The Last: Italy advances to semi-finals at Euro 2020

The Last: Italy advances to semi-finals at Euro 2020

Spanish goalkeeper Unai Simon attends training at the Petrovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, two days before their Euro 2020 football championship quarter-final against Switzerland.

Germany’s Toni Kroos cheers on fans at the end of the Euro 2020 football championship round of 16 match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium in London, Tuesday, June 29, 2021. England won 2-0.

Danish coach Kasper Hjulmand during a training session in Elsinore, Denmark, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, ahead of their Euro 2020 football match against Wales on Saturday.

Fans of the Swiss team wait outside the stadium, ahead of the quarterfinals of the Euro 2020 football championship between Switzerland and Spain, at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Friday, July 2, 2021.

Denis Zakaria of Switzerland in action during the quarterfinals of the Euro 2020 football championship between Switzerland and Spain, at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Friday, July 2, 2021.

A protester with a rainbow flag rushes onto the field in front of the Hungarian team for the Euro 2020 group F football championship match between Germany and Hungary at the football arena in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

Swiss Xherdan Shaqiri, left, runs for the ball with Spain’s Sergio Busquets during the quarterfinals of the Euro 2020 football championship between Switzerland and Spain at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Friday, July 2, 2021.

Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri, center, celebrates after scoring the first goal of his side during the quarterfinals of the Euro 2020 football championship between Switzerland and Spain at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Friday, July 2. 2021.

Spanish goalkeeper Unai Simon dives for a save during the quarter-final of the Euro 2020 football championship between Switzerland and Spain at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Friday, July 2, 2021.

Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer saves a ball during the quarterfinals of the Euro 2020 football championship between Switzerland and Spain, at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Friday, July 2, 2021.

Lorenzo Insigne of Italy celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the quarter-final of the Euro 2020 football championship between Belgium and Italy at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, Friday, July 2, 2021.

The latest news about the European Football Championship:

Nicolò Barella and Lorenzo Insigne each scored a goal to give Italy a 2-1 victory over Belgium and a spot in the semi-finals of the European Championship.

Romelu Lukaku pulled one back with a penalty just before half time, but in the second half the Belgians missed even more chances to equalize.

Barella scored in the 31st minute after dodging two Belgian defenders and sending the ball in over the far post. Insigne got second in the 44th when he fired a curling shot into the far top corner.

Giovanni Di Lorenzo conceded the penalty by pushing Jeremy Doku. Lukaku scored with a shot through the middle.

It was only the second goal that Italy conceded in the tournament.

Italy then plays in the semi-finals against Spain on Tuesday at Wembley Stadium in London.

Unai Simon made two saves and Mikel Oyarzabal scored the deciding penalty to give Spain a spot in the semi-finals of the European Championship by beating Switzerland 3-1 in the shootout after a 1-1 draw.

After a 1-1 draw, Switzerland and Spain go through extra time to a penalty series in the quarter-finals of the European Championship.

The Swiss made it through the 30-minute overtime despite playing with 10 men after a red card for midfielder Remo Freuler in the 78th minute.

Switzerland advanced on penalties in the round of 16. The team defeated World Cup champions France 5-4 in the shootout.

Spain and 10-man Switzerland go at 1-1 in the quarter-finals of the European Championship for extra time.

An own goal by Swiss midfielder Denis Zakaria gave Spain the lead in the eighth minute. The Swiss equalized when Xherdan Shaqiri took advantage of a defensive mix-up in the 68th.

Remo Freuler was shown a straight red card in the 78th for a studs-up challenge on Spanish substitute Gerard Moreno.

Both teams were taken to extra time in the eighth finals.

Rainbow themed ads on the pitch are barred from the European Championship quarterfinal matches in Russia and Azerbaijan by local law.

UEFA says sponsor artwork must comply with local laws “and we understand that this is not the case in Baku and St. Petersburg.”

Rainbow flags, banners and commercials were a political theme at Euro 2020. All seven venues in the round of 16 had rainbow displays in support of LGBT rights.

Russia and Azerbaijan did not organize any matches in the previous round.

UEFA says it supports “messages of tolerance and respect for diversity”, but also refused a request from local authorities in Munich to illuminate the stadium in rainbow colors when Germany hosted Hungary in the group stage.

UEFA says one of its sponsors will still use rainbow artwork at the quarter-final matches in Munich and Rome.

Swiss midfielder Denis Zakaria’s own goal is the 10th of the European Championship and put Spain ahead 1-0 in the quarter-finals.

More own goals have been scored at Euro 2020 than the previous 15 tournaments combined.

Zakaria stuck out his leg and blocked a shot from Spanish defender Jordi Alba into the net. The goal was originally awarded to Alba, but UEFA later changed it.

Switzerland fans make some noise in the half-full Saint Petersburg Stadium by sounding cowbells for their team’s quarter-final against Spain at the European Championship.

It is a sound synonymous with Swiss fans in alpine skiing.

Switzerland knocked out World Cup champions France in the round of 16, but the underdog against Spain with team captain Granit Xhaka has been suspended. He has been replaced in the team by Denis Zakaria.

Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand says the team sees Christian Eriksen as inspiration for the match against the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals of the European Championship.

Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during the opening match of the tournament in Denmark. Teammates were shocked after seeing him on the field undergoing emergency medical treatment.

Hjulmand says: “We will play with that heart of Christian Eriksen one more time.”

The winner will face England or Ukraine in the semi-finals.

German midfielder Toni Kroos says he will retire from the national team after 106 games for his country.

31-year-old Kroos says in a podcast that his decision is “irreversible”.

Kroos’ last match was on Tuesday in the 2-0 defeat of Germany against England in the eighth finals of the European Championship. The Real Madrid midfielder had recovered from the coronavirus in time to participate in the tournament.

Kroos did not say whether he had spoken to future coach Hansi Flick about staying.

Kroos says, “It’s a decision for the family and for me,” adding, “I want to be there and need it as a husband and dad.”

Kroos made his debut in Germany in March 2010 in a friendly against Argentina. He was a Bayern Munich player at the time who was loaned to Bayer Leverkusen. He played every minute of the 2014 World Cup when Germany won the title.

The quarter-finals of the European Championship are coming up, Spain will take on Switzerland and Italy against Belgium.

The early match will be between three-time champions Spain and a Swiss team making its first appearance in the quarter-finals of the tournament. The match will be played in St. Petersburg.

The late game is in Munich. Both Italy and Belgium won all three of their group matches before advancing from the round of 16.

Italy won its only European title in 1968. Belgium with the highest ranking has never won it, but the team finished third in the World Cup three years ago.

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