Euro 2020: The Friday recap


Friday, July 2
Spain 1 Switzerland 1 (Spain wins 3-1 on penalties). (Goals: Own goal 8; Shaqiri 68.)

Spain didn't score the five goals it bagged in each of its last two matches. Its only goal against Switzerland came on an own goal and it couldn't score over the last 42 minutes after a red card to Swiss midfielder Remo Freuler.

Spain's misfiring extended to the shootout, where it missed its first and third attempts. But the Swiss missed three shots in a row to allow Spain to advance, 3-1, on penalty kicks.

10. Daniel Zakaria was credited with an own goal on Spain's goal in the eighth minute. Its was the 10th own goal at Euro 2020, more than were scored at the previous 15 European Championships combined.



Friday, July 2
Italy 2 Belgium 1. (Goals: Barella 31, Insigne 44; Lukaku 45+2.)

The rebirth of Italy's Azzurri continued with a 2-1 win over world No. 1 Belgium in their semifinal match.

Italy look advantage of lax Belgian defending to jump out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne. The Red Devils were fortunate to get back in the game right after Insigne's goal when they were awarded a penalty kick converted Romelu Lukaku just before halftime.

Italy's victory was costly, though. It lost Leonardo Spinazzola, one of the best defenders at Euro 2020, for the rest of the tournament when he broke his Achilles tendon.

5. Italy has won all five games at Euro 2020, becoming the first team since the 1984 France team to win five straight games at one European Championship.

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