Fernando Torres scored twice in the 2021 European Union semi-final in San Siro, Milan, Italy, on Wednesday night to help Spain beat Italy, who played one less player, to win 2-1 and advance to the final.
Young Spain beat old Italy to advance to the UEFA final, ending the Blues’ winning streak
The Manchester City striker scored twice with Mikel oyazabar in the first half, giving Spain a two goal advantage at halftime. The penalty departure of Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci also helped them, but the European defending champions showed their quality and saved some face through Lorenzo Pellegrini’s goal, which also made the visiting team nervous at the last moment.
Spain coach Luis Enrique surprised everyone by making the 17-year-old Garvey’s debut for the national team. The young man helped Spain get off to a good start in midfield. When Ferran Torres scored after receiving an accurate left-wing cross from oyarzabal, Spain took the lead 1-0.
A moment later, the score was almost 2-0. Marcos Alonso’s shot let Italian goalkeeper donaruma throw the ball away and was about to cross the goal line. It was only due to Bonucci’s magical clearance at the last moment that he didn’t lose the ball again.
Italy almost equalized the score soon after 60 minutes. First, Federico bernardeshi saved his shot by Spanish goalkeeper Unai Simon. A minute later, Lorenzo insigne shot wide.
Then the game went in Spain’s favor, because Bonucci’s stupid elbow on Busquets led to the Italian veteran’s second yellow card, leaving the blues with only 10 players.
Luis Enrique’s players were happy to take advantage of this. Another connection between oyazabar and Ferran Torres brought another goal. Torres header from the former’s Cross and Spain expanded the lead.
Shortly after the second half, Torres left the game with a minor injury and was replaced by Jeremy Pino.
Italy obviously showed more energy at the beginning of the second half, but when Jeremy found oyazabar in his cross, Spain came closer to the goal, which headed wide.
Overall, Spain is largely content with simply controlling the ball rather than trying too hard to expand its lead, and their free play almost allows the Italians to take advantage of Sergio Busquets’s mistakes.
Luis Enrique traded Mikel Merino for Kirk, Brian Gill for bro salabia. When Jeremy replaced Marcos Alonso, Spain was close to scoring three goals, but donaruma did well, made a good low post and made a wonderful save.
Spain will regret the mistake, because Italy suddenly seized an opportunity in the later stage. At that time, Spain’s corner led to the Italian counterattack led by chiesa, who sent an assist for Pellegrini and easily swept away, reducing Spain’s lead to 1-2.
However, in the end, Spain won tickets for Sunday’s final, where they will face Belgium or France.