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Euro Cup | Italy beat Austria 2-1 with extra time goals to reach last eight


Italy will now play Belgium or Portugal in the quarterfinals next Friday in Munich.

Italy scored twice in extra time, replacing Federico Chiesa and Matteo Pessina, giving the Euro 2020 title contenders a nervous 2-1 win over Austria on Saturday and a place in the quarterfinals.

The Italians, who are currently unbeaten in 31 games in a row, a new national record, got off to a good start and hit the stance with a powerful kick from Ciro Immobile in the 32nd minute.

But Austria, hoping for its first victory over Italy in 62 years, emboldened after the break and scored the ball through Marko Arnautovic, but his header in the 65th minute ended up in an offside position after the VAR review.

However, they fizzled out at the start of extra time, which allowed Chiesa too much time and space in ’95 to control Leonardo Spinazzola’s cross in the penalty area and get home from an acute angle.

Pessina also found enough room to break through from close range in 105th place before Sasha Kalajdzic played one goal for Austria with a glancing header. Italy will now play Belgium or Portugal in the quarterfinals next Friday in Munich.



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