record unbeaten run of 31 games unbeaten following this victory. Italy will face holders Germany in the last eight, who beat Wales 1-0 on Saturday.
Italy manager Roberto Mancini’s side lost 1- to Austria in the last of the World Cup. Italy were not flowing and there was a period when they were ragged that will give encouragement to any team containing quality on the scale of Belgium or Portugal.
The traditional Italian mix of quality and durability kicked in as they fought back from – down to reach the quarter-finals.
Italy boss Roberto Mancini brought on Matteo Pessina and Federico Chiesa after 67 minutes to change the course of the game. The pair came up with the goals in the last six minutes of normal time to earn a – draw for Italy at Stadio Olimpico. It was the first time since Euro that Italy had not conceded an away goal in a major tournament match.
“WE DIDN’T SEE A WAY BACK FOR AUSTRIA AT HALF-TIME IN EXTRA TIME BUT TO THEIR CREDIT THEY CAME BACK AND MADE IT A VERY NERVY ENDING FOR THE ITALIANS BUT THE CHANGES THE ITALIANS MADE WON THE GAME FOR THEM IN THE END.”
And Danny Murphy, who was analysing the game for BBC Sport, added: “Sometimes in tournament football it doesn’t have to be the best performance. You just have to get over the line any which way you can and the Italians have done it.”
Italy beat Austria 1-0 to progress to the quarter-finals of the Euro 2020 football tournament. Sasa Kalajdzic’s late header secured victory for Italy who had not conceded a single goal in their last 16 match against Austria. Italy will now face Germany in the last eight, where they are favourites to reach the final.
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