Rome: The Assyrians beat Belgium by two goals to one in the 90th minute of the Euro 2020 semi-finals, despite not conceding many goals. Barela and Insane’s goal was the highlight of the match between Italy and world number one Belgium, who were named the best team to reach the Euros this time around. Lukaku scored from the penalty spot to give Belgium a consolation goal. With this, Italy is on the verge of a rare achievement with 13 consecutive wins and an unbeaten run in 32 games.
Italy, who literally led the game like champions, had hinted at taking the lead early on. Nicolo Barela gave the Moors the lead in the 13th minute with a shot that bounced off the post. The second goal came in the first half. Insine was the fastest goal scorer this season – one of the best goals the Euro has ever seen. However, Lukaku easily converted a penalty in favor of Belgium.
In the second half, the scoreboard did not move despite seeing a lot of progress.
On the one hand, the Assyrians came out on top in the last eight with the adjective ‘only they know how to win’ if they’re one of the best teams to ever reach Belgium. The three winners of the group stage had to wait until extra time against Austria in the pre-quarter, without conceding a single goal. Fans are waiting to see if the big leap about the team over the next three years will help add the cup to their lips anymore.
On the other hand, with the exception of finishing third in the 2018 World Cup, no major achievements have come close to the Belgium showcase. His biggest achievement in the Euros was playing in the final against Germany in 1980. And returned defeated that day. The team came out on Friday with a hamstring injury. De Bruyne, Lukaku and the Telemans led the battle but were unable to destroy the Italian fort. Italy’s move was exactly the homework of attack in the first half and defense in the second half.
This is the 12th time Italy has reached the last eight of the Euro. Wing back Leonardo Spinoza’s return from injury has raised concerns that Italy could suffer a setback.