Italy 2-1 Austria: summary, score, goals, highlights | Euro 2020
Euro 2020: Italy-Austria
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A far from convincing performance for the hotly tipped Italian side who were made to sweat for their win. They now progress to Munich where they will face the winner of Belgium-Portugal. Every credit to Austria though who defended solidly and pushed Roberto Mancini's men all he way.
The whistle sounds and it's Italy who advance to the quarter final stage
1 minute of added time
Chiesa breaks and unable to get the shot off... Austria push and Italy are awarded a free and surely that ends the Austrian fight-back?
Michael Gregoritsch shoots but his effort his far from accurate and the Augsburg striker despairs.
First goal of Euro 2020 that Italy have conceded too ! Only England yet to ship any goals at the tournament
Italy now trying to run the clock down as we move into the final three minutes.
Five very interesting minutes remain here at Wembley as Austria push and look for an equaliser. Totally deserved the goal for Foda's side.
Scaub strikes and the ball is deflected out for a corner kick as Trimel comes on for Lainer
Free for Italy as Belotti shapes to shoot.... The Torino striker drives the ball into the Austria wall
The ball falls to Marcel Sabitzer but the Austrian striker drives the ball high and over the bar
What a run from Di Lorenzo who takes the ball from deep inside his own half and runs the length of the pitch with his final shot wayward ....
Gianluigi Donnarumma the savior for Italy as he gets down well to save from Schaub
Change for Austria as Schaub comes on for Florian Grillitsch
Nothing short of an Austrian goal in the opening minuytes of this second half of extra time will do for Foda's men to lift the team in believing.
The whistle sounds with a further 15 minutes left to play.
Long faces on the Austrian bench who see their Euro 2020 dreams coming to an end.
Goooooooooaaaalllll. Pessina rifles past Bachmann and doubles Italy's lead.
Insigne to take... Five in the Austria wall. Great strike from the Napoli man and a wonderful stop from Bachmann.
Belotti is free and s clipped by Martin Hinteregger who s carded for his effort
Now it's Austria's turn to press and look for spaces as Italy sit deep and will now look to find the likes of Insigne and Chiesa on the counter.
100 minutes of football played at Wembley with Italy sitting back now and inviting pressure from Austria.
Austria look to reply quickly as Xaver Schlager breaks and just overhits his through ball as Spinazzola clears.
Marko Arnautović off with Saša Kalajdžić his replacement
Alaba leavs his man to mark Pessina and the Juve striker controls and lashes home on the half volley...
Goooool. Chiesa breaks the deadlock with a fine finish as the Austrian rear-guard switch off for a second....
The psychological aspect of the game kicks in now with certainly more pressure on Italy who came into the game as firm favourites and indeed were fancied to lift the trophy on 11 July !
FT at Wembley and it ends goal-less between highly fancied Italy and Austria
Austria clear the danger with less than a minute remaining
Dangerous free for Italy as Pessina is clipped on the edge of the Austrian box. Insigne to take. Something of a dive from the Italian sub.
It's Austria who have the ball as we head towards the 95th minute mark and one senses that both teams are loathe to take any risks with an acceptance that another 30 minutes will be needed to seperate the teams.
Italy now resort to the long ball but Insigne is offside
We'll have five minutes of added time
Changes for the Austrian side as Baumgartner leaves with Schopf his replacement
Italy pushing now as the noise levels at Wembley increase a few decibels as the fans of both sides try and fire their respective sides ahead as we head towards the 90 minute mark.
Chants of Österreich, Österreich (Austria) ring out as the few Austrian fans try and do their bit to drive their men ahead.....
Still no changes for Austria as we hit the 85th minute of the game.
Chiesa takes Berradi's place
Insigne off for Belotti
Austria certainly looking the stronger side now.... they rode the wave of pressure in the first half and as Italy lost their way, the side in red and white have grown and it's Italy who look the more vunerable of the two teams
Ten minutes remain and ten minutes before we enter the first spell of extra time should things remain 0-0
Less than quarter of an hour remain at Wembley and it remains goal-less as Austria continue to frustrate Italy.
Offside the final verdict.
Call for a penalty for Austria as Pessina seems to clip Laimer... referee wants to know nothing and solid call from the English match official.
Locatelli has a shot from the edge of the box but fails to get enough swerve on the ball as it drifts tamely wide. A distinct sense of frustration emerging from Italy ... new territory for the Azzurri at Euro 2020.
