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# Nous entraine # L'un contre l'autre #
We are the Azzurri. We are La Roja. We have been trusted with our
nation's fate many times. 44 years without HIV. Spain falls
again -- 44 years without eight trophy.
They are down to North Korea, who ever would believe it.
Spain are out and the group stage have not finished yet. Fate over and
over again. And that is why we succeed. Spain are European
champions for the first time since 1964! He has done it! Italy win the
World Cup! This is it! He gets the goal! David Silva has struck gold
for Spain! The state of France is the venue for
today's final. Italy and Spain are European heavyweights with nine
major titles between them. This match is a repeat of the match from
four years ago when Spain were the comfortable winners. Italy manager
Antonio Conte is off to Chelsea following Euro 2016 but he has a
team in the mould of himself, fiercely driven to succeed, they
have already shown all the classic traits of an Italian side and will
be tough to crack. Spain's side is full of household names, Ramos,
Iniesta, Fabregas and Pique. They are back again. Defeat to creation
mean they are second in their group, setting up this match. The winner
will face Germany on Saturday night. Hello, six teams are already through
to the quarterfinals. England have their chance to progress later when
they face Iceland. First, it is Italy and Spain. Talking of European
heavyweights, it is a warm welcome to these three. It is Thierry Henry
and he is turning this into a bit of a one-man show!
Henry! In it goes from Vincent Kompany, it is the captain's goal.
What a tackle! Goal! For Italy! What a lovely goal! World Cup and
European Championship winner Thierry Henry, double winner and the injured
captain Vincent Kompany, and Gianluca Vialli who scored a winner
sometime ago. How do you feel this will go? I am curious to see how
this match will pan out. I think they have creativity and technique
but we are very well-organised side. We respect them because they are
finally winning side. They have been for the last ten years. They know
how to close the deal but we start as the underdogs. But normally
brings the best out of the Italians. We do not like playing against Spain
as much as they don't like playing against us, and I would say I am
realistically confident. I think we can do it. One Spanish paper
describes this. We have seen a different Italian side. Full
pressure. Both teams lost their last two games but still, we have seen an
excellent Belgian side yesterday, and Germany have been very
impressive. For me, those are the two teams which impressed me at the
group stage. We know that... This is the first time that I am going to
sit on the fence. It is a 50-50 for me. I will have to go the guys I
know because I have played with some other guys in the Spanish team but
it is a tough one. To footballing superpowers, Vincent. It many
people? We forgot to mention the two great football coaches and yet they
could not be more opposed in the style and history of playing. For
me, I have seen an impressive Italy against Belgium. We have to remember
Italy cause a lot of problems, blocking them to play the way they
wanted to play. We no one team likes to dictate the game and it is Spain.
I think Italy will have maybe a weakness to exploit and it is the
fact that Spain did not seem to deal well with crosses against Croatia,
and with Heller and Eder. Really, I would like to see players like David
Silva create magic. A quick line on Belgium, congratulations, they are
through to the quarterfinals. The main player everyone wants to name
is Eden Hazard. He has been a revelation in this tournament
because he has never performed this way for us. If he can perform the
way he did yesterday against Hungary, that puts him in a
completely different bracket for me. If he maintains this level, you talk
about the top two, Lionel Messi and Ronaldo. It was a beautiful
performance. More on that match in a moment and Italy versus Spain.
England and Roy Hodgson are Nice for the match against Iceland. Gabi
Logan also made the trip to the South of France.
Waking up in sunny, glamorous news this morning does feel like
something of a vacation away from northern France where England have
been based for the last couple of weeks. But make no mistake, Roy
Hodgson and the team are not planning their summer holidays. We
desperately want to stay in the tournament. We think we are good
enough to stay in the tournament, but to do that, we have to get
results. There are no draws available now, it is win or lose. We
would have to accept the title favourites and they can go into the
game as underdogs, but we know perfectly well, whether we entitled
them favourites or underdogs, it will be very difficult game for us
and they will be a hard to beat. We're not going into this game
showing a lack of respect to Iceland. We are showing full respect
for the way they played. They will be tough to break down and score
goals against. We have to work out ways to create chances and score
goals. We have dominated the three games we have played. If we keep
getting chances, we will score goals and if we get those chances, we will
score goals but we have to take the chances as the boss said. It is the
knockout stages of the tournament and we have not got much time to
wait with any more chances. Let's get a perspective on that game
from Danny Murphy who is pitched five at the Stade de France with
Jason Mohammad. Thank you, welcome to the Stade de France. Imagine what
the atmosphere will be like if England do beat Iceland setting up a
match against the hosts, France, in the Stade de France. Do you fancy?
What do you mean if? I am confident. They have ridden their luck at
times. I think we have more than enough to win the game and I think
it would be a huge disappointment if we did not win the game. Let's look
ahead to this match, it is two superpowers when it comes to
international football. Do you think Spain will be hurting after losing
to Croatia? I do. They will have been given a kick up the backside
rather than cruising through. They will know now they can be beaten.
They will be up for it today. The manager will have had a word with
them. I expect a good performance from Spain here. But we have been
watching Gianluigi Buffon. They look so fit as they are warming up. Maybe
it is us getting older! They are very fit. They are very organised
and a great side to play. They have brilliant, creative players. I think
with the three at the back, they will have worked out how to open
them up and with the likes of David Silva and Fabregas, I fancy Spain
very strongly. Thank you. Antonio Conte, the Chelsea bound manager
does face a backlash after the loss to Croatia.
It is not raining there but it certainly is here. Pouring down
outside. Let's have a look at the starting line-ups.
The all Italian back three boast caps between them. Heller is
partnered upfront by Eder who turned down a chance to join Leicester in
January. How foolish. --. Three of the back four started the final
against Italy four years ago. Chelsea's Fabregas is joined by
former Barcelona team-mates Iniesta and Busquets.
These two teams have a rivalry which spans decades. It used to be that
Italy had the upper hand, but in 2008, it all changed.
The Azzurri versus La Roja. A clash of styles with a colourful history.
Italy were considered to be Spain's most feared rival. The team they
could never conquer. 2008, Spain had not defeated Italy in a competitive
match for 88 years. When we had to play against Italy, quarterfinal,
everyone was, oh my God, the same story. Italy, we always lose. And
when it went to penalties, we thought we would go out on
penalties. The thing about jinxes is they take a lifetime to build but
can be destroyed in a single moment. They are in the semifinal of the
European Championship. Fabregas with the responsibility of taking Spain
through and putting Italy out. And he does! After that moment, it was
like liberation for all of us. It was like this mental thing that
clicked and we played with no fear any more. Spain, the perennial
underachievers go through and Italy can only reflect on what might have
been. Vincente del Bosque built on the
success of the previous manager. You just need five minutes with Vincent
Dell Bosque and you like him. Once a team that never won, Spain became
the team that never lose. In 2012, we had the final. The black beast,
the team that normally beat us. David Silva has struck gold for
Spain! You have to remember that in the final, we played without any
strikers. It is four! There are few teams on the planet, ever, you could
have lived with this Spain side. That was the revenge of 94, "Yet you
break our nose but now we have destroyed you". And for many if they
had the better made and the better players, well, not any more! Not any
more indeed, look at that, the last 11 meetings, Italy have only won one
of them but this is one of the great rivalries, isn't it? We have the
same rivalry to be fair and I think a lot of countries in the world do
have a rivalry with Italy. You have to respect what they do, the love
they have the game, they have a different approach like we met you
before but you have to respect they always find a way to win. In a way,
you admire that, I can say it now because I'm not playing any more but
you admire it because you are like, "How do they do? They don't touch
the ball the whole game, suffer the whole game and yet at the end, 1-0,
Italy", and you are going home, like, "How did we lose?" We called
it tactical knowledge! LAUGHTER That is also that they have mastered
it. You have to say that this is the first time in a long time that they
will be underdogs as they are today. It suits the style they are trying
to play as well. This game is not like all the previous games. Belgium
has had to learn it. I think it is well-suited game for Italy. How do
you beat Spain? It's optimistic to think you can sit back and just
event for 90 minutes without conceding. We need to put them under
pressure occasionally, sometimes very high on the pitch. But you need
to do it properly, at the right not as individuals, like Croatia did
sometimes but as a team because if you do it at the wrong time in the
wrong place, they are so fantastic at putting players, always in
between the lines will stop midfielders and strikers, and now,
midfielders and defenders, and they make runs forward so well, they play
vertical passes, they can really hurt you and now it is Fabregas and
Morata just have tap it in the back of the net but if you it properly,
at the right time, as a unit, with controlled aggression, especially
when they get a bit confident, like in this case, they like to look
themselves in the mirror, you can win the ball back and then you can
cause problems. So controlled aggression, sometimes high on the
pitch. I played for Barcelona and it is
pretty much the same but the thing is, it is not being arrogant, even
if you put the pressure, they will still try to play and that's on you.
