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Thank you and good night

2021-07-02T22:00:00Z

So, it's going to be a repeat of the Euro 2012 final next week at Wembley, when Spain and Italy meet in the first semi-final under the arch.

Both have earned their place there, fought hard for it, taking out Russia 2018 World Cup medalists en-route to get there - and both will know that the other presents different challenges to those they have faced so far.

But who will join Luis Enrique and Roberto Mancini in the hat? There's still another two quarter-finals to go, with Denmark, the Czech Republic and Ukraine all vying for a final four spot - and England still dreaming of ending all those years of hurt to boot too.

Until then, thank you for joining us - and we'll see you tomorrow when we do it all over again!

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Unbeatable?

2021-07-02T21:55:00Z

Doku sets explosive star on biggest stage

2021-07-02T21:50:00Z

He came up on the losing side tonight but it's hard to look past Jeremy Doku as the best outfield player on the pitch tonight going forward - and given the quality on both his own team and that of winners Italy, that's saying something.

The Rennes man completed eight dribbles against Italy, a record for a teenager since Opta records began for the European Championships, stretching back to 1980.

Plenty of teenagers before him have peaked too earily - but here is to hoping that he'll be around at the top of the game for a long time to come.

Battle for the Golden Boot

2021-07-02T21:45:00Z

De Bruyne: We tried everything

2021-07-02T21:41:00Z

Kevin De Bruyne, injured at the start of Euro 2020 after that nasty facial blow in the Champions League Final, has had to suffer back-to-back frustrations with Manchester City and Belgium this summer, but feels that the Red Devils did all they could to give themselves the chance to get back on level terms in the end.

"I think we tried everything to win that match," he tells UEFA. "They scored a fantastic goal, but the first one may have been a mistake on our part. They had more possession and the ball didn't go in for us, which is a shame. Getting eliminated is always a disappointment."

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Spinazzola set to miss rest of Euro 2020

2021-07-02T21:37:00Z

It's not all sunshine for Italy though, as news is breaking that they look to have been handed a massive blow in the shape of Leonardo Spinazzola's injury.

The defender was stretchered off in the second half, having been one of the Azzurri's best players of the tournament, and reports are now claiming that he has done his Achilles tendon.

Further confirmation will surely come, but if so, that is a cruel end to his tournament too, espeically if Italy win those last two games and snag the silverware. You can read about his exit here.

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Mancini: Italy deserved victory

2021-07-02T21:33:00Z

Roberto Mancini has spoken following Italy's statement of intent against Belgium in Munich and the Azzurri boss firmly believes that his side were worthy winners in their quater-final clash.

“We deserved the victory. The lads were extraordinary, and clearly we suffered in the last 10 minutes as we were really tired, but we could’ve scored more goals earlier,” the coach told RAI Sport.

“I didn’t see 25 minutes of struggle at the start. There were chances at both ends, it was an open game. We only struggled in the last 10 minutes when Belgium started playing a long ball game.”

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Shaqiri: We lacked luck today

2021-07-02T21:25:00Z

Called upon to skipper the side in the absence of Granit Xhaka - a mising presence who Switzerland ultimately came close to overcoming - Xherdan Shaqiri had nothing but kind words to say for his squad following their battling shootout defeat.

The Liverpool forward acknowledged that spot-kicks can leave the result of a game of the effective flip of a coin, and acknowledged that they possibly needed more of the rub of the green than they got.

"I'm really proud of the team," he tells UEFA's website. "Penalties are a bit 50-50. I was nervous watching the shoot-out. I think we just lacked a little bit of luck today."

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Moreno: Spain 'liberated' by victory

2021-07-02T21:21:00Z

Further comments from Gerard Moreno who came on from the bench to try and win the game for La Roja, eventually snagging a penalty in that 3-1 shootout victory.

He says that Spain will cut out their mistakes ahead of what has now been confirmed to be a clash with Italy, while added that he feels liberated by the manner of his side's result.

"We'll resolve our various errors by working on the training ground," he told UEFA's website. "You make a mistake and the test is being mentally strong. Right now, I feel a 'liberation' that we've won. If not, I think the misses would have played on my mind."

Luis Enrique: We all want to win

2021-07-02T21:17:00Z

As we come down from the high of two great games - one marked by the drama of extra-time and penalties, another elevated by the sheer craft on display - we're able to peruse the reaction from those involved tonight.

First up is Spain boss Luis Enrique, who has professed his delight at reaching the semi-finals - while adding that no team who gets that far will settle for calling it a job well done.

"We are so proud," he told UEFA's website. "It'd be ridiculous to think that we, or any of the semi-finalists, would sign for just getting that far now – all of us want to get to the final and win."

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...or it's coming Rome?

2021-07-02T21:10:00Z

On a genuine note though, this tournament could go six ways now and not many people would bat an eyelid.

(Ukraine would be a curveball though, no doubt about it.)

Italy have definitely put themselves among the favourites - aided by both a superb performance here and the fact that Spain will have played an extra half-hour and gone through the emotions of a penalty shootout too - and should head to Wembley among the most-fancied sides left in the hat.

But La Roja will definitely not buckle easily, and while they have not possessed the flash of their opponents, England's diligence and home advantage should not be chalked off too should they make it back to north London from Rome in one piece.

Ukraine won't go quietly too, and Denmark and the Czech Republic - unfancied outsiders, of which one is set for the final four - will have everything to play for too.

What a final week or so we have in store!

Red Devils left to reckon with defeat

2021-07-02T21:03:00Z

There were a few very close misses for Romelu Lukaku in that match, the sort on which games are decided. Tonight, they went against the Inter man and the rest of his nation in crushing fashion.

There is no shame to be had in their defeat, against an Italy side very much in imperious form - and one who defiantly answered questions about their defensive skills too in a thrilling test.

