Belgium vs Italy LIVE: Roberto Martinez’s men hunting an equaliser in Euro 2020 quarter-final after Romelu Lukaku’s penalty gave them a lifeline following strikes by Lorenzo Insigne and Nicolo Barella
- Italy see early Leonardo Bonucci strike ruled out for offside after VAR check
- But Nicolo Barella soon fired Italy ahead 14 minutes before half-time in Munich
- Lorenzo Insigne added an excellent second a minute before the break
- But Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back from the penalty spot seconds later
- Belgium starting XI: Courtois, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Meunier (Chadli) (Praet), Tielemans (Mertens), Witsel, Thorgan Hazard, Doku, De Bruyne, Lukaku
- Italy starting XI: Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola (Emerson), Barella, Jorginho, Verratti (Cristante), Chiesa, Immobile (Belotti), Insigne (Berardi)
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87min: Time running out for Belgium and they have a nightmare scenario here. Looking for a goal against an Italian side, who have now looked to shut up shop. Let’s face it, you would trust no one better in the world to protect a lead. If any side in international football knows how to see a game out, it’s those pesky Italians.
84min: Good effort from Doku. The Belgian cuts inside dangerously from the left but his rising drive from the edge of the box is just over the crossbar.
81min: With so many changes and injuries in the last 10 minutes, this game has hit a bit of a lull. I’m expecting some significant stoppage time to be added here as Belgium look to regroup in a desperate attempt to force an equaliser and extra time.
79min: As Spinazzola departs on a stretcher, he is replaced by Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri, while Italy also throw on Domenico Berardi for Lorenzo Insigne.
77min: Big, big moment this for Italy. One of their tournament’s star men in Leonardo Spinazzola has pulled up injured and immediately called for a change after appearing to pull a muscle when going on a sprint. Calf or hamstring, it appears his night, and possibly his tournament, has come to an end.
74min: Italy replace Ciro Immobile and Marco Verratti with Andrea Belotti and Bryan Cristante, while a distraught Chadli lasts barely three minutes before being replaced by Dennis Praet.
72min: Straight into the action comes Chadli, whose deflected low cross bounces up and loops just over Lukaku just a couple of yards out.
It may be his only action though, as he now goes down injured and it looks like he won’t able to continue…
70min: And on they both come, replacing Touri Tielemans and Thomas Meunier respectively.
68min: Double change on the way for Belgium, with Dries Mertens and Nacer Chadli preparing to come on, as Italy attempt to restore some control to the midfield.
65min: One of the players of the tournament is Spinazzola surely? He then nearly does the damage at the other end of the field, firing just wide for Roberto Manicini’s side.
62min: That last update nearly aged like milk! Jeremy Doku releases De Bruyne into the box on the left, who squares a low ball across goal to the back post.
Lukaku only needs to tap home, but somehow Leonardo Spinazzola manages to block the steriker’s effort from a couple of yards out. Italy defenders congratulate Spinazzola like he has sscored a goal.
59min: It’s not quite happening for Belgium as we approach the hour mark. I wonder if Roberto Martinez is pondering some changes.
56min: Excellent from Doku, whose burst of acceleration takes him past a flat-footed defender into the box, before his low cut-back is well intercepted and gathered by Gianluigi Donnarumma at the second attempt.
53min: And still it’s not clicking. Toby Alderweireld even joins up the attack from the back but in trying to bring the ball into the Italy box can only lift it out for a goal kick. More possession for Roberto Martinez’s side now though.
50min: Like the first half, I just about make Italy the team on top so far. Belgium’s attack hasn’t quite got going since the break.
47min: Half-chance for Italy at the start of the half, with Federico Chiesa slightly off balance as he fires wide from 25 yards out.
Cracking game this. It’s a shame the first half ended when it did given those two quickfire strikes, including that brilliance from Insigne.
We already know Patrik Schick has won goal of the tournament, but the Italian’s strike I think is certainly a top three contender.