Croatia showed everyone how to play against Spain. Answers --
Artis-Payne susceptible to counterattacks? Yes because they
sent so many players forward. Normally they start on the right on
the left and then they switch to the other side to find the right space
to help your position. Look at Pique, he's even forward, further up
than Iniesta. Then they switched to the other side to find the right
space and look who's going to come up, Ramos. These are the two central
defenders and they are basically playing like to offensive
midfielders. But the good thing about this is that they have got
weaknesses. They are vulnerable, especially when you win the ball
back. The first pass, this pass is essential. If you manage to get out
of that pressure, then they don't love tracking back at all. And we
have got a player in Eder who is a bit like Perisic, who is going to
score the goal, who is so good, working really hard but direct and
fast and he can score goals. You can hit them on the counter whenever you
have got the opportunity. What I think I liked about it from the
first game for what we have learned, the first two games actually, it did
not feel like Italy were dangerous on the counter. For me, it was more
like they were really streetwise and clever in good moments like the set
piece, quick set piece, they get a chance and score, throw in, quick
throw in, they get a chance and score. For me, today, the question
is, will they have enough pace to hurt... It will be intriguing to see
if they can get to the Spanish goal in open play. The midfield is going
to be interesting as well, in that sense whether they can get enough
service for Morata, who is the one who has been scoring goals for Spain
but playing in Italy. He reminds me Fernando Torres. He does not want to
do a lot in terms of dropping, coming into play but he wants to go
in behind. I have a guy right by me that used to do it, Gianluca, you
were amazing. Yet in the right spot, get the ball, dummies, he could have
finished but what he wants, he does not want to do this. You see that
with a lot of the new generation of strikers, I don't know why but they
always drop. Run in behind. You have space. That is what he does, gets
the ball down, gives the ball to Jordi Alba and it could have been a
goal. The same here, there is nothing that shows you hear that
Turkey is in trouble. The connection with Iniesta, you always have a
chance to run in behind and that is key for me. The same year, how many
times would you have seen a striker coming to offer something but he
does not want to come short, he wants to score goals, ball in, he's
in and it's a goal. That is what I love about him. I think to be a
centre forward for Spain is quite complicated. In a way, you need to
be in the right place at the right time but you don't have to make
things happen. The rest of the team will make things happen. You need to
complete things, be in the penalty box and sometimes, just put the ball
in which can be a bit frustrating. There is something that, and I
mentioned for reason because you used to do it very well and Gary
dissenting, the first thing as a striker, you want to running behind,
run into space and when you have the guys that can maintain midfield
possession, why would you come short? That's not your game. Run and
stretch them. One more thing we have dementia and is for wide players to
come inside and get the balls between the lines, Uni B striker to
stretch the defence and that's why when he's on the shoulder committee
gives David Silva and the other midfielders to come in. And we have
the Italian BBC, Bonucci, Barzagli and Chiellini.
We have mentioned them already but you can't they do rise of the
Italian defence with the outstanding bouffant behind it. He loves his
goal so much, he wrote a love letter to it, seriously.
# One love, one love. # Saved by bouffant! Save, Buffon. Oh,
Buffon. Their man in goal is Buffon, of
keepers, he's the dog almost 20 years with gloves on, they'll miss
him when his -- he's gone. I know, it's wrong but he's got a back three
in front of him that are tough to break down. Very experienced and
solid and they have played with each other for about six or seven years.
I think that individually, they are good but not great but as a unit
they are almost invincible. I think it's the best unit in world football
at the moment, individually, like you said, I don't know if they are
the best but as the unit but it does help when you play every day in
training the same way, when you have the same tactic, when you play with
the same guys alongside you. Vincent, this is what you do all the
time. My friend, the striker, and allows me to... To play in this
defence, it must be an absolute pleasure these guys. You can see the
bars of it. As a defender, -- the bars. As a defender, you have to
communicate with each other, and this partnership, in this case,
there's three of them and they know exactly where to start at what time.
They will be talking a lot which we cannot hear, hear, but they have
become a force, almost invincible at times and they enjoy it. They are
like a great boxer sitting back on the ropes and knows he's got the
strength to come out whenever he wants and take it all stop I like
that about them. What a great partnership. Unlike in the past, our
defenders are the trampoline to play forward. They really participate
when we have got the ball, they spread wide and they start building
something offensive thinking. That is why I mentioned before, when the
Spanish papers said catenaccio, it's not the same any more, those guys
want to pay because Antonio Conte eight as given in the liberty to do
it. But still, they can only play one style, for me. And the way they
are playing now, they are very good at doing it and it makes them the
best defenders in the world when they are together but it only one
style. Like you say, it has evolved but this is just great to see for a
defender, I admire what they are doing. Who do you fancy? Italy! Why
did you not say Spain? You're not sure? I will go for Spain because I
have friends in the team but in terms of football, it's a very open
game. Need ask, Gianluca Guidi bouffant and save the unfavourable
times and we need to stay in a match whatever happens, 1-0, 2- there are
because physically, I'm sure we will get the upper hand in the last 20
minutes and we can turn things around, so don't panic if we go down
1-0. It is the last 16 game we have all been looking forward to, Italy
against aim -- Spain and the commentary team in the Stade de
France is Danny Murphy and Steve Wilson.
COMMENTATOR: Thank you, good afternoon everybody, it has been
called the final played too soon, Spain beat Italy in the European
jammy chip quarterfinal in penalties on 2008 and they beat them again in
the 2013 Confederations Cup semifinal on penalties. They met
twice that the last Euros, a 1-1 draw in the group in Gdansk and
Spain recording the biggest ever win in eight European Championship final
in Kiev. Can you believe it, they have been drawn together in World
Cup qualifying for Russia 2018. Today, it is Paris and the perfect
venue for the big occasion. In 13 days' time, the Stade de France will
become only the fifth stadium ever to host both World Cup and European
championship finals. A wonderful atmosphere around the stadium and a
fair bit of tension within. Such familiar foes, such familiar
anthems, first, that of Spain. CHEERING
Ladies and gentlemen, please remain standing for the national anthem of
Italy! # Fratelli d'Italia
l'Italia s'e desta # dell'elmo di Scipio
s'e cinta la testa # Le porga la chioma
che schiava di Roma # Fratelli d'Italia
l'Italia s'e desta # dell'elmo di Scipio
s'e cinta la testa # Le porga la chioma
che schiava di Roma # Stringiamci a coorte
siam pronti alla morte # Siam pronti alla morte
l'Italia chiamo # Stringiamci a coorte
siam pronti alla morte # Siam pronti alla morte
l'Italia chiamo If you think Buffon was thinking the
-- you would think Gianluigi Buffon was singing the anthem for the first
time, not the 160th. So, the luminaries almost done. Germany,
watching closely because they will play the winner. Robbie Brady's goal
for the Republic of Ireland in Lille, the only one conceded by
Italy in their last five matches and that was only the second match in
which they failed to score since going out of the last World Cup to
Uruguay. Antonio Conte you made eight changes that the Ireland game
but it is planned letter A, here although Matayo Darmian loses out to
dish idiot at left wingback. Six of this starting line-up are one yellow
card away from a ban, including the goalkeeper in the back three. --
Darmian loses out to De Sciglio. Brilliant against Belgium. They will
look to reproduce that performance here in Paris. The referee is Cuneyt
Cakir of Turkey, his third match here, highly regarded.
