Euro 2020: Italy Edge Past Austria To Advance Into Quarter-finals


Extra-time goals from substitutes Federico Chiesa and Matteo Pessina saw Italy beat battling Austria 2-1 to reach the quarter-finals of euro 2020 at Wembley on Saturday.

Both sides were locked at 0-0 after 90 minutes in London, with Italy enjoying the better of the first half but Austria rattling Roberto Mancini’s side in the second period.

Chiesa opened scoring early in extra-time and another goal from Pessina set up a quarter-final against the winners of Sunday’s tie between Belgium and holders Portugal.

But there was still time for late drama when Austria’s Sasa Kalajdzic stooped to head the ball in at the near post from a corner with a little over five minutes to go but their frantic final efforts were in vain.

Austria had a chance to snatch the lead on the counter when Marko Arnautovic ran through on goal after muscling past Leonardo Bonucci, only to fire wildly over from the edge of the area.

Unfazed by that scare, Italy were immediately back on the attack.


Source: Complete Sports