Italy are the first team through to the Euro 2020 final, beating Spain in penalty kicks on Tuesday, 4-2. The match ended 1-1 in regulation with neither team scoring in the added period. Both teams missed their first penalty kicks, with Unai Simon saving Manuel Locatelli, while Dani Olmo completely missed the frame, sending his ball into the stands. After exchanging some well-taken kicks, Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma made a big save on Alvaro Morata on Spain's fourth kick, and Jorginho scored on Italy's fifth attempt to send the Italians into the final.
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Italy -- who will face the winner of England-Denmark in Sunday's final -- are back into a Euro final for the first time since 2012. The last and only time they won the final was 1968.
Neither team was overly impressive in the early stages of the match, though Spain saw more of the ball and created the best chances. Their top opportunity came midway through the first half when the ball fell to the feet of Olmo, but the RB Leipzig man was denied with by a strong Donnarumma save.
The second half was much more back and forth, which each team getting looks, and both team would take their best one. On a counter started by Donnarumma, Federico Chiesa managed to gain possession at the corner of the box, work Eric Garcia and leave Unai Simon frozen in goal with a dashing curler on the hour mark.
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Moments later, Spain had what was their best chance of the second half, up until that point, when Koke delivered a delightful ball over the backline to Mikel Oyarzabal, but his redirected header went well wide the far post.
On came the oft-criticized Morata in the 62nd minute, and he did not disappoint... at least in regulation. On a goal that made him Spain's all-time top scorer in Euro history, he brought things level at 1-1 with 10 minutes to go on one of the goals of the tournament. After dropping deep to start the attack, Morata raced toward goal and combined on a brilliant give-and-go with Olmo before slotting home easily into the left side of the goal, forcing extra time.
In the extra 30 minutes, neither team had clear-cut chances to take the lead, resulting in the shootout where then-hero Morata missed Spain's most important attempt with a poorly taken shot that Donnarumma saved easily.