It is the same old, same old for Spain. Vincent Dell Bosque got some
criticism for selecting the same team for the group games. It is
tried and trusted. No changes. Alvaro Morata plays with Nolito and
Chiellini. He has three goals in his last five matches for Spain. So,
Danny Murphy, it does not get much bigger than Spain and Italy, it has
come early? It is an amazing atmosphere here. I was pitch side
before. You can feel the tension. Wonderful. Support for both teams. A
fantastic match we have tactically. The back three with the Italians
against the 4-3-3 of Spain. We will see how it goes. Spain all in white
to kick off from right to left in the first 45 minutes. It feels above
the stadium as if a storm is coming. Dark clouds overhead, and this could
be a stormy encounter. Here is the rain, right on cue on the kick-off.
Spain get the game underway. Juanfran was beaten to that very
quickly. That is a ball from discreetly over which ended up in
the grateful hands of de Gea # a ball from De Sciglio.
Florenzi did well. Got away from Jordi Alba. Hello with the header.
It was not on target. A good start for the Italians. Pressing every
opportunity they have got. This weather has just turned in the last
couple of minutes. It will have a factor. We saw a slip from Alberta.
And Italian free kick for a foul here by Morata. It was noticeable in
the warm up that the two teams were looking at the pitch that the
conditions have changed in this very heavy rain, Morata was getting their
hugs from his team-mates of last season. I always found it
fascinating playing against friends. You know every little trick, what
they like doing, what they don't. It can work for you sometimes. I am
also interested to know, Danny, what you think as a player, if you come
into a game as big as this one, on a yellow card. Six Italians in that
position. I think it is very difficult to think about it too
much, and the fact that it can affect your game if you do so, so
just play your normal game. There will come a time in the game when
you have to make a strong challenge and you have to commit to it and
trust your instincts. Sergio Ramos was there.
We have seen a lot of pitches in this tournament which are not at to
the standard you would expect. And the players, you think they would
have got there footwear right. Jordi Alba for Spain. European champions,
of course. It looks like the Rees in the Stade
de France is no more effective than parts of the roof at Wembley. We are
a, that is the main thing! -- we are key.
Spain getting a feel of the ball and the feel of the surface. Bonucci
just tried to get in front of Morata. Chiellini with the header.
Fabregas forward. Nolito here. Nolito could not quite stay on his
feet. No, another slip. Good play from Iniesta though. We have seen
them play so well in the group games.
To Rossi, that is a decent idea. Threatening here!
Good patient build-up from the Italians. De Rossi finding a good
pass forward. Just did enough there, the Spanish, to snuff out their
chance. He is a bright little player will
stop. Nolito unable to tame the pass from
Sergio Ramos. The Italians had every player back in their own half then.
Very difficult to break down. A poor touch, unusual from De Rossi.
Italy were outstanding against Belgium in Bordeaux in their first
group game in Group E. A free kick. Juanfran. It didn't look like...
He got the ball. What is obvious early in the games is both teams, as
soon as the goalkeeper gets it there is a high press from Italy and from
the Spanish, trying to get the keepers to kick it long. It
hopefully means we will have an open game. It started that way.
Alessandra Florenzi on this the Italy. Every white shirt is back.
Pelle, a good save by de Gea! A good stop. The first good chance of the
game is an Italian chance. It is a super ball in from Florenzi. And
Pelle, we have seen him do that so many times for Southampton. What a
save that was from de Gea. He took some criticism after the Croatian
game, but that was a wonderful save. Harsh criticism may be on the second
goal. It did flick off a defender's foot. That was a tremendous stop.
Jack Porrini with this tremendous corner, Florenzi with the ball in.
That did not work. A cute little corner though. This is the free kick
again. A powerful header from the big man. A mismatch against the
scripts really. -- Sergei Lavrov 's. The header was not bad. Four in the
box for Italy. Giaccherini! De Gea again! A brilliant save again.
Good play again. What an effort that was. A super save on the post. It,
the referee might give a free kick. - it, I think he has given it four.
A little bit harsh. --- but he has given it four. -- high foot, he has
given it four. It did appear that the Turkish
referee awarded a free kick against Italy. De Gea was not to know. What
a fine save that was again. To think there was talk about whether he was
going to start or not for Spain, which is remarkable, considering the
season he has had. An intriguing first 12 minutes or
thereabouts which Italy will have enjoyed rather more than Spain.
Bonucci's header brings Spain a throw. They are struggling at the
moment, Spain with the Italian system. Nolito and Silva are not
sure whether to press the centre halves or drop back in. You think
they would have worked on it but it is definitely the Italians on top at
the moment. Can Silva get inside Giaccherini?
Looking for the run of Jordi Alba. It always gives you such great
options, Jordi Alba. Yeah, great engine. Down the right side with
Florenzi, I was talking with Gianluca Vialli earlier in the hotel
and he was a big fan of his, said to keep an eye out for him because
there was a blow, when, I think Andre Berto has got a knock but he's
come in and looked right at home. -- when I think Candreva got a knock.
Ye has just been beaten in the air by Ramos. De Sciglio, the other
wingback, unable to keep the ball under his control.
There must be a rainbow somewhere. The sun is coming out now. A little
bit short but always de Gea's. Interesting character, Antonio Conte
E. I've heard a lot of good things about him and I'm looking forward to
seeing how his team plays when he gets to the Premier League this
year. A man who knows what it is like to lose finals in both the
World Cup and the European Championships. 1994 and 2000.
Losing, actually, in a penalty shoot out in the first instance and Golden
Goal in the second. It's hard to take. Yeah, that is hard to take.
I'm sure it will all be forgotten if he can win something with this
Italian side. He has certainly got his team well organised and well
drilled, that is for sure. Bonucci with the header, now coming to
retrieve it as Morata was sniffing. It bounced off Nolito kindly.
Good play by parole oh, and a little nick on De Rossi by David Silva.
A mistake in the end but good to see, what, seven, eight Italian blue
shirts in the final third of the field. Yeah, they do that rarely
well, they choose their moments to drop off and then they choose their
moments to go high up the pitch and press, always a sign of a good team,
being able to mix up that play. De Rossi with the flick. Juanfran hi,
for Spain. This is Barzagli, Buffon behind him,
just directing traffic. This is Gianluigi Buffon's 30th match in
major tournament finals. It would have been more, only he missed Euro
2000, injured. He missed the game against the
Republic of Ireland, too, the final group game in Lille, which they
lost. He had a bit of a fever. Estate from Sergio Ramos. Florenzi
was on to it quickly. -- mistake from.
Chiellini had to work and it is turning into a good ball, if
Florenzi can reach it. He couldn't quite. It was like a water slide,
that. I'm not sure whether he meant it, Chiellini, but nearly, for
Florenzi, again, down the right-hand side. He's had an impressive start
to the game. There is an obvious lack of pace in the Spanish forward
line, especially when they press. Obviously, they are all very good
technically but when they are trying to press the Italians, they are just
a little bit late at the moment, Fabregas, Silva, knowledge so, not
the quickest players in the world. -- Nolito. Nolito's touch to David
Silva and back to him. Danger, here. Real danger, now, Fabregas!
Superblock by De Sciglio, and Chiellini, throwing themselves at it
and I think it was De Sciglio who actually made the block.
The first bit of quality we have seen from the Spanish. I expected
Fabregas to get a better shot away but horrific defending, wasn't it,
again? -- terrific defending. You would think that over the course of
the match, if the Italian safe as a combination to open it, then Spain
are the great safe crackers. They will find a way of getting in at
some point. But Italy are a threat at the other end, too.
Better from Spain. They have not really got too many people in the
box who can head it, other than Morata. A sloppy pass, really, Jordi
Alba is normally much better than that.
A stooping header from Busquets. Under pressure from De Rossi but he
rode it. Morata winning Spain's first corner.
It's taken 20 minutes but they are certainly getting a foothold in the
game, now. Much better possession, aggressive.
Nolito. Iniesta. Well... Sergio Ramos is appealing that Chiellini
fouled him. The referee immediately gestured to Sergio Ramos to get back
on its feet. I think he pulled his shirt. -- his feet. But he has gone
down rather easily, as Ramos sometimes does. I think the referee
has got that one right. Italian defender pulling a shirt?
Shock, horror! They do like to get tight in the box, don't they? That
is for sure but you have to be careful because some referees see it
and give it straightaway. Not many. I think Chiellini understands the
odds of being punished for that as well as anybody.
