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Euro 2020: Player ratings after Italy beat Spain on penalties in semi final

Italy and Spain played out a remarkable Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley on Wednesday night with the Azzurri progressing on penalties. 

Jorginho scored the winning spot kick but struggled for control in the game while Dani Olmo impressed on the losing side. 

Here, Sportsmail’s Tom Collomosse offers his verdict on the players with his ratings out of 10.  

Italy claimed victory over Spain on penalties in the Euro 2020 semi final at Wembley

ITALY (4-3-3)

GIANLUIGI DONNARUMMA 7

Good stop to deny Olmo from point-blank range but put his team in unnecessary trouble with two poor clearances. Key save from Morata in the shoot-out.

GIOVANNI DI LORENZO 6

Detailed to stop Torres and was ticked off by referee Brych for one hefty challenge on the Manchester City winger close to the touchline.

LEONARDO BONUCCI 7 – Booked

Would have been surprised not to have to mark his Juventus colleague Morata and had to adapt to the more elusive Olmo.

Leonardo Bonucci was solid in the heart of the Italian defence as ever for the Azzurri

Leonardo Bonucci was solid in the heart of the Italian defence as ever for the Azzurri

GIORGIO CHIELLINI 7

Turns 37 next month yet his appetite for the sharp end of competition remains. Rugged in the challenge but his passing was sometimes awry.

EMERSON PALMIERI 7

Chosen to deputise for the injured Leonardo Spinazzola and the Chelsea man created an early chance for Immobile. Deflected cross shot clipped bar.

NICOLO BARELLA 6

Was a fraction offside with a dangerous early run and was always energetic. Mistake let in Ferran Torres for a shot wide.

JORGINHO 5

Spain’s dominance of the ball took ‘The Professor’ out of his comfort zone and meant he had to help out in defence more than he would like.

Jorginho scored the winning penalty but lost control of the midfield against Spain

Jorginho scored the winning penalty but lost control of the midfield against Spain 

MARCO VERRATTI 6

Helped Jorginho run the show against Belgium but here wherever the Paris Saint Germain midfielder went, Koke followed him.

FEDERICO CHIESA 7

Busy night up and down the right flank duelling with Jordi Alba before scoring a fine goal on the break on the hour mark.

CIRO IMMOBILE 6

Delayed too long when Emerson teed him up after rounding goalkeeper Simon though he was always full of running despite being isolated.

LORENZO INSIGNE 7

Almost played in Immobile with a clever early free-kick. Good combinations with Emerson on the left.

Lorenzo Insigne combined well with Emerson but his chances were few and far between

Lorenzo Insigne combined well with Emerson but his chances were few and far between

SUBSTITUTES

Berardi 6 (Immobile, 61 min)

Pessina 6 (Verratti, 74min)

Toloi 5 (Emerson, 74min) – Booked

Belotti 6 (Insigne, 85min)

Locatelli 6 (Barella, 85min)

Not used: Sirigu, Acerbi, Cristante, Bernardeschi, Bastoni, Florenzi, Meret.

ROBERTO MANCINI 6

A new puzzle for the Italy coach as for the first time in the tournament his team had to cede the bulk of possession to their opponents.

SPAIN (4-3-3)

UNAI SIMON 5

Lucky escape when he charged out and was beaten to the ball by Emerson but Italy could not take advantage of the mistake.

CESAR AZPILICUETA 6

Will have been relieved not to have to deal with Spinazzola but the Emerson-Insigne combination kept him honest at right-back.

ERIC GARCIA 6

It has not been an easy tournament for the centre-back and here he was always going to be busy tracking the runs of Immobile.

Eric Garcia played well in defence and snuffed out the threat of Ciro Immobile

Eric Garcia played well in defence and snuffed out the threat of Ciro Immobile 

AYMERIC LAPORTE 6

Had a few hairy moments in the first half when Italy broke and the ball was played over the top for Immobile to run on to.

JORDI ALBA 7

Always a threat going forward, pushing back Chiesa and looking to link with his Barcelona colleague Pedri whenever he could.

KOKE 7

Asked to shackle Verratti and was lucky to escape a booking for a cynical foul on Emerson as he charged forward

SERGIO BUSQUETS 7 – Booked

Dictated the rhythm of the match in the early stages. Important block on Barella as the Italian prepared to shoot then went close in the 52nd minute.

PEDRI 7

Fine pass to Oyarzabal that should have resulted in at least a shot on goal. The 18-year-old Barcelona player uses the ball so impressively.

Pedri (right) was consoled by Luis Enrique (left) and Thiago (centre) at full time

Pedri (right) was consoled by Luis Enrique (left) and Thiago (centre) at full time 

FERRAN TORRES 6

The Manchester City man started on the left flank and sent a shot from distance wide. On the end of a poor tackle from Di Lorenzo in the first half.

MIKEL OYARZABAL 5

Preferred to Alvaro Morata. Poor control cost him an early sight of goal and he somehow failed to connect with a header from six yards.

DANI OLMO 8 – STAR MAN

Occupied a false 9 role and caused Italy problems. Drew a good save from Donnaurmma from close range. Set up the equaliser for Morata.

Dani Olmo missed a penalty but had a brilliant game for Spain in the semi final at Wembley

Dani Olmo missed a penalty but had a brilliant game for Spain in the semi final at Wembley

SUBSTITUTES –

Morata 7 (F Torres, 61min)

Moreno 6 (Oyarzabal, 70)

Rodri 6 (Koke, 70)

M Llorente (Azpilicueta, 85)

Thiago 6 (Busquets, 106)

Not used: De Gea, D Llorente, Torres, Thiago, Sanchez, Gaya, Ruiz, Traore.

LUIS ENRIQUE 7

Dropped Morata to allow Dani Olmo to play as a false nine and the plan enabled Spain to pass their way through the Italian midfield in the first half. Then the substitution worked when Morata levelled.

REFEREE – FELIX BRYCH 6 Seemed determined to let the game flow from the off and kept his yellow card in his pocket on a few marginal calls.

Enrique's side did themselves proud and the manager will have the nation behind him now

Enrique’s side did themselves proud and the manager will have the nation behind him now

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