MATCH REPORT: Italy booked a place in the Euro 2020 semi finals with a magnificent 2-1 victory over Belgium in a high-calibre showdown in Munich - but who was their star man?
- 2nd Half
- SpinazzolaEmerson Palmieri79'
- 1st Half
- Lukaku (P)45'
Belgium - Italy
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- End of 2nd Half
FT: Belgium 1-2 Italy. Barella and Insigne fire the Azzurri into the semi finals. Lukaku pulled one back from the spot but it's Mancini's men who will meet Spain in the last four at Wembley on Tuesday.
All hands to the pump for Italy, Belgium overlap down the right but Chiellini is there to head clear. Italy are all-but there now as the resulting corner comes to nothing.
Donnarumma calls for some treatment. That will waste a few more seconds. Italy are SO close now.
Donnarumma comes for De Bruyne's re-take and flaps at it. The ball falls for Belgium, but the referee gives the Italians a free kick. Let off.
Five minutes added.
- OffFederico ChiesaItaly
- OnRafael TolóiItaly
ITALY CHANGE: Chiesa off, Toloi on.
- Yellow cardDomenico BerardiItaly
Berardi booked for charging down de Bruyne's free kick. He was not 10 yards away!
De Bruyne tripped 25 yards out and slightly left of centre.
Time running out for Belgium. They continue to press but Italy are digging deep.
More mesmerising foot work from Doku but Jorginho steps in at a crucial moment inside his own box to win the ball and bring Italy away.
Will Insigne's wonder-strike prove decisive or will there be a late plot twist?
CLOSE! Doku charges in from the left, jinks past a challenge but sizzles a shot from 22 yards out just over the top. He's been excellent tonight.
- OffLeonardo SpinazzolaItaly
- OnEmerson PalmieriItaly
ITALY CHANGE: Emerson on for the injured Spinazzola, who leaves the pitch on a stretcher.
- OffLorenzo InsigneItaly
- OnDomenico BerardiItaly
ITALY CHANGE: Insigne off, Berardi on.
Spinazzola is almost in tears. His tournament could well be over.
Spinazzola pulls up charging down the wing. That's not good news for Italy. It looks like a muscle pull.
Lukaku looks to get a shot away from distance but it's well blocked and the ball runs harmlessly through to Donnarumma.
- OffCiro ImmobileItaly
- OnAndrea BelottiItaly
ITALY CHANGE: Immobile off, Belotti on.
- OffMarco VerrattiItaly
- OnBryan CristanteItaly
ITALY CHANGE: Verratti off, Cristante on.
- OffNacer ChadliBelgium
- OnDennis PraetBelgium
BELGIUM CHANGE: Praet on for the injured Chadli.
Play stopped as Chadli receives treatment for a problem. He's only just come on too.
CLOSE! Chadli almost makes an instant impact. His deflected cross-shot on the left side of the box loops into the air but just misses Lukaku's head as he rose to try and nod it home.
- OffThomas MeunierBelgium
- OnNacer ChadliBelgium
BELGIUM CHANGE: Chadli on for Meunier.
- OffYouri TielemansBelgium
- OnDries MertensBelgium
BELGIUM CHANGE: Mertens on for Tielemans.
Insigne has a pop from a similar position to where he scored in the first period but he can't get the height his time and Courtois fumbles it clear.
Immobile peels free on the far left of the area but falls over trying an acrobatic shot from the right-wing cross.
That Belgium chance...
CLOSE! Spinazzola finds himself deep in Belgium territory but can't guide his shot on target.
HOW? Belgium should be level. Spinazzola somehow gets his leg in the way to deny Lukaku a tap-in at the far post after Doku and de Bruyne had carved Italy open on the left.
Doku continues to be Belgium's main threat. His pace and directness is causing Italy some concern on that left side,. He goes on another run and only the referee knows how it isn't a free kick when it takes two to halt him by the touchline.
CLOSE! Doku darts beyond a challenge and gets to that left byline. He fizzes a low ball towards the near post but no red shirt is there and Donnarumma survives fumbling it to safety.
No sign of Belgium as an attacking force as of yet in this half. How long until Martinez turns to the bench?
DID YOU KNOW? Italy’s three most recent quarter-final appearances have all been decided by a penalty shoot-out - losing to Spain in 2008, beating England in 2012 and losing to Germany in 2016.
Italy making the very early running at the start of this second period. Chiesa slides into a shot on the stretch on the edge of the box but can't guide it on target.
VIDEO: Insigne makes it two.
- 2nd Half
KICK OFF! Italy get this high-quality contest back underway.
- End of 1st Half
HT: Belgium 1-2 Italy.
- Goal by penaltyRomelu LukakuBelgium
GOAL! Lukaku reduces the arrears as he rifles his spot kick down the middle with Donnarumma diving to his right.
VAR checks... but the spot kick stands.
PENALTY TO BELGIUM! Di Lorenzo penalised for catching Doku as he raced towards the byline.
- GoalLorenzo InsigneItaly
GOAL! Insigne cuts in from the left and surges forward before curling a wonderful shot beyond the reach of Courtois and into the far corner.
Immobile has the ball in the area. He has options but refuses to pass and sees his shot on the stretch blocked.
CLOSE! Belgium struggle to clear their lines from a right-wing corner and Chiesa almost punishes them with a delicious curler that arcs just wide of the post.
De Bruyne doing his best to take the game by the scruff of the neck and prompt a Belgium recovery. He fends off three on the right but Italy's defence stand firm to repel his deflected cross.