You don't need to be in Italian defender to pull a shirt, by the
way! Now... A yellow card for De Sciglio.
Pulling a shirt! There we are. It was a give and go, I think and a
spot from the referee. He did well to see that because the ball had
gone. -- good spot. He's not one of those that had a yellow card earlier
in the tournament, De Sciglio, so he is OK, should Italy get through.
They have 11 yellow card in the tournament now, more than anyone
else. Romania had ten. Fortunately for David Silva, Marco
Parolo could not take it in his stride. Iniesta. Jinking but
beautifully read. And now, Italy charge on the counter. Bonucci,
Pelle, Giaccherini. Bonucci has continued his run and joined Pelle
and Eder in the Spanish penalty area. De Rossi. De Sciglio. Oh,
arriving late and just unable to guide it was Mark Webber Rolo!
Lovely, late run into the box and spotted well, too. It was a
fantastic move, all started from Bonucci coming out with the ball,
intercepting Iniesta's pass. Then he got himself in the box, another good
quality ball into the box. And Parolo could not get there in time.
Really good counter from Italy. Italy did not qualify when France
hosted the European Championships in 1984, a rare tournament that they
missed out on. Spain were runners-up to Platini's France in the final
which was that the Parc des Princes in those days.
They had to wait, Spain, for over 20 years more before they started
winning but boy, once they started...
More Italian complaints about the Spanish free kick. I think he caught
him. Nothing too cynical in that. Left arm was a little bit high. A
little bit naughty, yes. Morata has not got into the game yet. I know he
has do stay high up the pitch for his team and play his position but
we need to see more of him. Three players on three goals in this
tournament and Morata is one of them along with Gareth Bale and Antoine
Griezmann. Juanfran, back to Fabregas, and
again. Chased by De Sciglio. David Silva with a little bit of
space opening up in front of him as Parolo and a Rossi backed off. Jordi
Alba, in. -- De Rossi. Behind by the well-placed Bonucci. Super
defending, again. Good play from Spain. But positionally, that
Italian back three, so good, so experienced. Nolito with the corner,
Iniesta, driven towards Buffon. He looks the man, Iniesta, the one who
is able to get Spain playing. He has just turned 32. Looks a
little bit older these days but does not play any older. A pleasure to
watch him play. He makes the game look so easy, as all good players
do. De Rossi, knocked off by Pelle to Eder who thought about hitting it
early on his left but brings De Sciglio into play instead. Ramos!
How lucky was he? It all starts from the ball up to Pelle again, little
flick on, causing problems, then they get it down and play. He is a
lucky boy, Ramos. Good ball across from De Sciglio.
Certainly been the better side, Italy.
So, Florenzi with the Italian corner.
That is going to be another corner. It is another great delivery, isn't
it? He has put in some super balls, Florenzi. He had a fistful of De
Rossi's shirt there. The referee has blown his whistle again. It will be
a free kick. I think he's indicating that Bonucci was the man. It was a
good spot. Just a little tug. I suppose on every corner you could
pick someone out who is having a little nibble with someone. Every
corner, every country, every level. Sadly, every age group probably as
well. It is a very watchable half an hour.
Italy have had the better of it. It is going wide and away towards De
Sciglio. Nicely done. A good ball that. He did not need to
dies in, Ramos. Great build-up play from Italy again. He doesn't need
to, just keep goal side. The Italians played this system is so
well. This great view that we have up here, we can see what they are
trying to do, wherever the spare man is, to get out, and they are looking
to get to the front two as early as possible, to get balls in the box.
The Spanish are struggling with it, they really are. They are so well
drilled, you can see they have been coached. A big debate going on with
Bonucci, Eder, Giaccherini and Florenzi. David Silva trying to
listen in. He has made two excellent saves, de
Gea already. He might be tested again.
Florenzi has walked away from it. Could be Eder. Giaccherini has left
it. Eder all Bonucci. Eder! De Gea der again! And again! Not the third
time. Italy are in front. Chiellini scores!
Deservedly, Giorgio Chiellini with a goal.
Richly deserved indeed. A silly foul from Ramos. A free kick on the edge
of the box, always going to be a problem. A decent stop from de Gea.
You could argue that he could have got it away from goal, but how
hungry and quick they are on the rebound. If it had not ended up in
the back of the net, that arguably was a penalty. If it had been given
as such, de Gea would probably have been given a red card. Chiellini
with the goal. 1-0, Italy. Now we will see what Spain 2016
vintage is made of. I think he will already be thinking
about changes, because they have lacked is it in the first third.
Pedro has lacked pace. Nolito has been nonexistent in the first half.
Good play from Pelle. Tenacious. Good work ethic, starting from the
front. He has had a splendid 35 minutes.
Nolito taking a tumble after De Rossi right under the referee's
knows. Nolito is getting at rather gingerly but he is not involved in
this attack. A free kick. It is parallel again. He's trying to come
back and help out his team. I do mind that. Sometimes you do get it
wrong. He has epitomised the spirit of the team.
Spain have been quarterfinalists or better in seven out of the last 11
European cups and championships. They have won three of those
conversations. If it stays like this, they will not make the last
eight of this one -- they have won three of those competitions.
The flags stayed down, certainly on the far side. Just seeing the gold
again, he tries to push it away, I think the ball movement means it did
not quite... You could see his arms and hands push the ball away, just
bounces back. Florenzi forward. I did expect more
wrath of the Spanish. They play with a lethargy really. -- I did expect
more of the Spanish. They have not got Morata into the game. It took
them a long time to break down the Czech Republic in their first match.
They beat a pretty average Turkish side comfortably. Oh dear. They now
have the unexpected present in the shape of a corner. They lost their
final group game to a very good Croatian team. Now, can they cash in
on that error? Jordi Alba. Five white shirts in the
Italian penalty area. Could not quite squeeze it back to Andres
Iniesta. Eder. Good pace. Sergio Ramos could not quite live with that
change of pace from Eder. Giaccherini and Pelle with him. Just
couldn't get that acceleration going.
It is a good recovery from Ramos in the end.
Nolito on. Iniesta. Nolito tries to keep Spain on the front foot but it
is a free kick. A yellow card for Nolito. That sums up his first half,
really. You have to give Iniesta some credit. He is the one who's
trying to up the tempo of the play, make these things happen. Out of all
the creative players Spain have on the pitch, he is certainly the one
at the moment he looks the most likely.
They had a general election in Spain yesterday. The government might be
glad it wasn't tomorrow if they lose this game. It would be rather flat.
They have got some work to do. It is interesting, the Italians, all
through the years, they have always had a star, whether it is Rossi,
Gianluca Biagi -- Gianluca Vialli, not really in this team, but they
are team. I think this is a fantastic display of players who
want to work hard for each other and play the system. Nolito. Pulled back
dangerously. Pique could not get it under control. Italy now defending
in numbers. They look very fit as well. Athletic. Italy are unhappy. I
think they felt they had been awarded something and changed his
mind on the say-so of his assistant on the far side and gave Spain a
throw. Fabregas was not quite as quick as
De Sciglio, nicked it away. The Spaniard then landed his foot on De
Sciglio's to. That have been so many of those type of balls,
interceptions, drop downs in midfield. They have looked much more
hungry, much more athletic. The system is working a treat at the
moment. Good ball. Parolo, options right and
left, into the box from Florenzi, the worst part of the evening so far
from him. What a brilliant move, brilliant football, Spain trying to
oppress, too late on every press they made, Italy playing around them
far too easily. A poor touch from Nolito invited the
Italians to take it away from him and they did not need a second
invitation. De Rossi with the nutmeg, forward from Eder to Pelle.
Carries it, looking to his right but there's nobody there because Eder is
on the floor but now Giaccherini, good try!
Wonderful stuff. This game could be out of sight, couldn't it?
Unbelievable stuff, again, from that man de Gea. Giaccherini, what a shop
that is, flying into the top corner. Into a minimum of one added minute.
That was a sensational save. Another one! Florenzi with the corner,
headed out by Ramos. De Sciglio for Italy, and the Italians are buzzing.
It all started, that, from De Rossi, who has been sensational in the
middle of the park, with a little nutmeg on Iniesta.
Given away carelessly by Florenzi. Iniesta forward. Fabregas to Silva.