But this one stings, and stings hard. They are the number one side in the world, have been for much of the intervening time since they came third in Russia. To end their run at the quarter-final stage is a bitter pill to swallow.

Azzurri vault into pole position

2021-07-02T21:00:00Z

But surely there is nothing to doubt about Italy now? Unbeaten since 2018, they have exorcised the ghosts of their failure to make Russia and the World Cup that year by some margin under Roberto Mancini - and now, they are just two games away from a first major honour since they hoisted the latter trophy in 2006.

Defeating Belgium - high-flying, hot favourites Belgium - is about as big a sign of intent as you can get. Of the pre-tournament favourites, only England now remain in the mix alongside them, it could be argued, and on the basis of this performance, Azzurri supporters will be feeling pretty confident.

Spain awaits them in what could prove to be another tricky test of character - but play like they did here and they will have no fear against La Roja.

ITALY DEFEAT BELGIUM 2-1 IN MUNICH

2021-07-02T20:58:11Z

Azzurri set up semi-final with Spain at Wembley

Elation for Roberto Mancini and company. Heartbreak for Roberto Martinez and his side. It is Italy who march on to the final four of Euro 2020 - and it is Belgium, arguably the biggest pre-tournament favourite of the lot, who crash out in Germany.

The Azzurri's remarkable unbeaten streak continues apace. The Red Devils' shortfall in major tournaments continues. This is likely the last time their golden generation will play together, unless they can all hold on for a shot at the Qatar 2022 World Cup next year.

Their manager has lost very few games at major tournaments - but they've been the ones that will unfortunately haunt his legacy. Wales in 2016, France in 2018, now Italy in 2021. 

FT: Belgium 1-2 Italy

2021-07-02T20:56:53Z

The whistle goes before the goal-kick can gain purchase! It's all over in Munich - Italy are into the semi-finals of Euro 2020! Belgium - the world's number one-ranked side - are out in the last-eight!

Corner to Belgium

2021-07-02T20:55:00Z

Chiellini stoops and puts the ball out for a set-piece. Everyone is up for Belgium - but the first looping touch takes it over the crossbar for the Red Devils. 

Gianluigi Donnarumma punches the air. Surely that is that?

Further stoppages muddy final seconds

2021-07-02T20:53:00Z

This has become a terribly stop-start affair over its final few minutes, as Italy's players drop to the ground with almost every extra challenge under the sun.

It eats up the clock - but will there be extra seconds to come on top of what has been indicated because of it?

Five added minutes incoming

2021-07-02T20:50:00Z

Rafael Toloi is on for the Azzurri, and five added minutes are flagged on the side. De Bruyne's free-kick is then lofted in - successfully this time - and referee Slavko Vincic blows almost immediately for a foul against Belgium.

Gianluigi Donnarumma raced off his line and looked to get elbowed by his own player in the scramble for the ball. That is a tough call against the Red Devils.

Belgium win dangerous free-kick

2021-07-02T20:47:00Z

Berardi just puts a trip on De Bruyne after a sustained period of Belgian attack and the Manchester City man has nabbed the free-kick 30 yards or so out on the left edge.

This really is now-or-never time for the Red Devils - and it's apparently never after Berardi jumps out to block it, from comfortably less than 10 yards. It will be retaken.

Belgium slipping away

2021-07-02T20:44:00Z

Doku cuts a blazing path around three defenders on the edge of the Italy box before sticking a shot over the crossbar from the lip of the area.

Belgium won't be able to waste many more chances like that. Perhaps the biggest frustration will be that they have failed to score from open play tonight, even with Kevin De Bruyne there to pull the strings.

Time is ticking down on their Euro 2020 campaign - and with it, the dream of sending their golden generation out with the silverware to match their talent.

Italy make double swap

2021-07-02T20:39:00Z

Emerson is on for Spinazzola as the latter is removed from the field, in what is a sad end to his game. The Azzurri have also brought on Domenico Berardi for the final push.

Italy just need to see out the next quarter-hour - because injury time will undoubtedly bring extra minutes - without conceding and they will have booked themselves a semi-final with Spain at Wembley next week.

Spinazzola also injured

2021-07-02T20:36:00Z

Leonardo Spinazzola pulls up in pursuit of Hazard now and he's going to need treatment now too from the medics.

Having stood initially, he is laid down by his team-mates on the pitch and looks to becoming increasingly distraught.

Medics have headed to him with a stretcher and it looks like his night is over.

Chadli forced off

2021-07-02T20:33:00Z

Belgium's chase just got even tougher now, as Nacer Chadli - after almost an immediate impact - is forced off with injury now. It's a leg issue of some kind, possibly a muscle problem.

Dennis Praet takes his spot while Italy also make some changes, with Bryan Cristante and Andrea Belotti both on for the Azzurri. There's a quarter-hour left to play.

Goals galore...?

2021-07-02T20:31:00Z

Golden chances at both ends

2021-07-02T20:28:00Z

Insigne scored one screamer from the left edge in the first half and tries from the same spot again. This is a lower effort, dipped towards the post rather than lofted, and Courtois palms it away.

Nacer Chadli and Dries Mertens are both on for Belgium and the former makes an instant impact, sending them sailing forward. A gorgeous square ball is slipped past the Italian six-yard area - and neither Lukaku or Hazard can somehow nudge it into the back of the net. Fine margins, absolutely fine margins, in this one.

Both sides at full-tilt

2021-07-02T20:25:00Z

Leonardo Spinazzola is a left-back, but in name only it seems. He's the furthest Italy man forward right now and just flashes the ball wide of the mark at the left post as it comes back to earth near him.

Italy win a free-kick off a hefty Thomas Vermaelen chalenge. The latter gets a stern word from the referee and Belgium ultimately defend the set-piece with a great run from De Bruyne back to the centre-circle. This is full-throttle stuff.

