With the score level at 0-0 after a pulsating start to the European Championship (Euro 2020) quarterfinal at the Allianz Arena, Italy wins a freekick on the right channel in the 30th minute. It’s taken quickly and is rolled to Marco Verratti, who lifts the ball high into the box for Ciro Immobile.

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Belgium centre-back Jan Vertonghen does well to win the ball back but as he looks to play out from his own box, he is converged by three Italian players who cut out his passing options. Vertonghen releases the ball but it’s intercepted by Verratti, who slips it into Nicolo Barella inside the box. The midfielder bulldozes his way past his marker before smashing the ball into the back of the net.

Press on Vertonghen

Three Italian players cut out Vertonghen’s passing options.   –  Screengrab/SonyLiv


Verrati pass to Barella

Verratti slips it to…

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