Florenzi making some amends because it was his mistake. And that sees
Italy through to half-time. They have deservedly -- they
deservedly lead through Chiellini's goal. But for David de Gea, the
damage might have been irreparable. As it is, Spain have work to do, but
it is not beyond them. At half-time in Paris at the Stade de France, it
is Italy 1-0 Spain. Very rarely have we seen a Spanish
side dominated in 45 minute quite like that but you know what it is
down to? Tactical knowledge! It certainly was. Which is Italy and
Spain? I can't believe it, we've been fantastic we look full of ideas
and I think we look much more... We look fresher physically and
mentally. We got it tactically spot on, so far. Sometimes we are
defending territory, sometimes we go and try to put them under pressure
high up the pitch. Every we win the ball back, we send players forward.
We have been fantastic so far. They have been lethargic and bit
confused, I think. Listen, tactically, technically,
offensively, defensively, on the ball, off the ball, I've never seen
Spanish team like that before. Italy is like dominating the game. It is
almost an fairer times. I don't recognise that. De Gea had to kick
the ball long so many times without having an idea of what they want to
do. And we always praise Spain or the likes of Barcelona or other
teams in Spain, with what they do when they are on the ball. It is an
artform. What Italy is doing right now it is an for everyone. If they
are watching the game, it is how you should play a team like Spain.
They've got the tactics down to a tee. A couple of use are going World
Cup, we saw Spain have a bad couple of matches, particularly against the
Netherlands but we thought that was probably a one off but so far, Italy
have been very dominant. I would not say as much... I would not say it
about Spain, I think it's about Italy today. I can enjoy the
performance from Italy almost as much as I can enjoy Eden Hazard's
performance yesterday! It solve the same level in the sense that
everything is perfect. There is coordination, communication. You can
see that when there is a balanced team, they attack and defend
together and they almost pick and choose what team they want to be at
which stage of the game. This is one of the most impressive performances
I've seen so far in the Euros, probably the most impressive,
actually. One thing you have to say, Eden Hazard, yesterday, for example,
does it because it instinct. The amount of work you have to put on
the field to make sure that the timing is right, you go, I go, you
squeeze, we don't go yet, now, remember, wait... It is unreal. I
don't remember an Italian side playing like that, as high on the
field sometimes. Not in front of the box but high on the field. They
certainly have and the goal came courtesy of a free kick that was won
by a ball up to Pelle. Yes, I think this tackle was a bit unnecessary
and reckless but we got the free kick and took it very well. I think
we were discussing this, they were not ready. Something that baffled
me, I have to be honest, Pique, you will see it from another angle, he's
not ready. He's looking behind, four Italian players and only Pique does
not react but on the other angle, you can see it, Iniesta is not
looking at the ball, nor is Pique, the Gaia is not actually ready for
Eder's strike and I think if he was, maybe he could have pushed the ball
further away. He's just not ready. It is kind of weird, the desire of
Italy you can see just on that. That's what I love about this
Italian team and that is what they teach in many nations, I been, they
are almost playing to their cultural strengths. This is very clever and
if you play against an Italian team, you almost have to understand that
this is what they are going to try to do. They are already because they
know the goalkeeper can push the ball away and they will have a
chance. I think that is playing to your cultural strengths in that
sense. They are intelligent on every play of the game. Was David de Gea
for the goal? He's been spectacular in terms of the saves. Of course, we
are trying to find a way, maybe he not looking at the ball and pointing
out the guys in the Italian wall. I have to say, listen, if it was not
for him, they would have been two or three down so give him credit, we
are just trying to find a way of how they could have stopped it, maybe an
four dies following the ball has nothing to do with it. Try to
describe Antonio Conte's master plan and how it has worked so effectively
must remark we have just been a very solid, tight, compact unit that
moves are up and down the pitch. Left and right, with aggression and
purpose. We are not scared of taking chances. De Sciglio goes up on the
pitch. And clearly shuffles to the left and becomes like the left-back.
-- Chiellini shuffles. It gives us purpose and desire to go forward and
hurt them. The one I enjoyed, I was like, "Why don't they go on the
break? Spain aren't in position bowsprit, but they go back to the
goalkeeper, give the ball to Barzagli, then they play, said the
ball up Tommy see what is happening, Florenzi is on the ball, then De
Rossi, play through the line and they are out. It's crazy but the
pressure they are putting on, the timing, what I was talking about,
they are all on the front foot, trying to get the ball as high as
possible and it's amazing. And also, I know you like that. What I like is
that you can see, like we said, coordination. These guys have played
together for a while and it helps, of course. Look how tight the spaces
are. They are just aggressive at the right time. That is the difference,
when we say aggressive at the right time, we saw Ramos, no one has been
tight to Pelle all game and suddenly, you put in a challenge,
the first challenge of the game on Pelle, it is right in front of your
box and your team concede. The Italians have made no mistake so
far. We are making the pitch so big on them and they don't like it, they
don't like tracking back. It is something I've already noticed
against Belgium, when an Italian player is on the ball, he has four
options so it becomes easy. They can play Pelle, Eder comes underneath,
they have the width, the full-back on the side, they can go back to the
holding midfielder. It easier when that happens. But Spain are still in
the game and things change, as we have seen in this particular
European Championships, at half-time. If it was not the David
de Gea, who made two brilliant saves and another which we think was given
as a foul... Again, you can see the Italian desire with Chiellini. He is
not scared to go and run and Eder, what you said, that desire of going
and trying to dribble and they get the free kick. On set pieces, we
have the upper hand. That is an amazing delivery and if it was not
for, what we all know, what he can do, as we say every week in the
Premier League, what a save from David de Gea. It shows how many
players we sent in the penalty box, which is very an Italian but look at
them, four of them going for this. Giving the country a bad name! And
we nearly scored there as well even though the referee blew the whistle
for the foul by Giaccherini. If they start giving free kicks for those we
will never see an overhead kick again. You can see the two front
players who are making up the ground, now, but there's the rest of
the team coming and I'm sure that if you show a wider angle, even though
that's great, you will see the defenders coming up and everyone
gets very tight and compact. The Spanish players are lacking a bit
behind a comeback. There was something you were mentioning, I'm
not a defender, obviously, but you were talking about how easy it was
for the Italian players to get a run in the box and how easy it was for
them to put the ball in the box. What did you mean? For me, it feels
almost like it is a natural for Spain not to have the ball and to be
in defensive positions. All the little defensive habits, I don't see
them with Spain. I see them with Italy. It is sometimes a hand on the
chest, a little bit of putting in your foot at the right time but it
is not very natural, it looks uncomfortable for me at the moment.
I think we wanted more. Certainly looked that way in the first and it
will be interesting to see if Spain have a plan B, because they haven't
very often needed one. England play Iceland in a couple of hours' time
with a real chance of reaching the quarterfinals.
Roy Hodgson's side are in Nice for the night's game and if they were to
win, it would be the first time they have ever won Euros knockout game
away from home. Pitch side for us in the South of France, Martin Keown
and Gabby Logan. Thanks, Gary. Martin has just
observed that he thinks the stadium resembles the bird's nest. We'll
England soaring to the quarterfinals? The team is expected
to be the starting XI that started the whole tournament against Russia,
except Adam Lallana is out and ran him sterling is back in. Of course,
Daniel Sturridge is the other player who did not start that game. Your
thoughts on that selection and the reasons behind it? I think Raheem
Sterling is a player that we need that thrust down the left-hand side,
where he's going to play. The problem for England is how they
break down this very well-organised events. They bring all 11 players
back inside their own half. England first need to go through the middle,
in a 4-4- two system, you're going to be outnumbered in the middle and
then go wide because the wide players do a commended job of
protecting their full-backs. If we can isolate their full-backs, we can
cause real problems in the game tonight. They make no apologies are
white -- about the way they set themselves up an average possession
is 35%, and Lars Lagerback knew how to get a result from England when he
was sweeter manager, never beaten by England in six attempts. Would you
be naive to completely underestimate any threat from them? It is not
afraid to complete. England won't be underestimating them and they will
make it a Test match because the code is a real technician but I'm
hoping a verbal much breaks out and England totally dominate and have
the firepower and the belief. Why should have been working on finding
a way through and getting the players scoring goals, playing with
confidence so I'm going to back England to win this. And the
Icelandic nation, I think almost 10% of them will be in here to night and
they are completely enthralled by the tournament. Martin has found out
what makes them a bit special. You have had some sociology, some chats
with the Icelandic people and they have its plain how they got here.