Game opens up further

2021-07-02T20:22:00Z

This is truly end-to-end stuff and now Italy mount a sustained attack on Belgium's defensive lines, with Ciro Immobile, Ciro Immobile and Federico Chiesa all involved in a collection of dangerous deliveries.

The latter forces Thibaut Courtois to palm a pass away from his six-yard area, in a perilous moment that sees the ball fly close to another Italian attacker.

Lukaku misses at the right post

2021-07-02T20:19:00Z

How has Romelu Lukaku not buried that in the back of the net?!

Jeremy Doku makes the run, and plays De Bruyne in on the left edge of the box. The square delivery flashes across to the striker and - somehow - he fails to tuck it away.

Leonardo Spinazzola looks to have just about got enough on it to prevent a clean connection.

Tensions flaring

2021-07-02T20:16:00Z

It's getting a little bit tasty out there in these challenges, as Jorginho attempts to extract a penalty for Italy now and Doku is then felled on the halfway line.

Neither offence earns a free-kick, and there's a clutch of catcalls and whistles echoing arounds Allianz Arena as play continues.

How feisty will this one become? 

Jorginho muscles out De Bruyne

2021-07-02T20:10:00Z

Kevin De Bruyne tears down the right flank, into Italy's box, and Jorginho does a fantastic great job to outfox him and prevent a shot from coming in.

The two players have been among the best for their sides in this brilliant buffet of football action. Here's hoping they keep it up for the rest of the night.

Who will nab the Golden Boot?

2021-07-02T20:07:00Z

Back underway

2021-07-02T20:04:00Z

Here we go then. It may well be the final second half of Euro 2020 for one of these two sides, unless we're headed for another extra-time bonanza.

Who will emerge the winner here? Italy, powered by fantastic finishes and a goal to the good? Or Belgium, the top side in world football chasing a match after their frontman netted a penalty to put them back in the mix?

Fasten your seatbelts. This could be a wild one.

Lukaku strikes again

2021-07-02T19:57:00Z

Romelu Lukaku has scored 24 goals in his last 23 appearances for Belgium, including 22 in his last 19 competitive internationals. The man is an absolute machine.

That penalty will have done wonders for the Red Devils going into the sheds. Arguably, it changes the dynamics of both teamtalks too - and perhaps pushes momentum towards Roberto Martinez and company too.

HT: Belgium 1-2 Italy

2021-07-02T19:49:16Z

Tournament football, eh? Keep your Premier Leagues and your Bundesligas and everything else. Just inject this into our veins.

But then, it wouldn't be anywhere near as wonderfully special if we had it every week, would it? And this, make no mistake, has all the makings of something wonderfully special.

Two superb goals from Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne have put Italy in the driving seat - but Romelu Lukaku's penalty on the stroke of the half-time whistle has left them hanging on to their lead by the smalles of margins. Whatever you do, don't adjust your set.

GOAL: Belgium 1-2 Italy

2021-07-02T19:47:00Z

(Romelu Lukaku, 47)

Belgium are right back in this on the stroke of half-time! Romelu Lukaku makes it four for Euro 2020 as he plants that one like a traction engine as Gianluigi Donnarumma goes for the left post.

It will be the last act before the break, surely - and it has handed an almighty lifeline to the Red Devils. Italy are still smarting at that call.

Penalty to Belgium!

2021-07-02T19:45:00Z

Jeremy Doku is through on the left side of the box, as Belgium look to force something with the break beckoning - and that is an elbow in the back from Giovanni Di Lorenzo!

Referee Slavko Vincic wastes absolutely no time and points straight to the spot. Italy's players crowd him, hollering and shouting, but he is unmoved - and VAR backs up his call too.

Romelu Luikaku, naturally, steps up to take this one. What a huge moment in the game this could be.

GOAL: Belgium 0-2 Italy

2021-07-02T19:44:00Z

(Lorenzo Insigne, 44)

MY WORD, WHAT SORCERY IS THIS?

Lorenzo Insigne must have gone to Hogwarts, or studied under Gandalf, or been a magical girl in another life, because that is absolutely spellbinding!

The striker cuts around in midfield, comes down the left edge, and then turns to loop an absolutely blinding finish into the far-top corner, in at the right post. Absolutely glorious! Italy are in dreamland!

Belgium look to rally attack

2021-07-02T19:37:00Z

There had been something of a sustained knock on Belgian defensive lines ahead of that goal and now the Red Devils look to spin it around with traction down the wings.

Jeremy Doku is getting some attention from opposing numbers - and shrugging it off in strong fashion too. But no clear-cut chance can be carved out to find an equaliser.

GOAL: Belgium 0-1 Italy

2021-07-02T19:31:00Z

(Nicolo Barella, 31)

That one will absolutely count! Nicolo Barella has done it!

It felt like something special might be needed to break the deadlock here and it has been done so with some superb footwork. The winger steps around three defenders after a botched clearance is poked to him, before he turns on a dime and sprays a rocket of a finish past Courtois, in at the left post on the opposite side of the box.

First blood to Roberto Mancini over Roberto Martinez. What a strike that was.

Belgium in full flow

2021-07-02T19:26:00Z

There's not many better sights than the Red Devils when they are going up through the gears - and it is a gorgeous ball from De Bruyne to send Romelu Lukaku away on a fabulous break.

Donnarumma palms away his low curling finish and then Italy show some skill of their own, tearing downfield with fluid play through Leonardo Spinazzola. A deflected shot falls to Thibaut Courtois but Belgium promptly give it up and let the Azzurri have at them again.

Lorenzo Insigne curls an effort from distance over the top-right corner, not able to get the drop on it. This is a proper end-to-end affair.

De Bruyne goes close!

2021-07-02T19:23:00Z

What a hit from Kevin De Bruyne - and what a stop from Gianluigi Donnarumma! The goalkeeper has possibly seen more action in the first quarter of this game than he has throughout the rest of Euro 2020 so far.