We hit the 70 minute mark in Wembley ... should the game remain level at the end of 90 minutes, we'll have 30 minutes of extra time and then spot kicks should all be level at the end of 120 minutes.
Locatelli for Verratti and Barella makes way for Pessina ...Italy switches
Nerves on the faces of the Austrian fans as the goal is ruled out and Italy survive.... it did look like the striker was inches ahead of the men in blue....
VAR being consulted but would be surprised if the goal stands... a tight decision for the match officials!
a shadow of doubt over the goal as it looks like the striker may have been offisde as he nods into the Italian net
Gooooooool. Austria take the lead and Marko Arnautović is the first man to score against Italy in the tournamnt!
...fair to say that Austria are the better side in this second half !
Bonucci deflects a Sabitzer shot out for a corner as Italy grow in confidence as they realise that they have been able to frustrate the Italian side who are playing in a lower gear than in the first half.
Just past the hour mark at Wembley and it remains 0-0....
The game really is now a seriously open contest.
The game really is beautifully poised.... Italy frustrated but still probing and Austria looking threatening on their few forays into the Italian box.
Italy break and Alaba is called on to avert the danger by clearing the ball for a corner.
Nerves starting to affect Italy's players now as a couple of slack passes in quick succession generate a series of murmers from the Wembley fans
Austria enjoying a solid spell of possession now.... buoyed by the Alaba free kick.
Alaba poised to strike.... looking intently at the goal... inches over the bar... good strike from the No. 8 and the closest Austria have come to scoring all evenng.
Barela also awarded a yellow for protesting
Card for Italy, Di Lorenzo carded for a rash challenge... Dangerous free for Austria just on the edge of the box.
Marko Arnautović breaks for Austria, the striker is crowded out by the Italian defenders and runs out of energy and screws the ball wide.
All the early possession coming from Mancini's men with Austria pegged back deep inside their own half.
The teams take to the Wembley pitch again with no apparent changes at the break.....off we go ..Italy start the action....
Italy's Spinazzola cuts a frustrated figure lying on the Wembley surface.
Despite some bright passages of play, it has to be admitted that Austria have really failed to test Gianluigi Donnarumma in the Italy goal.
The whistle sounds in Wembley and both sides head to the dressing room.... Solid from Austria who have frustrated the Azzurri attack.
One minute of time to be added as Spinazzola is fouled ...danger for Austria as we move into added time...Possibly too far out for a direct shot on goal....Verratti has the ball in his hands ....The Italian big guns moving up from the back as Berardi clips the ball into the box but overhits and it drifts wide...
Bachmann touches the ball wide and another corner for Italy ... Mancini's men still knocking on the door.... still not finding a way past the well drilled Austrian side.
It does feels that the Jorginho and Verratti tandem is not delivering the dividends that Italy fans expected.
Five minutes remain in London and it remains 0-0 between Italy and Austria. Foda's men have been impressive in their defensive task.
Donnarumma seems okay to carry on but it's Austrian striker Baumgartner who comes off worse following the collission with the keeper.
Free for Austria after Verratti clips an opponent ... Alaba takes but Italy are level to avert the danger. Gianluigi Donnarumma called into action for almost the first time this evening and the keeper takes a belt to the ribs.
Immobile almost puts Italy ahead with a fine long range drive that clips the woodwork. Bachmann rooted to the spot and a sweet shot from the Italian forward.
Austria enjoy a solid spell of possession but it's their final ball that let's the men in red and white down.
30 minutes gone at Wembley and it's Franco Foda who will be the happier of the managers as his Austria side have yet to really be tested by the highly fancied Italian side.
The moment when Marko Arnautović unleashes a long range effort which ultimately failed to test the Italian keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma
Corner for Italy as the fans start to sense Italy are edging towards that all important opening goal...
Despite their domination, Italy have yet to really test the Austrian keeper with just the effort from Barela requiring Bachmann to intervene.
Marko Arnautović the only player in the book so far this evening following his second minute card
Surprisingly Austria ahead in terms of possession.....
Marko Arnautović breaks for Austria and fires a speculative long range effort which drifts high and over the Italian crossbar. Best opening for the side in red and white to date this evening.
Barela goes close and Bachmann saves with his feet... Italy turning the screw now with the men in blue hogging the ball now and Austria forced to sit deep.
Boos ring out as Austria move the ball around slowly at the back... heavy, heavy 'Azzurri' presence among the supporters in North London tonight.
