Euro 2020 HIGHLIGHTS: Italy defeat Belgium 2-1 to reach semi-finals

Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini of Italy celebrate after defeating Belgium 2-1 in the quarters to set up a semi-final clash against Spain
In the first quarterfinal of Euro 2020, Spain defeated Switzerland at Saint Petersburg in Russia on Friday. In the second quarterfinal, Italy beat Belgium to reach the semi-finals. Spain and Italy will now clash in the first semi-final of Euro 2020 on July 7, 2021, in London. 

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Mikel Oyarzabal held his nerves to score the crucial penalty as Spain entered the semi-finals of the ongoing Euro Cup after beating Switzerland 3-1 on penalties on Friday.

The match had gone to penalties after their last-eight tie had ended in a 1-1 draw. Even the extra time wasn't able to separate the two sides before it all came down to the penalty shootouts for deciding the winner.

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In the match, it was a dream start for Spain as the side took the lead within eight minutes of the play. Jordi Alba's shot from range took a big deflection off Denis Zakaria. It was the tenth own goal of the ongoing Euro Cup.

Switzerland kept fighting hard for the equaliser however the side wasn't able to find one as the game stood 1-0 at half-time.

Switzerland even replaced Breel Embolo with Ruben Vargas in the 23rd minute but that didn't change the fortune of the side.

Switzerland's Steven Zuber vies for the ball with Spain's Aymeric Laporte, right, during the Euro 2020 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Switzerland and Spain at Saint Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg

The second half started with Switzerland searching for the equaliser and captain Xherdan Shaqiri came to the rescue. The Switzerland skipper scored on his weaker right foot to give his side the equaliser in the 68th minute.

With 13 minutes remaining, Switzerland midfielder Remo Freuler received a red card, however, it didn't stop the side from pressing hard and the game went into the extra time with a 1-1 score.

In the extra time, Yann Sommer's vital saves ensured that Spain didn't get the lead as the match went into the penalty shootout.

Spain will play Italy for a place in the Euro Cup final.

Belgium vs Italy FINAL SCORE

FULL TIME: Belgium 1 | 2 Italy

79th minute: Italy loses Spinazzola to injury

45+2 minute: Romelu Lukaku scores a penalty just before half time to make 2-1

44 minute: Lorenzo Insigne makes it 2-0 for Italy

31 minute: Nicolo Barella scores for Italy

Belgium vs Italy video highlights

Spain vs Switzerland FINAL SCORE | Read full story here

Spain win 3-1 in penalty shootout to progress to the semi-final of Euro 2020

EXTRA TIME: Spain 1 | 1 Switzerland

77 minute: Red card for Remo Freuler of Switzerland

68th minute: Xherdan Shaqiri equalises for Switzerland

8th minute: Spain is ahead in first quarterfinal thanks to a deflection from Zakaria into his own goal post.

Jordi Alba whips in a ferocious left-footed half-volley from just outside the box after Koke's outswinging pass from the right travels right through the packed penalty area. Zakaria extends his leg to deflect the effort away from Sommer, but he can only direct it past the hapless goalkeeper.

Euro 2020: Spain vs Switzerland quartefinal video highlights

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