There's no suggestion that the Belgium man is still carrying that injury however. Roberto Martinez may have played his cards very close to his chest on the Manchester City star's fitness.

His shot, following a barnstorming run, is arcing towards the top-left corner where it is palmed away to safety.

Verratti and Tielemans earn early bookings

2021-07-02T19:20:00Z

Marco Verratti will have to watch himself now after dragging down Youri Tielemans and he picks up a yellow card for his troubles.

The favour is returned by the Belgium man a moment later and the former makes an absolute pantomime of it, earning a booking for his opponent.

Neither will be banned for a prospective semi-final with Spain with those, to keep track of who is walking the tightrope.

Tug-of-war tussle

2021-07-02T19:18:00Z

You couldn't ask for more of an even keel so far, really - both sides are holding at 50 per cent possession, and similar figures in one-on-one duels too.

Belgium have had three corners so far, and they do seem to spark a little panic for Italy, but they have been robust enough to see off the danger so far when presented.

Young Jeremy Doku is looking right at home out wide for the Red Devils. He could be in for a big game.

DISALLOWED GOAL: Belgium 0-0 Italy

2021-07-02T19:13:00Z

(Leonardo Bonucci, 13)

Leonardo Bonucci thinks he's got the opener - but no, VAR has chalked it off for offside!

From the free-kick, the defender nestles the bouncing delivery in at the left post, but Giovanni Di Lorenzo is deemed to have edged it onto him from an offside position in the middle of the box.

A huge let-off for Belgium.

2021-07-02T19:12:00Z

There's nothing too golden across these opening exchanges but Italy - who have played most of their ball through the conduits offered by Jorginho - have kept themselves from dropping too far off the mark.

Thorgan Hazard tracks him down now and fouls him, handing the Azzurri a tasty set-piece chance on the right edge.

Red Devils roar early on

2021-07-02T19:06:00Z

A succession of fine balls from Kevin De Bruyne and a darting run from Jeremy Doku has already afforded Belgium more space than Italy will want - it has been said that the latter haven't faced an attacking threat quite like today's opponents so far at Euro 2020.

Lukaku is flagged offside as he attempts to bring a crossfield delivery to earth, and then Doku spears a low pass beyond the forward, straight to Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Things to come?

2021-07-02T19:03:00Z

KO: Belgium v Italy

2021-07-02T19:00:00Z

The whistle goes and after both sides take the knee - Belgium's Romelu Lukaku with his fist raised in the air - we are underway in Munich.

Though they are not playing there, Italy are one of only two nations still at Euro 2020 who have home stadia in the mix, England being the other. Unlike the Three Lions, they won't be heading home if they win here - they'll be off to London.

But can they trump the world number ones?

Anthem time

2021-07-02T18:56:00Z

Both sides take to the field and the national anthems - insert the phrase absolutely slaps here as needed - are belted out with gusto.

The sight of Kevin De Bruyne in that starting XI is a huge boost for the Red Devils and their supporters. Is he fully fit though? Only time will tell.

Roberto Mancini looks on from Italy's technical area. Could this be the last time we see his satorial magic at Euro 2020? The referee is Slavko Vincic from Slovenia.

Teams ready to emerge

2021-07-02T18:52:00Z

Well, that was a nerve-wracking encounter in the end, wasn't it? Elation for Spain may give way to questions why they didn't finish that one off earlier - but for now, the joy of making the last four will ring louder than their critics.

But we're not stopping here - oh, boy, we are not stopping here. We're off to Munich, where Belgium and Italy are just about to emerge at Allianz Arena, for what could be another absolute blockbuster. 

And here they come!

Luis Enrique elated, Petkovic poleaxed

2021-07-02T18:45:00Z

The odds were against Switzerland when they lost Granit Xhaka to suspension. The odds were against them when they conceded an own goal so early on. The odds were against them when Breel Embolo was forced off injured. The odds were against them when Remo Freuler was shown a straight red card just after they had scored.

Vladimir Petkovic is with his men, speaking to them. They all look absolutely heartbroken, but despite the vision of his own crestfallen face, he is unwavering in his apparent praise.

Luis Enrique is punching the air, batting away invisible enemies left, right and centre. The small group of Spanish fans nestled behind his technical area are on cloud nine, and so is he. It has been a difficult few years for the manager, and a difficult tournament. Now, they are Euro 2020 semi-finalists.

SPAIN DEFEAT SWITZERLAND 3-1 ON PENALTIES

2021-07-02T18:42:54Z

FT: Switzerland 1 (1)-(3) 1 Spain

Spain beat Switzerland in a shootout defined by big saves and bigger misses, as La Roja get the better of the 10-men Rossocrociati in Saint Petersburg.

The latter's hearts are broken. They came, with one less body on the pitch for the final three-quarters of an hour of this extended game, so close to sealing a first-ever semi-final berth at a major tournament in their history. All that after the result against France too, one they can take with them forever.

Ruben Vargas is consoled by his teammates and Spain's Thiago. Of the three misses from his side, his is the one that will likely haunt the most. Yann Sommer did everything he could to keep his nation in this one - but in the end, it wasn't enough.

Oyarzabal scores!

2021-07-02T18:41:46Z

Switzerland 1 (1)-(3) 1 Spain

That's it! Spain are through to the semi-finals of Euro 2020! Yann Sommer's heroics are all for nothing! It is La Roja who break Swiss hearts and head to the final four!

Vargas misses!

2021-07-02T18:41:04Z

Switzerland 1 (1)-(2) 1 Spain

Vargas skies it! That is an absolute howler! He goes for power and it sails over the crossbar! Spain can win it with the next one!

Moreno scores!

2021-07-02T18:40:34Z

Switzerland 1 (1)-(2) 1 Spain

Spain lead for the first time in this shootout and the pressure is all on Switzerland, as Moreno buries it in the top-right corner.

