Magic Nights. After Rome and London, also in Munich: Mancini’s Italy beats Belgium 2-1 at the top of the Fifa ranking in the second quarter-final of Euro 2020 and wins the semifinal, where he will find Spain, constant rival of the last twenty years of football. It all happens in the first half: to the blue goals of Barella (31 ‘) and Insigne (44’), responds to the much discussed penalty converted at the end of the first 45 minutes by Lukaku. Night of great party, but there are also some discordant notes: Spinazzola’s injury who, in the second half, tears on a shot. A circumstance that almost certainly involves the end of his European adventure.
Bowing is good
The game, which began with the anti-racism genuflection of the Black Lives Matter which this time Italy did not escape, saw the red devils try to impose their whole personality with the blues who responded in return. And, when they found the right openings, they hurt. After Lukaku’s offensive gusts a few minutes from the start, the first real thrill is at 12 ‘, when Bonucci, taking advantage of a free kick beaten by Insigne, momentarily brings Mancini’s men forward. The check to the Var, however, identifies an offside by Chiellini which makes the advantage useless.
Donnarumma on a day of grace
At 21 ‘a miracle by Donnarumma who deflects a great blow from the edge of De Bruyne’s penalty area for a corner. Still on 25 ‘the blue goalkeeper is forced to repeat himself on a sharp diagonal by Lukaku. The advantage brought the signature of Barella who on 31 ‘, on a percussion born from a mistake by the Belgian rearguard, overtook Courtois. The encore is a round shot, a specialty of Insigne’s house (44 ‘). All done? Not at all: some bad thoughts give us a penalty granted in the recovery for a foul by Di Lorenzo on Doku not exactly very clear. From the spot we know that Lukaku is a sentence, but there is no room for devils in blue dreams.
The second half is less beautiful, more nervous, full of shivers but still sees the blues consolidate their advantage. At 60 ‘Spinazzola saves on the line after Lukaku’s conclusion. Five minutes later a volley from the Roma full-back, launched by a very inspired Insigne, misses the target. Not exactly a lucky day for him, if we consider that in the 75th minute he will come out after a sprint on the wing, due to muscle problems. A tear is feared. Belgium believes in a draw and in the 70th minute, once again, they go very close with the usual Lukaku who practically does not nock the ball with the goal unguarded. For those who have not understood: it is the evening of Italy. Another magical night of this so far flawless Euro 2020. At this point, anything can happen. As Marcello Lippi said after the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Germany.