Players are back out in Munich – more of the first half please, chaps…
45+2min: Romelu Lukaku immediately gets Belgium back into the game with a powerful strike down the middle with his penalty for his fourth goal of the tournament (one behind leading scorer Cristiano Ronaldo.)
45+1min: Lifeline for Belgium though as Giovanni di Lorenzo gives Jeremy Doku a needless push inside the box.
44min: Stunning – what a goal! This is one of the best strikes of the tournament so far. Lorenzo Insigne skips a challenge, cuts inside and from 25 yards out curls a fabulous strike across goal into the top corner that Thibaut Courtois was not going to get to in a month of Sundays.
43min: Italy again! Leonardo Spinazzola finds Ciro Immobile inside the six-yard box, but his eventual shot on goal is blocked.
41min: It’s Italy with the next attacking threat though. Belgium clear an Italy corner but only as far as Federico Chiesa, whose 25-yard curling effort is just wide of the post.
40min: Belgium pushing for an equaliser at the end of the first half, but now they are struggling to create the same openings that produced decent efforts from De Bruyne and Lukaku earlier.
34min: I would say on the balance of play that goal is just about deserved for Italy. Belgium have struggled to battle in the midfield so far, but of course this match is far from settled.
31min: This one counts for Italy though! Chiesa intercepts a sloppy Belgium clearance before finding Nicolo Barella inside the box, who pushes his way past a couple of defenders before slotting home across goal.
28min: Back down the other end we go! Federico Chiesa gets inside the Belgium box before having a shot which is heavily deflected towards goal, where Thibaut Courtois is on hand to adjust and gather.
25min: That slow start already seems like a long time ago now. It’s been a cracking end to end game since the disallowed goal.
Belgium break through De Bruyne as voices and expectations rise inside the stadium before he finds Lukaku.
The striker tries to twist and turn the backpedalling Chiellini before angling a low shot across goal towards the bottom corner that Donnarumma is again at full stretch to put behind.
22min: Top save from Gianluigi Donnarumma who leaps well to his right at full stretch to parry away an excellent top corner bound effort from Kevin de Bruyne.
Meanwhile, Marco Verratti is booked for a cynical foul on Youri Tielemans.
Either way though, Bonucci was clearly offside – although Chiellini could have been in the build up too as the ball was swung in by Insignie.
16min: Back come Belgium after Youri Tielemans’ long range strike is deflected behind for their third corner already tonight, but the Italians once again mop up the danger.
13min: The game very nearly sparks into life! Lorenzo Insigne’s free-kick into the box looks like it either goes all the way across goal into the far corner or takes a touch on the way through.
But either way Italy’s celebrations are cut short after Giorgio Chiellini is correctly flagged offside having attempted to play the ball on the way through.
9min: Not see too much from Italy yet. Although to be fair, Belgium have not exactly come flying out the blocks. Let’s hope this is just the simmer before the boil.
6min: Lukaku is again found just inside the box, but this time blasts just over the bar, although the offside flag had already been raised against him.
3min: First moment of the match though falls for Belgium, with Romelu Lukaku briefly free inside the box before his shot on goal is blocked.
Pleasant to see it’s not just me who has nothing but praise for the Italian national anthem.
Here is a reminder of the teams as tonight’s second semi-final gets underway:
Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, Thorgan Hazard, Doku, De Bruyne, Lukaku.
Subs: Boyata, Carrasco, Sels, Mertens, Denayer, Dendoncker, Benteke, Chadli, Batshuayi, Trossard, Praet, Kaminski.
Italy: Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola, Barella, Jorginho, Verratti, Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne.
Subs: Sirigu, Locatelli, Belotti, Berardi, Pessina, Emerson Palmieri, Acerbi, Cristante, Bernardeschi, Bastoni, Toloi, Meret.