They are a very proud nation and they believe just to survive in
their own country, you have to be made of really tough stuff. They are
saying they've never been in the tournament so they don't know the
feeling of getting knocked out and they could go on and win it. If
England said that, they would be accused of being arrogant and over
that but maybe we should change our attitude and take a leaf out of
their book. I think our quality will come to the fore denied, though, and
we will surely have too much or Iceland. Thanks, Martin.
Full commentary of that game on Radio 5Live and on the BBC Sport
website from 8pm. You can chat with Alan Shearer and Jermaine Jenas on
the Facebook page and we will have highlights on BBC One later. And if
you missed Alan Shearer's programme on Euro 96, it's on again on
Wednesday night. It's well worth watching.
We have got three Europeans here and I think we are still allowed to ask
you your opinion despite what happened in a referendum! How do you
see this England side? What do you make of them? I like them. The
potential is there. I'm not sure the system suits the players. I'm not
sure about the system. The rest is there for you to do very well in the
Euros. Offensively, we all know what they can do although we did not see
what we were inspecting, I guess, especially against Slovakia. But
defensively -- we were expecting. But defensively, I have not seen
anyone testing England yet so it's difficult to judge what those guys
can do. If they go through against Iceland, for the first time, they
will have to play a team that will test the defence. I think you should
be just OK, more than OK against Iceland and I call on Rooney to have
an amazing game. We will see, we think we have an idea of what
England team Roy Hodgson is going to go for. You said you don't
particularly like that way of playing but Vincent, it looks like
Raheem Sterling is going to come back, a player you know very well
from Manchester City. He's been given a bit of stick and seems to be
struggling with his confidence. Do you think you can cope with that?
I think Daniel Sturridge said some great things this week, about how
much of a talent he is and how much he should be supported. I would say,
go out there, enjoy playing, enjoy learning and improving every single
time. OK. Almost time for the second half. Spain Trail.
It has been called a final played too soon.
Good saved by de Gea! The first big chance of the game is an Italian
chance! Giaccherini! A brilliant save again! Ramos, how unlucky was
he? Eder! Italy are in front! Chiellini scores, deservedly!
The players are out at the Stade de France. Spain clearly making a
change. They certainly need to make a change.
Nolito has left the field of play. Let's go back to our commentary
team, Danny Murphy and Steve Wilson. Thank you very much, Gary. Aduriz is
coming on. He is 35, plays for Athletic Bilbao, his only
international goal so far was against Italy in a friendly in
March. He had to make a change, didn't he? Gas, but I find that one
a strange one. They are lacking pace. I would have been looking
maybe at Pedro in a forward area or the Thiago in the middle of the
park. I thought the system needed changing but we know the Spanish do
not change for anyone, do they? This man, Chiellini with the goal.
In some ways, it was scant reward for their dominance in the first
half. Florenzi. I corner. Might have been
another opportunity for the Italians. Florenzi did well. He has
been a threat down this right-hand side. Pique just getting his tone to
that. Florenzi with the corner which
Morata tried to clear but missed. Sergio Ramos did a rather better
job. Under difficult circumstances. The Italians have come out in the
second half, just as they did in the first, in Spanish territory and
Spanish bases. They have a spring in their step. They are playing with
quality and control. It really is a super performance from them, it
really is. Juanfran getting forward for Spain
here, blocked by Bonucci. The flag is up. It was handball. It is a free
kick to Spain in a decent position. Yes, good decision. Can't put your
arms up in the air. A better move that, from Spain.
David Silva detect this free kick for Spain. It is very unlikely that
Spain will be dominated for the 90 minutes of this game.
That was off the head of De Rossi for a corner. Yes, a good ball in.
Delivered to Morata. It would have counted. The Italians are claiming a
push on De Sciglio inside the penalty area, but nothing was given.
The header was straight at Buffon. A bad miss. Really bad for a player of
his quality. Barzagli on Morata. The referee was
well placed. Interesting to see if that was in or out of the penalty
area. It is obviously academic because he did not give it anyway.
Here is a foul. De Rossi on Iniesta. It was not a foul. The ball there,
as you can see. I tell you what, there was a little kick. I think it
was just outside. Spain are getting their supporters going behind the
goal. In from Fabregas, a dangerous ball. Chiellini with the block
again. Pique with quite an inventive effort at goal. Morata is having
words with the referee's assistant behind the goal. He is certainly
aggrieved about something. Sadly, not quite so comfortable,
Italy. It have come off his shoulder. I think he has pulled him
down. The referee didn't give it. A wonderful opportunity for Morata.
It would have to be a ferocious strike. A bet a few minutes for
Spain. On the front foot at last. Busquets forward. And again. Blocked
by the Rossi. -- de Rossi. The Italian manager Antonio Conte
can be heard. I don't know why he passed it there.
So often he gets in those great positions, too unselfish. Take a
touch, get your shot off. Thiago Mott coming on for Italy. -- Thiago
mutter. I saw him limping a little while
ago. I don't know whether he decided to come off. I think that has to be
some sort of injury because he has had a really good game, brilliant in
the first half. The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder is on. Not
a bad replacement. The card comes out for Graziano
Pelle earth. He is still OK as far as suspension goes. This is his
first of the tournament. That is absolutely ridiculous. He has not
once looked at the man, he has not once raised his elbow high enough to
cause a problem. A lovely flick! Aye! De Gea once
more! Having an unbelievable game, David
De Gea. Without their goalkeeper, they would already be out of this
game. I don't think I have ever seen a keeper better at one-on-ones than
David De Gea. You always look for turning points in games. That might
be one. He should score. One-on-one with the keeper, good strikers.
Needs a finish. Aduriz battling with De Sciglio. De
Sciglio forced to concede a throw in. There is no question the
pendulum has swung away from Italy in this second half, despite that
big chance for Eder. I would not say Spain are on top, but Italy were,
and now, it is a very much more even contest. I think Spain had to be
better and play with a bit more intensity. And that would obviously
leave gaps, as we saw there, with a chance for Eder. David Silva here.
Juanfran with a ball into the box. Aduriz did everything he could to
get onto it. Getup. Your team is one down, come on. You can hear the
sentiment boozing from Danny Murphy but he is 35 years old and that is a
fairly hefty fall. Maybe I am doing him an injustice. The last thing you
want is to lose momentum. You are on the front foot. Give the Italians a
chance to have a drink, a chat, whatever they need to. Yes, looking
at it on the replay, it was a bit of a nasty one. Look how big he makes
himself. Stays tall for so long. He should score. He would be
disappointed. Every week I watch in play, he seems
to say those one-on-one situations, doesn't he? He is so good at it. A
bit of a bloodied nose. Spain momentarily down to ten while they
patch up the substitute. Great play, that is, to get out.
Pelle, nicely done to Eder. Knocked out of it by Pique and the referee
says play an! The Italians are absolutely incensed. -- play on.
He's not going to get up in a hurry, that is for sure. The referee has
had to stop play. Safe to say, that is possibly one of the poorest
decisions I'd seen. -- I have seen. Pique has got away with one, there.
I don't know how the referee hasn't seen it, by the way. I mean, come
on. On a positive note, I think the
refereeing has been good in the tournament, generally, trying to let
the games go. We have not seen too many red cards. Just three, so far.
In the tournament. Fantastic noise in the Stade de
France. If he had lofted that over Buffon into the back of the net, it
would have been one of the goals of the tournament. Good thinking, you
saw what he was trying to do, he saw Buffon off his line, trying to catch
out. He's actually had more effect on the game from the left-hand side,
Morata. Than he did in the first half.
Maratha's ball in but Buffon was there. -- Morata's. I agree with you
about Pelle, I think he has been as good as I have seen him. He looks
fit, strong, Hungary, a real threat. -- hungry. Iniesta. David Silva.
The whistle goes against Silva, catching De Sciglio.
A little bit late from David Silva, not known for his tackling. He has
not had enough of an impact on this game, a man of his quality.
