Spain will play in the Nations League final next Sunday in Milan. La Roja beat Italy 2-1 on Wednesday at the San Siro in their first semi-final.
Holy European champions this summer in London, Roberto Mancini’s Squadra Azzurra ended up bowing out, after an impressive run of 37 games unbeaten. Italy’s last setback is on September 10, 2018, against Portugal, already in the League of Nations.
The dismissal in the 42nd minute for Leonardo Bonucci’s defensive column for a second warning will have a lot of weight in the end. Five minutes later, in first-half injury time, Ferran Torres signed 2-0 for Spain.
Double for Ferran Torres
The Manchester City striker concluded an impressive team performance with a header, receiving a cross from Oyarzabal. The same two men were the origins of Luis Enrique’s first goal in the 17th minute, as Ferran Torres beat Gianluigi Donnarumma with his right foot.
Deprived of the ball in numerical inferiority, Italy fought to the end to continue its unbeaten streak. Even Lorenzo Pellegrini scored the goal of hope in the 83rd minute, with a counter-attack led alongside Federico Chiesa after a Spanish corner kick. But Spain resisted to the end.
Thus, La Roja avenges the last European Nations Cup semi-final, which Squadra Azzurra won on penalties on July 6 in London. Luis Enrique’s men will compete against Belgium or France next Sunday in the Nations League final, which is still in San Siro.