Akanji misses!

2021-07-02T18:39:57Z

Switzerland 1 (1)-(1) 1 Spain

And another save for Unai Simon! It's another tame effort to the left post from Switzerland and the keeper is quick to bat it away.

Rodri misses!

2021-07-02T18:38:47Z

Switzerland 1 (1)-(1) 1 Spain

Yann Sommer makes it two saves from three! Rodri drifts it to the right, not too far across, and the keeper makes a brilliant stop.

Schar misses!

2021-07-02T18:38:18Z

Switzerland 1 (1)-(1) 1 Spain

Simon saves! It's a tame effort, put to the left and the keeper reads it perfectly.

Olmo score!

2021-07-02T18:37:55Z

Switzerland 1 (1)-(1) 1 Spain

No mistake from Olmo, who buries it in the top-left corner to square things up.

Gavranovic scores!

2021-07-02T18:36:44Z

Switzerland 1 (1)-(0) 1 Spain

No mistake from Gavranovic and Switzerland are already ahead.

Busquets misses!

2021-07-02T18:36:00Z

Switzerland 1 (0)-(0) 1 Spain

Sergio Busquets hits the left post!

Spain to shoot first

2021-07-02T18:34:00Z

Spain have not scored their last five penalty kicks. They have missed each and every one of them - but that surely goes out of the window now. A shootout is different gravy, surely.

Unai Simon and Yann Sommer eye each other up, before the latter - wearing the captain's armband now - talks with Sergio Busquets and referee Michael Oliver.

The two players fist-bump and then Sommer heads down with Simon towards the goal where the action will take place. Spain will go first - and it will be Busquets who takes it.

ETFT: Switzerland 1-1 Spain

2021-07-02T18:30:00Z

Strap yourselves in folks - we're going to penalties!

For the second time in as many knockout games, Switzerland will step onto the spot-kick roulette wheel. Having avoided a similar fate in extra-time against Croatia, Spain cannot dodge it this time as Rodri spears a header over the crossbar.

Don't you dare go anywhere.

Rodri on for final push

2021-07-02T18:28:00Z

Kylian Mbappe felt the weight of the world on his shoulders when Yann Sommer saved his penalty in the last-16, and Luis Enrique obviously does not want that weight on the teenage Pedri.

Rodri is on in his place. There's going to be just the one added minute - which will see Spain have a free-kick after Mario Gavranovic is booked in midfield. That means that he will miss the semi-finals if Spain get there.

NXGN in action later

2021-07-02T18:26:00Z

A poor pass allows Spain to pounce but Moreno can only fire at Sommer again.

There is another game to come of course, in Munich, and we'll have all the action from that. Jeremy Doku, one of Goal's rising NXGN stars, is set to start for Belgium tonight too.

Desperation takes hold

2021-07-02T18:23:00Z

Liverpool's Thiago is on for Spain in their latest change now, as Luis Enrique makes his latest throw of the dice.

Amid all the stories of Euro 2020, La Roja's revival - blighted by a squad-wide Covid-19 scare just days before the tournament and slow to start in the group stages - to the impressive machine of the past two matches is one that deserves applause.

But they have slipped back into frustrating patterns in front of goal here, and it was a defensive howler down the other end that put them in this position in the first place. They throw a crazy passage of balls into the Swiss box now and come up with a corner, which then goes straight to Sommer.

Rodriguez rides to the rescue

2021-07-02T18:20:00Z

What a block from Rodriguez! Out of position, he somehow slides across to block Llorente's strike from the centre of the box after Spain unlock the Swiss defence again.

A glancing touch of the arm of the latter means that it is a free-kick against La Roja. Precious seconds are eaten up on the clock.

Dani Olmo flirts with a shot a moment later and it is straight into Yann Sommer's hands.

Back underway

2021-07-02T18:14:00Z

How is your heart rate, Switzerland fans?

There has been absolutely nothing to suggest that the Rossocrociati can find a goal. All signs point to them playing for penalties, as they pack their defence as tight as they can.

The onus is on Spain to find that winning goal, it seems. Their opponents are happy to send this to spot-kicks. This game has transformed into an emotionally-charged war of attrition.

ETHT: Switzerland 1-1 Spain

2021-07-02T18:11:00Z

Against a huge wave of pressure, Switzerland - a man light and run ragged at the back - have resisted Spain across the first half of extra-time, thanks in no small part to a brilliant succession of saves from Yann Sommer.

Regardless of what happens now, the goalkeeper should be near the top of any self-respecting individual's man of the match ballots. He has turned in a superb game at the back for his side.

They are not out of the woods yet though. Not by a long shot.

Switzerland stand steady - but for how long?

2021-07-02T18:07:00Z

Fabian Schar is on for Switzerland, but how much good it will do for his side's attacking hopes is particularly subjective. The screw is being turned and a booming long ball catches kindly for Moreno - who puts his effort straight at Sommer.

Then Mikel Oyarzabal - not long on himself - bashes an effort towards goal which the keeper parries away. Moreno is promptly penalised after he runs into the keeper too, winding him painfully.

Kevin Mbabu is also on and that will be the last change Switzerland can make.

Spain unfurling silky steel

2021-07-02T18:04:00Z

This has been one-way traffic since the restart and Switzerland are absolutely gasping for air - but Spain cannot find the mark. Much as they struggled to do in their first two games, La Roja have been rendered oddly impotent.

Pau Torres plays off a lovely ball straight to Sommer, and then a succession of fast passes sees Marcos Llorente have a shot blocked.

Moreno heads the subsequent corner wide.

Sommer faces exhaustive workout

2021-07-02T18:01:00Z

Already, Yann Sommer is under the cosh and facing a slew of attempts from Spain. He reaches high to palm a rocket from Jordi Alba over his crossbar and then is quick to snaffle a soft header put to ground from the subsequent set-piece.

