Belgium v Italy, 02 July 2021

Score2-1 to Italy
RefereeSlavko Vinčić
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Quarter-final
VenueAllianz Arena, Munich
Attendance12,984
Kick-off: 9.00pm local Attendance limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. Assistant referees: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN) and Andraž Kovačič (SVN) Fourth official: Fernando Rapallini (ARG) Video Assistant Referee: Bastian Dankert (GER) This was match no. 46 of the pan-Europe Euro 2020 tournament. This was the fifth meeting at a major tournament (Italy won four and drawn one), but the first in a knockout stage. Managers Roberto Martínez and Roberto Mancini were in charge of Wigan Athletic and Manchester City respectively at the FA Cup Final in 2013. While Martínez led the Latics to their only major trophy, Mancini left City two days later.

1  Belgium

Manager: Roberto Martínez

2  Italy

Manager: Roberto Mancini

Goals:

Romelu Lukaku penalty 45 P

Goals:

Nicolò Barella 31 G
Lorenzo Insigne 44 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois
Defender Thomas Meunier
Defender Thomas Vermaelen
Defender/Midfielder Jan Vertonghen (captain)
Midfielder Thorgan Hazard
Midfielder Youri Tielemans
Midfielder Axel Witsel
Midfielder/Forward Kevin De Bruyne
Forward Jérémy Doku
Forward Romelu Lukaku

Starting lineup:

Defender Leonardo Bonucci
Defender Giorgio Chiellini (captain)
Defender/Midfielder Leonardo Spinazzola
Midfielder Nicolò Barella
Midfielder Jorginho
Midfielder Marco Verratti
Forward Federico Chiesa
Forward Ciro Immobile
Forward Lorenzo Insigne

Substitutions:

Dries Mertens for Youri Tielemans 69
Nacer Chadli for Thomas Meunier 69
Dennis Praet for Nacer Chadli 73

Substitutions:

Andrea Belotti for Ciro Immobile 74
Bryan Cristante for Marco Verratti 74
Domenico Berardi for Lorenzo Insigne 79
Emerson for Leonardo Spinazzola 79
Rafael Tolói for Federico Chiesa 90

Cards:

Youri Tielemans 21 Y

Cards:

Marco Verratti 20 Y
Domenico Berardi 90 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski
Goalkeeper Matz Sels
Defender Dedryck Boyata
Defender Jason Denayer
Defender/Midfielder Leander Dendoncker
Midfielder Yannick Carrasco
Midfielder Nacer Chadli
Midfielder Dennis Praet
Midfielder Leandro Trossard
Forward Michy Batshuayi
Forward Dries Mertens

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Alex Meret
Goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu
Defender Francesco Acerbi
Defender Emerson
Defender Rafael Tolói
Midfielder Bryan Cristante
Midfielder Manuel Locatelli
Midfielder Matteo Pessina
Midfielder/Forward Federico Bernardeschi
Forward Andrea Belotti

Comments:

Having won all ten of their qualifiers, this defeat ended Belgium's run of 14 consecutive wins in the UEFA European Championship. This was the fourth consecutive major tournament when Belgium had reached the quarter-finals; in 2014 FIFA World Cup beaten by Argentina, Euro 2016 lost against Wales and progressed to the semi-final at the 2018 FIFA World Cup with victory against Brazil. Aged 19 years and 36 days, Jéremy Doku became the youngest-ever player to start a knockout game at a major tournament for Belgium; previously Divock Origi versus USA in the Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup finals in 2014 (19 years and 74 days).

Comments:

Italy created a new competition record of winning 15 consecutive games in the UEFA European Championship (includes qualifiers and finals tournament). They extended their national records to 32 consecutive games without defeat and 13 wins in a row. Italy became the second team to win their first five games at a UEFA European Championship finals; also France in 1984. Leonardo Bonucci scored after 13 minutes but the goal was disallowed after a VAR review due to an offside decision.