Full-time: Italy 2-0 Spain

  • Reigning European champions exit at the last-16 stage after a disappointing defeat at the Stade de France
  • Intelligent Italy were tactically flawless before the break and deservedly took the lead when Giorgio Chiellini turned home the rebound after the excellent David de Gea had saved Eder's free-kick
  • Spain's attacking threat increased as the match wore on but Gianluigi Buffon made several excellent saves, including a late stop to deny Gerard Pique from close range
  • The Azzurri will now face World Cup winners Germany in Bordeaux on Saturday night
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A masterclass from Italy, who will now face world champions Germany in Bordeaux on Saturday night. They will believe that they can go all the way after that performance.

That is it from me, but you can join my IBTimes UK colleague Tony Mogan for live coverage of England vs Iceland from Nice. Goodnight.



Italy 2-0 Spain


Chiellini screeches in pain after being caught by Silva in the corner. Yellow card.


Game, set and match Italy. Spain push everyone forward in search of a leveller and predictably get caught on the counter. The ball is switched out to Darmian on the right and his low pass deflects up off Ramos before being firmly dispatched on the volley by Pelle.

A jubilant Conte celebrates by mounting the dugout. He certainly doesn't lack passion, does he?

Graziano Pelle
Graziano Pelle


Goal: Italy 2-0 Spain (Graziano Pelle)


Motta clearly catches Vazquez in the face in an off-the-ball incident. The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder is booked and will now miss the quarter-finals if Italy hold on. It could have been red.

Superb save from Buffon to deny Pique. Just brilliant from the Juventus stalwart.


Silva's attempted cross flicks off Barzagli's boot and Pedro is unable to connect at the back post. The Chelsea forward, who has admitted that he would like to return to Barcelona and is also unhappy with his lack of regular playing time for Spain, then fires wildly into row z.

The pressure keeps building on Italy before Darmian wins a free-kick in his own box. Four minutes of added time signalled.


Conte's final change sees Darmian replace Florenzi. Insigne tests De Gea with a hopeful shot that is parried.


Eder is still buzzing around and making himself a nuisance, but a pass from Parolo is overhit and an increasingly rare Italy attack breaks down.

Aduriz, who only came on at half-time, has failed to shake off that earlier blow and is replaced by Pedro.

Eder makes way for Insigne with less than 10 minutes remaining.



Spain are dominating proceedings now as a tired Italy begin to retreat further and further towards their own goal. Buffon is called into action twice, first beating away a powerful volley from Iniesta before denying Pique with a flying save.

Gianluigi Buffon


Fabregas tees up Vazquez with a clever through ball and the Real Madrid winger knocks it against the post. He is rightly flagged offside before moving for the rebound.


Another ball in towards Aduriz is bravely punched clear by Buffon. The Spanish win a corner from which a leaping Ramos heads over.

Fabregas is then lucky to avoid a caution for a foul on Pelle. He of course thinks he is the innocent party.

Sergio Ramos


Spain piece together an intricate passing move. Iniesta provides a skillful dummy and Aduriz bends a shot just wide of the post. Much better.

Lucas Vazquez replaces Morata in Del Bosque's second change.


Spain build pressure on the edge of the penalty area. Iniesta looks for a swift give and go but is stopped in his tracks by Chiellini.

25 minutes plus stoppage time remaining for Del Bosque's side to find that elusive equaliser.


Italy break forward in numbers and Pelle, who has been fantastic so far, links the play nicely once more. He feeds Giaccherini, but the Sunderland outcast's return ball is straight into the arms of De Gea.


Substitute Aduriz takes a hefty tumble after heading over the crossbar. Pique then blatantly flattens Eder but the referee decides to play a non-existent advantage.

What a dreadful decision.



De Gea to the rescue yet again for La Roja. A lovely Pelle flick sends Eder scampering through, but the Manchester United goalkeeper stand firms to make another impressive save.


Fabregas sees his shoulder lightly brushed by the hand of Pelle during an aerial challenge. He goes down holding his face and referee Cakir buys the theatrics and produces a yellow card.


Spain turn the screw with another attacking free-kick but Chiellini manages to deflect the ball clear.

De Rossi, who may have picked up a knock, goes off to be replaced by Motta. That's a blow for Conte.


Morata hits the deck claiming to have been blocked off by Barzagli on the corner of the Italian box. Nothing given.


Silva curls in a left-footed free-kick that De Rossi heads behind for a corner. Fabregas then picks out Morata, whose close-range header is straight at Buffon.

He should have scored.

Alvaro Morata


Italy begin the second half on the front foot. Pique has to stretch to cut out Florenzi's low cross and an early corner is just about hacked clear.


Stern disciplinarian Conte is a hard taskmaster, but even he should be delighted with that impressive first half from Italy. His intelligent team have been tactically flawless and continue to nullify all of Spain's potent attacking threats.

Antonio Conte
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Only De Gea has prevented this from being a more comprehensive half-time lead. Unless Del Bosque changes something quickly, then the defending champions are heading home before the quarter-finals.