He would have had Dani Olmo's strike covered too, had it not taken a deflection - but mercifully this time, it spears wide of the left post rather than into the net.

Moreno misses a sitter!

2021-07-02T17:58:00Z

How on earth has Gerard Moreno just put that wide? The substitute scuffs an almighty chance wide of the left post after Jordi Alba teases him in, Switzerland's stretched defence cracked like poorly-made pottery.

If this goes the distance, that will be a moment that haunts Spain across the rest of this tournament.

ETKO: Switzerland 1-1 Spain

2021-07-02T17:55:00Z

Michael Oliver has taken to the field again, both sides have lined up and we have resumed now.

Luis Enrique was seen furiously gesturing to his men moments ago and it is quite clear that he feels they should have had this one wrapped up in regular time.

Will their man advantage tell to earn another extra-time blowout? Or are we headed for the roulette wheel of spot-kicks?

Team News: Belgium v Italy

2021-07-02T17:54:00Z

Big news out of the Belgium camp ahead of their kick-off in just over an hour - Kevin De Bruyne starts for the Red Devils.

That is a huge boost for Roberto Martinez, with arguably Europe's best creative playmaker able to take to the field after his knock against Portugal at the weekend.

We'll have lineups to come shortly.

FT: Switzerland 1-1 Spain

2021-07-02T17:51:00Z

Extra-time to come

Switzerland have hung on for a quarter-hour with one less man - but can they do that for another half-hour overall?

Michael Oliver has blown his whistle and it is full-time in Saint Petersburg, with extra-time to come, after Xherdan Shaqiri rescued the Rossocrociati - but Remo Freuler's straight dismissal has left them with a tough task at hand.

For the second time in five days, these two sides are heading for 30 more minutes of football.

Laporte booked for high challenge

2021-07-02T17:49:00Z

Aymeric Laporte practically plants an elbow into Mario Gavranovic's head as the two go up for a ball in midfield and is shown a yellow card. There will be no ban for him if Spain make it to the semi-finals either.

Switzerland put it long, and can't craft anything from it.

Four added minutes incoming

2021-07-02T17:47:00Z

Hold onto your horses folks, we're going to have an extra four minutes to stop this game from going to extra-time, the first of which we are into.

It's Spain with the field position, but Switzerland with the defensive possession. Marcos Llorente is on for Koke as Luis Enrique makes a swap; Steven Zuber is removed by Vladimir Petkovic and Christian Fassnacht takes his place.

Target man

2021-07-02T17:45:00Z

Into the final five minutes

2021-07-02T17:42:00Z

This is going to extra-time, isn't it?

Not if Spain have anything to say about it. They are trying to put everything they can in terms of pressure on the edge of the Swiss box.

Their opponents break, but Gavranovic pulls up shy, knowing he'll be offside if he tracks the ball down.

Shaqiri bows out in Swiss reshuffle

2021-07-02T17:36:00Z

If Switzerland hang on for something here, nobody will forget Xherdan Shaqiri's contribution. In Granit Xhaka's absence, he has skippered the side and produced the goal that has kept them in this game.

But he's off now, replaced by Djibril Sow, after he was spotted stretching out something. Whether it is something to be worried out is another matter. Mario Gavranovic is also on, taking the place of Haris Seferovic.

Have they covered the gaps they need to now they are a man light in midfield?

RED CARD: Switzerland 1-1 Spain

2021-07-02T17:33:00Z

(Remo Freuler, 77)

Switzerland are a man down! Switzerland are a man down! It's Remo Freuler who has been given his marching orders and the Rossocrociati are going to have to see this game - and possibly extra-time with it - out with one less body on the pitch.

The Atalanta man absolutely steams in with a challenge on Gerard Moreno and Michael Oliver immediately goes for the red card. Switzerland protest furiously, unable to believe the call, but VAR backs up the Englishman.

What a blow to them - and what an absolute boost for Spain. Even if they can't see this one out in regular time, they will still have a man-advantage beyond that.

Spain seek quick response

2021-07-02T17:30:00Z

It's as if a swarm of insects has been released around Saint Petersburg all of a sudden. There's such a noisy buzz, the muted strains of Spain's rhythms cut out by the roar of Switzerland's return to the fold with that goal.

La Roja immediately set around trying to rescue their lead, with Ferran Torres offside, Cesar Azpilicueta sliding a square pass to nobody and Olmo outmuscled at the left post.

Then Aymeric Laporte and Pau Torres both attempt to go for a dangerous cross and come up short, Sommer quick to mop up at the back.

GOAL: Switzerland 1-1 Spain

2021-07-02T17:24:00Z

(Xherdan Shaqiri, 68)

That is an absolute defensive howler from Spain - and they have been made to pay for it in the most cruel fashion!

No sooner had we mooted that it would require a complete cock-up at the back from La Roja to invite Switzerland in this game, they do so with a huge mix-up at the back. Aymeric Laporte and Pau Torres play a short pass between each other on the edge of the box, only for it to rattle between the two and fall to Remo Freuler.

He takes the gift that it is, squares to his captain Xherdan Shaqiri in the middle and the Liverpool man rolls it past Unai Simon in at the left post. Game on!

Widmer sees yellow

2021-07-02T17:23:00Z

We've got the first booking of the game now, and Switzerland will just be happy that it's not one of their players who would otherwise now be banned for the semi-finals - if they can somehow spin a goal out of somewhere.

Silvan Widmer is shown a yellow card for a clumsy challenge on Sergio Busquets, and has absolutely no complaints about his punishment.

Simon with the save!

2021-07-02T17:20:00Z

What a stop from Unai Simon! Switzerland turn defence into attack with possibly their best break of the game, before Ruben Vargas threads a beautiful ball in short for Steven Zuber, through two defenders.

