Italy’s delight at reaching the Euro 2020 semifinals with Saturday’s 2-1 win over Belgium was soured by a serious injury to left-back Leonardo Spinazzola, who was taken off on a stretcher in the second half and is expected to be out of the tournament.
Italian media reports said the AS Roma defender Spinazzola, who has been fundamental to the Azzurri’s impressive run to the last four, had a suspected ruptured Achilles tendon injury, which would likely sideline him for months.
“He didn’t deserve that, he has been one of the best players of this tournament and he will still be even if he can’t play in the next games,” Italy manager Roberto Mancini told a news conference. “We are very, very sad with what has happened it seems quite a serious one.”
Spinazzola, 28, was pictured in tears on the stretcher as he left…