That is a good ball. Pelle with the chest of. Eder with Giaccherini
added him, Day studio -- ahead of him, De Sciglio, pass David de Gea
but not into the net! It could have been. It should have been.
Two big opportunities for Italy in the second half, to get the elusive
and now probably overdue second goal. I thought Eder should have
shot himself, he was in a fantastic position and decided to bring it
left which tightened up the angle. That is a brilliant tackle by
Chiellini. And now, Sergio Ramos is caught by Parolo. That was a good
tackle. He is five yards away, the referee.
Chiellini in again, superbly. Giaccherini for Italy. Eder and
Pelle in the middle. Not a bad idea. But not what Pelle wanted. It was
neither, wasn't it? It was neither a cross or a shot, just a little
scoop. Looking a tiny bit tired, Giaccherini, which is understandable
because he's put in a hell of a shift on this left-hand side.
Eder again, and they form a to reflect partnership, Eder and Pelle,
Martin Keown has a theory that modern defenders are not used to
playing against two strikers. And they have shown that if you work
together, Little overlaps, give and go, always close to each other, you
can cause teams problems. They seem to have a really good understanding,
that is for sure. Morata, in the middle, now. Back to
Iniesta. Juanfran, danger, here. Iniesta, through Eder. Out by
Chiellini. Pelle was held up by Busquets but he has done well with
that. Could not quite find Thiago Motta.
He never took his eyes off the ball, De Sciglio. Brilliant.
I am amazed the Spanish are not looking at more changes with the
quality they have got on the bench. Absolutely gobsmacked.
Aduriz running into Chiellini, rather than the other way around,
there. Perhaps the gloss has just begun to
tarnish a little bit on Spain. In the final at the 2013 Confederations
Cup, they were very, very comfortable you beaten by Brazil and
in the World Cup the following year, it was, in footballing terms, a
catastrophe for them. They qualified comfortably, of course as they
always do for these finals but this would be another failure. -- would
be deemed another failure. They have got a lot of talented
players, of course they have, he probably being the best of them but
they are certainly lacking some pace. In today's game, you need one
or two lads who can go past people or run in behind at least otherwise
you become predictable. Chiellini with the throw in.
I think there was a time when whole tournament cycles went by without
Spain losing a game. They have lost six games since the end of the last
World Cup, some of them friendlies. I think about who they have lost,
Carles Puyol, being the obvious leader for them at the back, and
Xavi, probably one of the greatest midfielders we have ever seen. They
have not replaced them with the same quality. They are still a good side
with some great players. They are still in this game, just about,
thanks to the wonderful save from David de Gea. Busquets to Juanfran.
Iniesta and David Silva. Morata. It is a Spanish free kick.
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Busquets, forward. Back to Iniesta, lovely dummy, Aduriz! Wide.
That was more like it. Good move. Nice and intricate, with the
passing. Can't wrap his left foot around it. Decent chance, that.
Morata is coming off, unable to break through his Juventus
team-mates and he is replaced by Lucas Vazquez of Real Madrid.
His first appearance in these finals.
Juanfran. Aduriz, decent ball, and Buffon came.
Spain have a corner. And they still have plenty of time.
Fabregas with the ball in, and a towering header! Ramos, off target.
Yes, it is a good header. We have seen him score a lot of big goals
over the years. Powerful when it comes to set plays.
They are starting to get on top, aren't they? The Italians are
looking a tiny bit lately. -- leggy. Late tackle on Pelle. And
Fabregas... Is the man guilty as charged. Yeah, I think he is trying
to say he is the innocent party, there. He wasn't, by the way!
Alessandro Florenzi with the free kick which flicked off PKI think
into the gloves of de Gea. Yes, his worst one that. His delivery has
been good today. Fouled by Florenzi. A Spanish free kick. Cesc Fabregas.
It is an agonisingly slender advantage to have with 18 minutes to
play. They are looking to still be in the game really, the Spanish. It
will make for an interesting last 16 minutes or so.
The offside flag. It wouldn't have counted, it didn't go in. A lovely
little ball through but he was offside. A lovely run. Yes, he is
offside. I think De Rossi going off weakened
the Italians. I know Motta is experienced bet he hasn't quite got
the legs that De Rossi has got and the power. There is not much he
hasn't seen and done, Vincente del Bosque, over the eight years he has
been in charge of the side. It may be his last hurrah. He has not
confirmed it, but he has suggested that this would be it.
Going to need a bigger technical area at Stamford Bridge. I think he
got angry because Giaccherini mis-controlled it. I don't think he
was actually trying to waste time. The Italian fans absolutely loved
it. You can see it. He is kicking every ball with them. There is going
to be some fun and games next season in the Premier League. There will be
some fun and games in the next 15 minutes, I think. Juanfran with his
throwing for Spain. Aduriz made the run, Chiellini read
it. Two straight, that pass. One back, David Silva. They are not done
yet, Spain. A lovely smile from Buffon. Two wise
old heads. Technically perfect, that volley. You would expect nothing
less from him. Pushing hard now, Spain. David
Silva. The rest of the Gershon touched to Cesc Fabregas, and again
Fabregas. Iniesta. A good save! Pique struck it true and struck its
firm. Buffon called upon again. Every sinew of this Italian defence
will be tested now. Another good strike that was from Pique. A
comfortable save from Buffon. It is an Italian throw in. This is
the Pique strike. A good save. They have actually made their own
problems, Italy. Twice they have been caught out, playing out from
the back, when at this stage of the game, probably percentages is
probably the best way to go. Get the ball off Pelle, play-off him, get
higher up the pitch. Well, I do believe that Pedro will come on for
Spain. He has been outspoken about his
discontent about having played so few minutes in this tournament.
Well, here is his chance, coming up shortly. Meanwhile, David Silva has
lost possession to Giaccherini. Too much pace on that. He has been
good, Eder. Good touch, missed the one-on-one, but his all-round
performance has been very good. Pedro on. Shortly for Spain.
Too high for Aduriz. A tit-for-tat substitution, because Italy are
going to bring an Lorenzo Insigne as well. A great little chest off from
Pelle to Eder. Well timed from Sergio Ramos.
The fourth official is Martin Atkinson. I am pretty sure he just
tested his bald with David Silva's number. Here is David Silva.
It has got to be injured perfect, that kind of ball. Three big centre
halves in there. Actually, it is Aduriz who is hobbling off, who has
come on. The substitute is substituted.
Good athleticism from Juanfran but not the result he was looking for.
The first time I have seen del Bosque in his technical area. I have
to say, Antonio Conte is expressive. He covers some yardage down there. I
have been watching him. Insigne just crowded out of it. That
was a foul from Giaccherini. An apology from Giaccherini. A
substitution can be made for Italy. Florenzi is coming off. I think he
has been really impressed with him. Good going forward, good discipline,
good energy. He can be very pleased with his evening's work, as they all
can, actually, but I have been really impressed with him.
Spain Italy is a heavyweight fixture which invokes memories of great
games over the years. Lorenzo Insigne, beautifully done! De Gea.
Right behind it and straight at him actually.
David Silva forward. Now Pedro. A very good volley clearance.
Brilliant clearance. That flicked off Darmian's Spanish
throw. Into the last five minutes of normal time.
Like a bag full of ferrets, Spain have wriggled and squirmed and
fought, but they are still in the Italian bag. David Silva. A great
ball! A fantastic ball in. It is a corner. Pedro twice in the last
three or four minutes has threatened him behind. He was just a foot or
two away from that one. Just flicked off Barzagli. Fabregas in. Pelle
out. Not what Spain were looking for.
Pedro high and not very handsome. A bit wild for Pedro. It has been a
fascinating game, hasn't it? I think it has been a bit more even in the
second half. Sitting here now an 86, 87 minutes, so impressed with the
Italians. An absolutely superb performance. Full of grit,
determination, quality, tactically perfect. They have done a real job
on Spain today, so far. Sergio Ramos has gone forward.
Iniesta. Fabregas. Holding off Pelle. Iniesta's flick back to
Fabregas. Might have been a little touch and Darmian made sure the
referee was aware of it. He has not had the influence on the game,
Fabregas, that we have seen him have in games before. He has been crowded
out a lot of the time. Not been given the time to dictate play and
play those passes forward that we know he can.
