Italy 1-2 Spain: La Roja end Azzurri's long unbeaten run to reach Nations League final

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Ferran Torres scored 11 goals for Spain from 1 September 2020

Italy's 37-game unbeaten streak was a world record. Spain defeated them at the San Siro in an exciting encounter to reach the Nations League final.

Spain won a revenge match against eventual winners Italy in the Uefa secondary tournament.

Ferran Torres, Manchester City's Ferran Torres, scored Spain's goals from Milan using two Mikel Oyarzabal cross to send Luis Enrique’s team to Sunday’s final against France or Belgium.

Italy was already in second place and were 1-0 down when captain Leonardo Bonucci got sent off for two bookings. The first for elbowing Sergio Busquets.

They appeared dead and buried up until Lorenzo Pellegrini's last goal after a fantastic Federico Chiesa counter-attack. But they couldn't find an unmerited equaliser.

Gavi, a 17-year-old Barcelona player, was given a start by Spain. This made him the youngest international in their club's history. He looked right at home on this stage.

Although the Nations League is a relatively new tournament, and may be derided by others, it was played with the same intensity and talent as any World Cup or European Championship match when each side had 11 players.

It is also the first time Italy has lost a competitive match in their home country since 1999.

Torres demonstrates his importance to Spain

Torres has been one of Spain's most prominent men over the last year. This was Torres' 11th international goal since September 2020. No one else has scored more international goals than him.

He's also very clinical, with six of his seven shots for Spain ending in a goal. This game saw him only take two shots.

His first goal was a beautiful volley at a high height. His second was a header across goal from Oyarzabal ball into the box.

He was replaced by Yeremi Pino (a teenage debutant), in the second period, presumably with a knock.

The game was over at that point, with Italy down to just 10 players. Roberto Mancini called in veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini to replace Federico Bernardeschi, as the hosts sought to limit damage.

After Spain had sent men forward, Chiesa ran into his own half and squared for substitute Pellegrini. They had only one shot in the second period.

It was Spain that gave Italy the most difficult match at Euro 2020. They wasted many chances and lost on penalties.

They got the win they deserved. It was also strange with Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Dariorumma. He was named best player at Euro 2020 but was heckled by his fans. He moved to Paris St-Germain from San Siro, where he was a member of AC Milan.

He seemed to be affected at times. Most notably, he lost Marcos Alonso’s volley to the post just moments after scoring the first goal.

Italy will take on France and Belgium in Thursday's match at Juventus' stadium. Sunday's third-placed playoff at the same venue will be held at 14:00 BST.

At 19:45 BST, Spain will face the winner at the San Siro.

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