Euro 2020 - Roberto Mancini insists Austria game tougher than Belgium or Portugal quarter-final clash
Roberto Mancini was full of praise for his Italy side after they beat Austria in extra-time to reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2020. Austria pushed Italy all the way and there were fervent celebrations at pitch-side when the full-time whistle eventually blew. “I knew this was going to be tough, probably tougher than the quarter-final," Mancini said after the win.
Roberto Mancini, head coach of Italy celebrates the win during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Round of 16 match between Italy and Austria at Wembley Stadium at Wembley Stadium on June 26, 2021 in London, United Kingdom.
He added: “We were tired but we knew how to suffer. We knew from the start that it was going to be complicated, but the boys did everything to win."
Italy could play Portugal or Belgium in the quarter-finals, with both sides impressing during the group stages.
Asked who Italy would prefer to face, Mancini replied: “I knew this was going to be tough, probably tougher than the quarter-final.”
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Leonardo Bonucci of Italy and teammates celebrate after victory in the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Round of 16 match between Italy and Austria at Wembley Stadium at Wembley Stadium on June 26, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by
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Federico Chiesa and Matteo Pessina came off the bench to inspire Italy to a dramatic win in extra-time.
Sasa Kalajdzic pulled one back for Austria to make for a nervy ending for Italy and end their run of 1,1168 minutes without conceding a goal.