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0 (7) vs 0 (6)
Played
June 27, 2013 8:00 PM BST
Estádio Governador Plácido Aderaldo Castelo — Fortaleza, Ceará
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 56083‎
 
120+2′ (PSO) Xavi
Antonio Candreva 120+1′ (PSO)
120+4′ (PSO) Andrés Iniesta Luján
Alberto Aquilani 120+3′ (PSO)
120+6′ (PSO) Piqué
Daniele De Rossi 120+5′ (PSO)
120+8′ (PSO) Sergio Ramos
Sebastian Giovinco 120+7′ (PSO)
120+10′ (PSO) Juan Mata
Andrea Pirlo 120+9′ (PSO)
120+12′ (PSO) Busquets
Riccardo Montolivo 120+11′ (PSO)
120+14′ (PSO) Jesús Navas González
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Spain 0-0 Italy (7-6 pens)

Chiellini and Iniesta get top marks for fantastic performances as the world champions once again got the better of Cesare Prandelli's stubborn side

By Eric Gomez in Fortaleza

  • Iker Casillas
    446
    100
    3.50

    Iker Casillas

    A pair of great saves in the first half helped to keep Spain on level pegging, although he wasn't required in the shoot-out.

  • Piqué
    196
    228
    2.50

    Piqué

    Affected by the play of his wingbacks, Pique and his partner Ramos suffered at the back throughout, and he played through the pain barrier to reach penalties.

  • Sergio Ramos
    321
    118
    2.50

    Sergio Ramos

    On the back foot consistently due to Italy's penetrating wing attacks, but steady when asked to defend crosses and through balls.

  • Arbeloa
    147
    255
    2.00

    Arbeloa

    Improved as the match went on but was poor in the first half, constantly chasing after Giaccherini, who got the better of him more than once.

  • Jordi Alba
    127
    313
    2.00

    Jordi Alba

    Alba's flawed defensive attributes were unmasked by a troublesome Maggio, who got past him every chance he got.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    456
    108
    4.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Generated, as usual, the majority of Spain's opportunities up front with deft touches and an intellectual approach, in another masterclass at this tournament.

  • Xavi
    263
    176
    3.00

    Xavi

    Only his short stature prevented the Barcelona man from connecting on an Iniesta cross that had Buffon beat, and smashed the post in extra time as Spain turned the screw.

  • Busquets
    191
    238
    3.00

    Busquets

    A rock in midfield, but didn't see too much action defensively as Italy preferred to counter and play wide.

  • David Silva
    125
    263
    2.00

    David Silva

    Unable to affect the match positively for Spain and became the team's first substitution early in the second half.

  • Fernando Torres
    299
    203
    2.50

    Fernando Torres

    Missed a good chance in the first half,and despite working hard, never settled into the game and came off.

  • Pedro
    102
    293
    2.50

    Pedro

    Started off with pace but faded away as time went on. Replaced by Mata in search of fresh legs.

Substitutions

  • Javi Martínez
    195
    111
    2.50

    Javi Martínez

    A late sub thrown on up front, Martinez was close to breaking the deadlock five minutes before the end, but his shot went wide.

  • Jesús Navas González
    421
    62
    3.50

    Jesús Navas González

    Came on for an ineffective Silva hoping to affect the game on the wing. Capped off a fine performance by scoring the winning penalty kick after Bonucci's miss.

  • Juan Mata
    287
    94
    2.50

    Juan Mata

    Quiet off the bench, delivered a good corner kick late in the second half of extra time that could have delivered the win.

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    493
    55
    3.50

    Gianluigi Buffon

    Throughout the first half, Buffon's net was virtually untested. Later on, the Juventus man became a key figure for the Italians, including an instinctive stop from Navas in extra time.

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    562
    70
    4.00

    Giorgio Chiellini Top of the Match

    Consistent class from the Juventus man, who stopped more than his fair share of clear-cut chances as Spain simply struggled to get past him.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    290
    80
    3.00

    Andrea Barzagli

    Came off injured at half-time after a solid first half.

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    247
    187
    2.50

    Leonardo Bonucci

    Strong play from Bonucci, who launched several attacks from the back, but will be remembered for his penalty, blasting high and wide.

  • Christian Maggio
    374
    51
    3.00

    Christian Maggio

    A constant pest for the Spanish wing backs; had a pair of opportunities to play hero but squandered them.

  • Antonio Candreva
    457
    34
    3.50

    Antonio Candreva

    Provided an outlet as well as performing admirably in defence, and produced a thrilling Panenka-like penalty to open up the shoot-out.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    283
    77
    3.00

    Claudio Marchisio

    Had one of his better matches of the tournament, performing well against Spain's gifted midfielders.

  • Daniele De Rossi
    504
    38
    4.00

    Daniele De Rossi

    Solid offensively in first half, asked to move back in defence following an injury to Barzagli, did a fantastic job.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    461
    50
    3.50

    Andrea Pirlo

    Not one of his most influential performances but was still integral to Italy retaining the ball, and of course held his nerve during penalties.

  • Emanuele Giaccherini
    394
    44
    3.00

    Emanuele Giaccherini

    Was fantastic throughout the first half, producing chances galore for team-mates but dropped off later on.

  • Alberto Gilardino
    119
    325
    2.00

    Alberto Gilardino Flop of the Match

    Wasteful in front of goal. Italy sorely missed Balotelli up front, with the Bologna striker failing to provide any impact.

Substitutions

  • Alberto Aquilani
    46
    37
    2.50

    Alberto Aquilani

    Introduced as a late substitute, perhaps should have done better with a headed chance but took his penalty extremely well.

  • Riccardo Montolivo
    250
    100
    2.50

    Riccardo Montolivo

    Came on for Barzagli looking to create more danger up front, but rarely succeeded in doing so.

  • Sebastian Giovinco
    232
    98
    2.50

    Sebastian Giovinco

    Failed to provide Italy with the spark that they needed.

Results
Semi-Finals
Times In BST
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Fernando Torres Fernando Torres
Striker
Chelsea
5 0
Fred Fred
Striker
Fluminense
5 0
Abel Hernández Abel Hernández
Striker
Palermo
4 1
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
4 0
Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
Striker
Man Utd.
3 1