EURO 2020: Italy beat Austria 2-1 in extra time

  • The game was 0-0 after 90 minutes as Roberto Mancini’s men were frustrated
  • Federico Chiesa broke the deadlock before Matteo Pessina lashed in a second
  • Substitute Sasa Kalajdzic then cleverly headed home to set up a tense finish
  • Italy will now face Belgium or Portugal on July 2 for a place in the last four

Goals by Federico Chiesa and Matteo Pessina help Italy to beat Austria in extra time.

The Azzurri had to do things the hard way at Wembley as they needed extra-time goals from Federico Chiesa and Matteo Pessina to book their place in the next round as they faced their first real test of the tournament.

Things could have been different had former West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic’s goal not been ruled out by VAR for a marginal offside decision when Austria were dominating Italy.

Scoring twice inside the first half of extra-time, Italy’s quality prevailed, firstly through a controlled left-footed strike from 23-year-old Chiesa, before Pessina netted his second goal in as many matches which looked to have secured Roberto Mancini’s side a safe progression to the last-eight.

Roberto Mancini’s men will take on either Belgium or Portugal in the last eight of Euro 2020.