Being considered slightly as underdog on their math up against Spain in Euro 2016 last 16, Italy proved all doubters wrong as they sent the two time defending champions out of the competition with a 2-0 victory.
Azzurri started out gun blazing since kick off, putting off strong pressure on Spanish midfield and defense, putting La Furia Roja’s players confused.
That aggressive start earned Italy several goal scoring opportunities, before they eventually broke the dead lock on 33 minutes through Giorgio Chiellini’s close range finish.
Spain tried to improve their game in the second half, but their effort only started to work midway in that second period, while Italy already prepared defensively.
Still, Gianluigi Buffon was forced to make some important saves that keep Azzurri’s slender lead under control, before they eventually sealed their victory with a late goal from Graziano Pelle.
Strangely it was a similar type of goal that Pelle netted during their opening fixture against Belgium, which also ended in a 2-0 win for Italy.
That second goal practically ended that tie as it happened in added time, giving much disappointment from La Furia Roja who never seems to play at their normal pace through that whole game.