The goalkeeper does wonderfull to palm it away however and Spain stay level. That's as close as their opponents have come to tying this one since they went behind.

Corner-crazy?

2021-07-02T17:17:00Z

Two-thirds of Switzerland's chances have come from corners so far and it really is highlighting just why set-piece plays are their best hope of salvaging something here.

Unless Spain are posed to have an absolute moment of self-sabotage madness here, they are closing down options very well so far as the hour mark creeps past.

Torres with the acrobatics!

2021-07-02T17:14:00Z

Ferran Torres, this is football, not gymnastics!

But have a round of applause, as he does some wonderful acrobatics to bring down a tempting free-kick before volleying it in. It immediately hits a defender and flits away for a corner, one ably defended by Switzerland in the end.

Luis Enrique, in his polo shirt, looks on, eyes flicking between the two teams in a calculating fashion.

Zakaria heads wide!

2021-07-02T17:11:00Z

Almost from zero to hero for Denis Zakaria! A Switzerland corner is well-earned on the left this time and the delivery is possibly the best yet. The midfielder gets over the defenders and directs a low effort back towards the near-post from the far side, and just nudges it the wrong side of the woodwork.

You could hear the exhale in Seville all the way in Saint Petersburg. Boy, that was a matter of inches. Spain keep hold of their lead for now.

Moreno on for Morata

2021-07-02T17:10:00Z

Alvaro Morata has not found the net today, and perhaps mindful of the gap, Luis Enrique has made the call to hook him.

On comes Gerard Moreno for the next half-hour-plus we have to play in this match.

Shaqiri hits the side netting!

2021-07-02T17:07:00Z

Now that would have been a goal from Switzerland's stand-in skipper! Shaqiri lines up a corner, earned off Sergio Busquets, and swings it in without warning, catching everybody in the box off-guard - including Unai Simon, who had wandered out to the edge of his six-yard area.

It flies into the side-netting on the right, unable to clear the near-post by a foot or so, but the intent is fiendishly clever. He's been watching Trent Alexander-Arnold's Champions League masterclass back at Liverpool for sure.

Xhaka's absence sorely felt

2021-07-02T17:04:00Z

A corner for Switzerland sees Akanji stick a soft header to ground, one Unai Simon has no trouble clearing up after it rebounds off his own defender towards him. Spain counter swiftly and hem their opponents back in their half.

The lack of Granit Xhaka is really telling today for his nation. Not to disregard the rest of their squad, who have plenty of power among their ranks, but his leadership might have helped spin some momentum their way.

The gap is, of course, just one goal. Spain will not be resting easy here, that is for certain.

Back underway

2021-07-02T17:01:00Z

Michael Oliver blows his whistle and we've resumed in Russia, as Switzerland and Spain get underway.

This is the last second half one of these sides will play. The odds are on the Rossocrociati rather than La Roja right now. A second goal could put this one to bed.

Dani Olmo, on at the break for Pablo Sarabia, volleys a low effort straight to Yann Sommer, to illustrate the danger almost immediately.

Spain steady as Switzerland struggle

2021-07-02T16:54:00Z

More shots for Switzerland than Spain but less ball - far less ball, in fact. They've only had 29 per cent of possession overall, having crafted nearly all their moves on the counter.

That is a stat they will surely need to change to bolster their chances of turning this one around. Spain looked to have mostly sat back but those figures suggest that they've pinched them in a vice instead.

HT: Switzerland 0-1 Spain

2021-07-02T16:46:00Z

The whistle goes and it is all on Switzerland to do over the next 45 minutes. Vladimir Petkovic has another massive teamtalk incoming.

Denis Zakaria's outstretched boot to steer a Jordi Alba shot into his own net is what splits the two sides in Russia - and in a game that has shown less of an inclination for madcap tournament hijinks, it may yet prove to be enough.

Spain lead at the break. Luis Enrique's men have one foot on the flight to Wembley and the semi-finals.

One added minute incoming

2021-07-02T16:44:00Z

This has slowed as the half has worn on, Spain content to effectively let Switzerland chase the game - and after their exploits on Monday, it perhaps isn't too surprising that both are looking a little more closed than they were on that occasion.

One added minute will be played at Saint Petersburg.

Switzerland face history

2021-07-02T16:38:00Z

Switzerland have never won a match at the European Championships when conceding first, with three draws and six losses before today. Food for thought.

They win another corner now and Pau Torres does well to keep Silvan Widmer occupied, ensuring the latter makes the connection with his header but is unable to give it any real direction.

Spain defend duo of corners

2021-07-02T16:35:00Z

Near-consecutive corners for Switzerland now and there's something a little bit more threatening through their set-piece placement, with Manuel Akanji sticking a header over the crossbar for the first and Pedri ably seeing off the second.

The latter is really showing his maturity on this stage tonight. A star is born indeed for Spain.

Switzerland looking short on nous

2021-07-02T16:32:00Z

The lack of Breel Embolo now, able to play high and up front, has robbed Switzerland of a little bit of forward intelligence against Spain's defence right now, and they're struggling to carve out the opportunities they will want.

This is far from a done deal game, of course, but they'll need to find some smarts soon. Luis Enrique's side feel comfortable right now.

Own (goal) it

2021-07-02T16:29:00Z

Azpilicueta heads close!

2021-07-02T16:26:00Z

Ferran Torres spears a lovely cross in from the right edge and Nico Elvedi takes absolutely no chances, putting it behind for a corner.

Cesar Azpilicueta with the header! It's a free shot, almost, Manuel Akanji going down far too softly in the box as the pair rise and the latter is lucky that the finish is put straight to Sommer.

Spain play it around midfield after it is cleared down, and a little reverse with Morata doesn't quite come off, allowing their opponents to mop up. Still, this is hungry stuff from La Roja.

