Spain 2-1 Italy Highlights: Joselu’s Late strike sends Spain to the Final
Spain emerged victorious against Italy with a 2-1 scoreline, securing their place in the final against Croatia. The match was a blend of high energy, tactical prowess, and a touch of fortune that ultimately decided the outcome.
Yeremy Pino gave Spain an early lead, capitalizing on a high press that saw him wrestle possession from Italy’s Leonardo Bonucci and coolly slotting the ball past Gianluigi Donnarumma. However, Italy quickly responded, with Ciro Immobile converting a penalty after Spain’s debutant Robin Le Normand handled the ball in the area.
The second half saw Spain dominate possession, but they struggled to convert their chances against a resilient Italian side. The deadlock was finally broken in the 88th minute when substitute Joselu pounced on a deflected shot from Rodri to score the winning goal. The goal was confirmed by VAR, ensuring Spain’s place in the final.
This victory is a significant boost for Spain’s manager, Luis de la Fuente, who took over after the World Cup. The win was well-deserved, with Spain showcasing several notable performances, including a commendable international debut by Robin Le Normand and a solid display by Rodri, who made his 65th appearance of the season.
Italy, on the other hand, will face the Netherlands in a third-place play-off. Despite the defeat, the Azzurri showed resilience and fighting spirit, with notable performances from their players, including a promising display from the young midfielder Davide Frattesi.
As Spain now prepares to face Croatia in the final, they will be hoping to secure their first Nations League trophy, having lost the 2021 final to France.