VIDEO: Barella opens the scoring
Italy are looking so assured now. Belgium's early zip seems to have fizzled out. Plenty for Martinez to ponder if it stays like this up to the break.
- GoalNicolò BarellaItaly
GOAL! Verratti picks up the ball from a poor Belgium clearance and feeds Barella inside the box on the right. He faces two defenders but manages to wriggle away and rifle a low shot into the corner.
Italy respond. Chiesa surges in from the left but his deflected shot falls very kindly for Courtois. It could have gone anywhere. Italy come again. Insigne finds space just outside the box on the left, drops his shoulder and curls just over. A good spell for the Azzurri.
CLOSE! De Bruyne spins into space just outside his own area and rampages down the middle. He feeds Lukaku to his right, who shimmies as he charges into the area and looks to guide a low shot into the far corner, but Donnarumma is there to parry once more.
As ever, Roger Federer is a class act after seeing his nation downed by Spain in today's other quarter final.
Once again VAR rips apart that initial emotional high.
SAVE! Donnarumma flings himself to his right to tip away de Bruyne's sizzling 25-yard strike.
- Yellow cardYouri TielemansBelgium
Seconds later, Tielemans clatters into the back of Verratti and the Italian wants a yellow in return. He gets his wish. Tielemans is booked.
- Yellow cardMarco VerrattiItaly
Marco Verratti cautioned.
VIDEO: Bonucci's goal ruled out by VAR.
BRILLIANT BELGIUM: Since Martinez's first match in charge in September 2016, the Red Devils have won more games (47) and netted more goals (175) than any other European country.
Belgium get off the hook for some sloppy defending from the set piece there. They've been the better side but almost got caught cold.
GOAL CHALKED OFF BY VAR! Insigne whips a free kick in from the right and it's bundled home by Bonucci. VAR checks and there's an offside in there. Still 0-0.
H2H: This is the fifth match between the teams at a major tournament, but the first in the knockout stage. Italy have won three of the previous four encounters at a major tournament, drawing the other.
We've barely seen anything of Italy as an attacking force. It's been all Belgium, but it's obviously very early days.
OPTA STAT: Jérémy Doku (19 years old, 36 days old) becomes the youngest player to start a major tournament knockout match with Belgium, edging out Divock Origi (19 years old and 74 days old) at the 2014 World Cup.
Lukaku races towards a raking ball over the top, chests it down and lashes a deflected shot over from the far right side of the area. The flag goes up as he made the run a fraction too early, but more certainly more reasons to be positive for the Red Devils.
The corner comes to nothing but there's an exciting tempo to Belgium in these fledgling moments.
Lukaku's pace into the left channel causes Italy concern once again. It's left for Donnarumma to mop up an awkward back pass, but he can't prevent the corner.
CLOSE! Lukaku spins on to a ball forward, holds off Chiellini but can't get there ahead of Donnarumma.
- 1st Half
KICK OFF! Belgium get this quarter-final showdown up and running.
FIVE MINUTE WARNING. The players are out and the anthems are underway. Let's hope this match is decided by some genius rather than spot kicks.
The winner of this clash will meet Spain in the semi final after La Roja edged out 10-man Switzerland on penalties.
Thorgan Hazard: "Italy will be the toughest opponent we've met so far. They've had a good run of wins and it will be a nice challenge for us to end that sequence. Their style may suit us more than Portugal. They are enterprising so we may be able to profit from the open spaces, but it definitely won't be any easier."
Giorgio Chiellini on Romelu Lukaku: "It will be difficult to face Lukaku; but I’m sure both me and him will sleep well tonight! We have a great deal of respect for Lukaku because he had a great season at Inter and he became a dominant player. But it's almost an insult to only talk about Lukaku when you see how many quality players that Belgium have."
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Analysis: Belgium are awash with talented players. However, in their last-16 clash with Portugal, Roberto Martinez’s side were naïve, writes Grace Robertson.
Roberto Martinez: "Italy will attack from the very first second; they will be very structured and dynamic. Every player knows his role. The game against Portugal was a game that could have been played a lot further down the line; usually players don't play these physical and intense games at this stage of the tournament."
Roberto Mancini: "We will have to see how the game evolves, we could change something during the game if things are not going as we have planned. I’m sure it will be a beautiful match with the team making one mistake less than the other probably winning it because I think it will be a really even game."
So, it's one change for Belgium. Eden Hazard is OUT (hamstring) and the Real Madrid forward's place is taken by Jeremy Doku. That means KDB has been passed fit despite worries over an ankle issue.
Italy make two from the win over Austria. Skipper Giorgio Chiellini returns from injury to replace Francesco Acerbi in defence. Federico Chiesa is rewarded for his goal off the bench versus the Austrians and comes in for Domenico Berardi.
CONFIRMED TEAMS – BELGIUM: Courtois; Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen; Meunier, Witsel, Tielemans, T. Hazard; De Bruyne, Doku, Lukaku... Subs: Kaminski, Sels, Boyata, Denayer, Carrasco, Mertens, Dendoncker, Chadli, Praet, Benteke, Batshuayi, Trossard. /// ITALY: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Insigne, Immobile... Subs: Sirigu, Meret, Emerson, Acerbi, Bastoni, Toloi, Locatelli, Pessina, Cristante, Belotti, Berardi, Bernardeschi.
BREAKING: Kevin de Bruyne STARTS for Belgium.
Hello and welcome to LIVE updates of what is the tie of the quarter final stage at Euro 2020. The number one side in the FIFA rankings, Belgium take on dark horses Italy, who have not been beaten in a national record 31-match run. Something has to give in this mouth-watering battle of international heavyweights. Kick off in Munich is 20:00 BST.