LONDON (AP) — With three beautiful touches of management, approach and ending, Federico Chiesa ended 95 minutes of Italian frustration.
This record-breaking group is off to the quarterfinals of the European Championship with a protection that lastly allowed a purpose after greater than 19 hours however with a nationwide team-record twelfth straight victory.
After breezing by means of the group stage at Euro 2020, Italy was made to battle for its 2-1 victory over Austria on Saturday in a last-16 sport that got here to life in additional time.
It was Roberto Mancini’s substitutes who made the distinction with the targets at Wembley Stadium.
An unmarked Chiesa introduced down Leonardo Spinazzola’s excessive cross along with his head, managed the bouncing ball along with his proper boot after which used his different foot to shoot low into the web.
Similar to his father Enrico Chiesa, who scored for Italy 25 years in the past when the European Championship was final staged in England.
Particular person talent produced the breakthrough for Italy. The second was extra about calmness in a goalmouth scramble. Matteo Pessina, who got here on halfway by means of the second half, despatched the ball into the far nook of the web within the one hundred and fifteenth minute.
The uncooked emotion erupted as teammates collapsed on Pessina, a late harm alternative within the squad, amid the celebrations.
Italy was additionally celebrating in additional time after setting a world report for minutes performed with out conceding a purpose in worldwide soccer. The earlier report was additionally Italy’s and was set with goalkeeper Dino Zoff within the group. The Italians went 1,143 minutes between 1972 and 1974 with out permitting a purpose.
However Italy quickly conceded for the primary time in 1,168 minutes, from a set piece within the 114th minute when Sasa Kalajdzic headed the ball in from a nook.
The Austrian comeback ended there, nonetheless, and Italy held on for its thirty first straight unbeaten match — one other nationwide group report.
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