Referee: Slavko Vincic (Slovenia)
Italy may be unbeaten in their last 31, (a national record) but Belgium themselves have only lost once in 27 games (against England a couple of years ago). Something has to give as the incredible Italian anthem bellows around Munich… It’s one of the top three in the world isn’t it?
Kevin De Bruyne, Chelsea’s divisive midfielder Jorginho and flying full-back Leonardo Spinazzola make the cut in our Belgium v Italy combined XI… but who joins the Man City maestro and Romelu Lukaku in attack?
Roberto Martinez’s side and Roberto Mancini’s outfit are jam-packed with talent but who makes the cut in Sportsmail’s combined XI ahead of kick-off tonight?
Spain are THROUGH to the semi-final after defeating Switzerland
Spain have come from behind in a penalty shootout to see off Switzerland on penalty kicks, and they will now face either Belgium or Italy in a Wembley semi-final on Tuesday. The live action and the match report to come below…
They have a good excuse though – as they are warming up at the Allianz Arena.
Switzerland vs Spain, LIVE: Follow all the Euro 2020 action here
And after two hours of football still nothing separates Switzerland and Spain as the Swiss hold out with 10 men to force a penalty shootout…
…you can follow that shootout live on the link below. Remember the winner faces either Belgium or Italy in the semi-final.
BELGIUM VS ITALY – TACTICAL PREVIEW – Can the returning Chiellini stifle Lukaku? And can Roberto Martinez’s men finally end their hoodoo in the quarter-final?
We may have the answer to the fitness of De Bruyne and Eden Hazard, but check out the other tactical batttles heading into this clash.
Both Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard were rated as 50-50 before the game following injuries in the 1-0 win over Portugal, but while De Bruyne is passed fit, Hazard fails to make the squad. Replacing him in the starting XI is Jeremy Doku.
Italy make two changes to the 2-1 extra time win over Austria, as Federico Chiesa’s late heroics in the clash see him replace Domenico Berardi in attack, while veteran centre-back Giorgio Chiellini returns from injury to replace Francesco Acerbi.
LIVE: Switzerland vs Spain – follow all the Euro 2020 action here
Good news for either Belgium or Italy. After their respective extra-time exploits in the last-16, Spain and Switzerland are now heading into another additional 30 minutes in Saint Petersburg. There’s been a red card too in that game which you can follow below.
LIVE: Switzerland vs Spain, Euro 2020 – follow all the action here
We already have one quarter-final underway, with Switzerland and Spain at loggerheads in Saint Petersburg. Been a decent encounter as we enter the final 15 minutes which you can follow live on the below link.
The other two quarter-finals take place tomorrow, with Czech Republic taking on Denmark in Baku, while England face Ukraine in Rome.
Or ‘bianco’ as they might say in Italy. Quite why anyone thinks there is a colour clash between red and blue is beyond me. Just no need for it. Oh, the commercial department….
Of course you may recall England defeated Germany in the last-16, knocking Joachim Low’s side out of the competition. The show goes on in Munich though, albeit it is the final night of the competition in the country as Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena headlines this quarter-final.
Been an excellent day in the German city, with temperatures hovering around 20 degrees Celsius.
If the last-16’s shocks, abundance of goals and England’s victory over Germany hasn’t already got you sucked into this tournament then I don’t know what will quite frankly.
But if we are still trying then this might to do the trick. Two of the European Championship’s favourites clash at the Allianz Arena as Belgium take on Italy. Welcome to our live coverage of the 8pm kick-off.
Belgium and Italy face off in a Euro 2020 quarter-final at the Allianz Arena, looking to reach the last four of the tournament.
Roberto Mancini’s team head into the game off the back of a 31-match unbeaten run but face arguably their biggest test of the tournament so far.
Belgium have looked impressive at the European Championship and in the previous round dumped out defending champions Portugal.
Follow Sportsmail’s DAN RIPLEY for live Euro 2020 coverage of Belgium vs Italy, including build-up, team news and updates.
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