Napoli's Insigne shoots from outside the area and Bachmann has to get down quickly to smother the shot.
A slow pace to this early ten minute phase and Austria looking bright as Spinazzola unleashes a ferocious left footed shot but the effort is well wide.
Alaba on the ball for the first time tonight with the new Real Madrid being closely watched by 'Merengues' ... poor touch from the left back as he fails to control the cross field ball and Italy break.
Anger from Bachmann in the Austria goal as Insigne slides into the keeper with his studs showing.
Neither side has been able to impose any sense of continued rhythm with the ball zipping about in the central area.
Early scare for Italy as Austria break down the left hand side and Baumgartner drills the ball dangerously into the Italy box.
Off we go... Austraia to start...
Plenty of blue shirts dotted around the Wembley stand with plenty of 'Azzuri' fans present. There is a sizeable Italian community living in London and they'll be out in force this evening.
English referee Anthony Taylor is the man in the middle tonight as the national anthems of both sides ring out at Wembley.
A few questions surrounding the inclusion of Verartti tonight ahead of Locatelli who was mighty impressive in the games against Turkey and Switzerland.
The sides are in the tunnel as both sides wait nervously for the final sign to progress to the Wembley pitch.
It's a mild but overcast evening in the Borough of Brent with a temperature of 19C/63F expected at kick-off.
AS English pre-match predictions:
Paul: Italy 3-0 Austria
Kieran: Italy 2-0 Austria
Sveto: Italy 3-1 Austria
Andres: Italy 1-0 Austria
None of the ..ahem AS 'experts' offering the Austrian side any chance of progressing .... to be fair Italy have looked massively impressive in their three games to date n the competition.
...and the Austrian shirt...
Italy will be in their iconic blue kit tonight (very possibly the smartest at Euro 2020) and Austria will be in their Arsenal-esque red and white kit
Euro 2020 official mascot Skillzy doing his thing on the Wembley pitch as kick off looms.
The last meeting between both sides was back in 2008 when a 2-2 draw was the scoreline between Italy and Austria.
Austria captain David Alaba pre-game
The new Real Madrid player claimed that t was a "dream come true" for his country to take on Italy in the knockout stages.
Alaba – who joined Madrid on a free transfer in May after leaving Bayern Munich – created nine chances in the group stage, at least four more than any other Austria player.
"It is a special game and we want to do well," he said. "I've won at Wembley, so I have very good memories of this stadium. I expect a wonderful game and I remember the atmosphere from the Champions League final, but tomorrow will be special for Austria and we can't wait to get out there.
"I don't need to tell the lads how to treat certain situations. Some might ask me for advice, but we have others who have played at this level and I am not concerned.
"This is a dream come true for Austria to play a round of 16 match in a Euros against Italy."
Italy coach Mancini pre-game
"I've enjoyed my time as Italy coach and I would like to continue doing it. I thank the players, as they allowed me to have fun with this experience too," Mancini told a media conference.
"Playing at Wembley should always be a pleasure. There are players in this squad who have never experienced it and they ought to relish this opportunity in a beautiful stadium.
"When you play football, it's because you want to do it in stadiums like this. I think this team needs to keep feeding the joy and at the same time respect a temple of football like this. I am sure the lads will play well tomorrow."
With a quarter-final tie against Belgium or holders Portugal in Munich up for grabs, Italy must first defeat Austria, who have not beaten the Azzurri in their last 13 meetings, a run dating back to December 1960.
Italy have also won four of their meetings with Austria at major tournaments.. However, they have won only two of their 13 matches played in London.
Italy will be out to earn a record 12th straight win when they take on Austria at Wembley tonight.
The Azzurri, who have been one of the stand-out teams of the tournament so far, equalled their longest ever winning run with a 1-0 victory over Wales on Sunday, Matteo Pessina’s first-half strike ensuring Roberto Mancini’s men topped Group A.
The Italians will also be looking to make it 12 successive clean sheets.
Italy (along with England) are still the only two sides at Euro 2020 to ship any goals and the Austrian side will be looking to upset that statistic.
A place in the quarter-final against the victors of Sunday's Seville clash between Portugal and Belgium awaits.
The game kick-s off in North London at 21:00 CEST/15:00 ET and 20:00 local time
Hello and a warm welcome to the Euro 2020 Round of 16 clash as Italy face Austria at Wembley Stadium