Italy deserves to be in the semifinals: it has been unbeaten for three years, always plays well and offers great football in flashes. I quote one action above all: the passage of Insigne for Spinazzola that fits in, kicks on the fly and misses the door by very little. Spinazzola is the sore point of the evening: before the game I had indicated him, Donnarumma and Jorginho as irreplaceable elements, this injury was not really needed. Belgium started better, and two counterattacks showed Donnarumma’s strength, who kept us 0-0 in the first 20 ‘. Then the dribble and the verticalizations of Italy put the stamp on the performance of the goalkeeper.
The first goal is really a classic of the team that plays high and presses Belgium: then Barella makes an amazing change of pace that gives Courtois no escape. But I particularly liked Insigne’s second goal, a true masterpiece that right-footed shot: it came at the best moment of Italy. For the rest, Chiesa was good at waiting for his chances but we made the game on the left. The dubious rigor (even if Di Lorenzo commits a naivete and the push he gives) has however allowed us to enhance the ability of the Azzurri to suffer in the second half.
The only flaw, the lack of a star in attack. Obviously I do not blame Immobile, he tried to lend a hand even if not very happy in the evening. To reach great victories you need a very strong backbone: Donnarumma, Bonucci, Chiellini and Jorginho were exceptional, the attack was missing but it went well all the same. Now Spain will be a good match: they dribble too, like us in attack they don’t have the champion. Unlike us, they have struggled much more (including the fourth with Switzerland) to get far.