Austria kept believing it could come back from two goals down against Italy in extra time in their last 16 game on Saturday but ultimately paid the price for small mistakes, said coach Franco Foda.
Italy had to wait until extra time to score two goals to beat the Austrians 2-1 and book their quarterfinal spot. But even after conceding twice, the Austrians battled back to cut the deficit and missed chances to level.
“We wanted to write history and we succeeded. It was an important learning process for us,” Foda told reporters.
His team was victorious in two group matches, its first ever wins at a European Championship, and also advanced to the knockout stage of the tournament for the first time.
“We are all disappointed by the elimination but we can all be proud of our performance over 120 minutes. We…