Fabregas, that was a foul and a yellow card for Thiago Motta. It is
a shame because Pedro had made a brilliant run in behind, and I think
the ball would have found him as well.
Oh, yeah! You can see why they are suggesting it could perhaps have
been more than a yellow card. Busquets, getting one for his
complaint. Thiago Motta is out of the quarterfinal, assuming Italy go
through. They might, though, Pique! Bouffant! -- Buffon. Gianluigi
Buffon, one of the greats, one of the absolute great, with a game
saving stop. could be the last chance. A man of
his quality would expect to score. Not quite done yet, Spain. De
Sciglio behind, it is a corner. Oh, it is just superb goalkeeping. Great
instincts. It has been a David de Gea masterclass but that might be
the most crucial of them all. And they can break, here, with a minimum
of four added minutes. And we are into them. Insigne. Thiago Motta.
Insigne. Well played. That is a wonderful ball and Darmian, with
Pelle in the middle. Pelle! Done and dusted!
Italian revenge is sweet! Thrashed in Kiev in the final of Euro 2012,
Italy have knocked Spain out of Euro 2016.
If there's one player who deserves a gold night, it is that man, Pelle.
He been absolutely sensational. He has worked tirelessly, held the ball
up, made good runs. What a great finish. Thoroughly deserved. It is a
good pick out from Darmian. A little bit of luck with the deflection but
smashes it home, no chance for David de Gea. Game over. 60 seconds
earlier, Pique has got a shot from five yards out against Gianluigi
Buffon. Wonderful display from Antonio
Conte's team. Chiellini away. He is hugging everybody down there. He
will be in the crowd in a minute. Leigh was on top of the dugout after
they scored! He is a jack in the box, no question. They have deserved
it, though, haven't they? They really have. Absolutely. Fabregas
forward. David Silva. But Chiellini away.
Italy, after a feud lean years, are very serious contenders again. But
for Spain, it seems like the magic is really now beginning to fade.
Yeah, they have been outmuscled, outclassed. They have had a go
second half, Spain, give them some credit for that but only on occasion
have they threatened. Italy have had the best chances, been dominant in
huge portions of the game. David Silva on Chiellini. Yellow
card shown to David Silva. FULL-TIME WHISTLE
After eight years, the champions of Europe are dethroned! Italy march
into the last eight of Euro 2016 and deservedly so.
Chiellini with the first, Pelle with the second. De Gea's heroics for
Spain come to nothing and in the end, the best and biggest slave of
them all -- save them all was Gianluigi Buffonto deny Pique right
at the end. Italy are back and it has finished in the Stade de France,
Italy 2-0 Spain. Yes, Italy are through to the
quarterfinals, beating the defending champions, this is the first time
Spain have lost a knockout match at the European Championships or World
Cup since 2006. The Spanish novels and lost back-to-back games at the
Euros for the first time since 1998 and much of the credit will go to
that man, Antonio Conte's master plan certainly worked. It is Spain
's sixth consecutive defeat as a major tournament while playing in
white. I think they might change when a next tournament comes around.
Italy meet Germany on Saturday night in the quarterfinals and the Germans
have never beaten them in eight meetings at major tournaments. That
said, the Germans did defeat the at story 4-1 in a friendly earlier this
year. -- the Azzurri. Congratulations, Gianluca, terrific
performance from the Italians. And deserved. Yes, absolutely. I think
we should not get fooled by what happened in the last 20 minutes in
the game, when we started defending a bit too deeply and we probably
drop the intensity but we raised the concentration. I thought we deserved
to win and I get a say that we won quite comfortable, each of been 2-0,
3-0, we should have killed them. It was 2-0! Three or four, then. We had
a plan and the execution was perfect. We looked mentally and
physically much fresher and tactically, we were superior. They
looked clueless and I think they looked surprised. Finally, they
found a team who could control the game and take it away from them. I
want to say something about that Italian side. I love the
togetherness, the way they are together since the first game
against Belgium, when they celebrated that win like they won
the tournament. There is something special, there. You see the way the
boss is celebrating, the way the guys on the... Even this! Even this!
It is going to become a ritual. 38 years old, after 159 caps. I did not
see another team yet having what they have in terms of togetherness.
I don't know what you think, Vincent, but almost like a dream,
you would love to play in that team, it's amazing. For people who don't
watch football every day, the word tactic is sometimes seen as a
mystical term but if you watch the Italian team today, you understand
what tactics is all about. They took the strength away from a team, and
almost used it against them. For me, I enjoyed watching this, really. So
that is it, too - zero, the second goal was a long time coming and
Gianluca was sweating right through to the last 20 minutes or so but a
great breakaway. Yes and we showed that we still had the energy to go
from one box to the other in a very short space of time. Look at the
number of players we are sending forward. Pelle is in the middle but
then coming up on the right, we have got another player and we are
talking about three minutes to go. And then Pelle was in the middle.
Very similar goal to the one he scored before. It might be pure
coincidence but Insigne gives the ball to Darmian, and they both just
came on and Pelle was in the box, breaks his neck to make sure he can
go into the box and it's a goal. It is simple when you say it but they
can do it. They did the same thing against Belgium, almost a similar
goal, the way Pelle finished. But listen, they are amazing. The key is
that we realise our limitations. We have not got a great deal of talent
so we need to play as a unit with great spirit. That is our strength.
And you relied on every player, even Gianluigi Buffon right at the end.
Just before the goal, when it was 1-0, a vital save. It's a great
save, how many times have we seen him do it? Pique is all within the
right spot in the last minutes of the games, but this guy, it is
instinct, it is quality, I think he has done it for so many years. What
a great goalkeeper. Listen, that is the only opportunity from Spain. The
clear one, yes. And how did it come? A long ball and they missed header
by Barzagli and then Pique is there, you don't even know why but that is
the only thing they had to do, Spain. If you came in a bit late,
let's mind you how Italy took the lead in the first half, through a
free kick. -- you. Look at this, four Italian players going for the
rebound and only Pique is there. Spain should have done better but
they are not ready. We talked about it before, I don't understand what
Pique is looking at, what Iniesta is pointing out, what David de Gea is
doing, also, not at that time, not at that time, when Eder is about to
strike the ball. You do that before, two Italian players, you know they
are going to bridge the wall but you have do deal with it before, make
sure they don't get the space and as you mentioned, the four Italians,
the desire was there but long before, against Belgium, we already
saw the desired. We saw Antonio Conte's reaction to the first goal
and he is quite a character, feisty personality, a couple of examples of
his touchline histrionics. This was the winning goal, of course. He
works so hard. A bit of frustration! This one... That is the winning
goal. Where is he going? It is like Buffon. He has got every
reason to be pleased. His tactical masterplan work to a tee. He's been
fantastic. I have been in tournaments, when you start well and
you win, don't get me wrong but when you see, generally, the guys on the
bench being happy, the kit man, the doctor, the guy from the press or
whoever, they are all celebrating the goal, there is a genuine
happiness about whoever scores. It is about Italy first and foremost.
That is it and you see it in their eyes, amazing. Italy through to the
quarterfinals and no one fancied them at this tournament. Belgium in
the next round! Hang on. Let's not tempt fate! Not at this point. But
congratulations, we are all thrilled for you, well done and you could
possibly go all the way, couldn't you? We might be the new Leicester!
The national team version. We are wearing the right colours. I'm not
sure you are quite 5000-1 outsiders. 16-1, I think. In all fairness, it
looks like you are going to do an Italian job on the tournament. You
could do. We are just about out of time. Great to see you, Vincent,
TME, Gianluca. We will have full commentary of England against
Iceland on Radio 5Live and the BBC sport website. At half-time, head to
the match of the database but Page to chat with Alan Shearer and
Jermaine Jenas. We will have highlights on BBC One later this
evening. The next live game will be on Friday when Wales take on Belgium
at seven 30p on BBC One. Italy have beaten the defending champions,
Spain. This tournament is so unpredictable that England might
just beat Iceland. Goodbye. It has been called a final played too soon.
Pelle, good save by de Gea. Giaccherini! Brilliant save again.
Eder! Italy are in front! Chiellini scores! Giaccherini can try! Oh!
Morata! Pique! Pelle! Done and dusted! The champions of Europe are