Ruben Vargas has now arrived to replace Embolo. It's a sad end to his game, early on.

Embolo struggling with hamstring issue

2021-07-02T16:20:00Z

Switzerland snag a corner of their own off Pau Torres now but not without problems of their own. Breel Embolo, caught in the challenge to win it, stays down and looks particularly pained.

He's clutching his hamstring, but is not off yet, as the set-piece is whipped in and harmlessly nudged away. There may be an early change incoming, before this game is even a quarter old.

Morata draws dangerous free-kick

2021-07-02T16:17:00Z

This is a concerning spot for Switzerland. Though the corner is ably defended, Spain dart in again and Alvaro Morata is brought down in a clumsy passage of play a few yards outside the left-centre edge of the box.

La Roja don't waste too much time setting up and Koke's effort is close - perilously close - as it just skims beyond Sommer and over the woodwork at the near post.

Switzerland face uphill fight

2021-07-02T16:14:00Z

If Monday's games showed anything, it is that a two-goal cushion is never enough at Euro 2020, but Switzerland have been handed a major setback there by that opener.

They need to really dig their spurs in going forward now, keep their lines tight and refuse to sink into their shell.

Another corner for Spain is incoming after Nico Elvedi heads away a dangerous cross.

GOAL: Switzerland 0-1 Spain

2021-07-02T16:08:00Z

(Denis Zakaria OG, 8)

Well, that's not the start that Denis Zakaria will have wanted in his role as Granit Xhaka's deputy!

Spain win the first corner of the game, out right, and the set-piece swings all the way back to Jordi Alba on the far side. He launches an on-target volley, one that Yann Sommer would have covered had his teammate not stuck out a leg to try and deflect it away.

Instead, the outside of Zakaria's boot changes its course and buries it into the top-left goalkeeper. Spain erupt in sheer delight; Switzerland look dumbfounded. La Roja lead in Russia!

Shaqiri strays offside

2021-07-02T16:06:00Z

Xherdan Shaqiri is away down the left wing, bringing down a booming delivery from Ricardo Rodriguez, and it takes a long time for the linesman's flag to surface.

The Liverpool man was a mile offside there; you could have driven a bus through the gap between him and the defender.

That could be a very promising flank for Switzerland to pepper throughout however.

Both sides show early sparks

2021-07-02T16:03:00Z

It's a lively encounter so far, with sparky runs down both wings, but you'd say Switzerland might just be shading these early exchanges.

All eyes will be on how high they press without Granit Xhaka - and whether they can exploit Spain's back-line when the occasion arises.

KO: Switzerland v Spain

2021-07-02T16:00:00Z

The whistle goes and we are underway in the first of our Euro 2020 quarter-finals!

Both of these team had extra-time thrillers to get through last time. Perhaps they'd both like a less exhaustive encounter on this occasion?

Of course, both would take another half-hour and penalties if it meant they make it to Wembley and the semi-finals.

Anthem time

2021-07-02T15:56:00Z

It's the last time you'll be able to say that the national anthem of either Spain or Switzerland absolutely slaps at Euro 2020, so best get that in now.

Switzerland, in particular, absolutely belt theirs out. The atmosphere in Saint Petersburg is pretty electric.

Teams set to emerge

2021-07-02T15:53:00Z

It is a healthy crowd in Krestovsky Stadium today. There's a spot of English representation too - Michael Oliver has been given the nod to be the man in the middle as match referee today.

And here they come!

Will form trend be bucked?

2021-07-02T15:50:00Z

Pedri destined to become a Spain legend?

2021-07-02T15:45:00Z

As one man furthers his international legend however, another star is being born before our very eyes in the shape of Pedri - a man who has not even learned to drive and yet is starting for his country in the biggest game for three years.

The Barcelona starlet only made his senior debut for La Roja in March and yet has become a fixture at Euro 2020, a highlight for them even when the going was tough early on.

Rik Sharma feels he is destined to become a Spain legend, and you can read that piece here.

Pedri Spain 2021
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Swiss chase maiden semi-final

2021-07-02T15:40:00Z

From zero to hero: Xhaka reborn

2021-07-02T15:35:00Z

The absence of Granit Xhaka tonight cannot be understated, given his form at Euro 2020 so far. Indeed, despite beating the World Cup holders to get here, the fact that the Arsenal midfielder is AWOL means that they will still remain unfancied to a point in this tie.

He has one foot out of the door at the Emirates Stadium this summer too, and Jose Mourinho reportedly wants him at Roma, to help lead his Serie A side next season.

Our Gunners man Charles Watts has profiled him, which you can read here before we get underway.

Will history repeat itself?

2021-07-02T15:30:00Z

Switzerland seek latest remarkable result

2021-07-02T15:25:00Z

Few sides have had to travel as much as the Rossocrociati this tournament, pinballing from Baku to Rome and back again in the group stages before a trip to Bucharest to face France in the last-16.

Their air miles account must be excellent, but more to the point, it is proof that they know how to do it on the road, something they will take great heart from.

They have been to Saint Petersburg in tournament football before - it was here that Sweden knocked them out in the last-16 of Russia 2018. They'll hope to make amends here once more - and as arguable underdogs again, they'll approach this with a spring in their step.

Mario Gavranovic, France vs Switzerland, Euro 2020
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Can Spain bring Seville to Saint Petersburg?

2021-07-02T15:15:00Z

One of a handful of sides left in the tournament who had the luxury of a full slate of group stage games on home turf, this is only La Roja's second time away from their own back yard at Euro 2020.

Their first trip to Copenhagen yielded eight goals between them and Croatia across 120 minutes of football, but Luis Enrique will hope that his side have stamped out the propensity for late implosions suggested on Monday.

They never got to Saint Petersburg three years ago at Russia 2018, eliminated in Moscow on penalties against the hosts - but can they make this place a home away from home?

Luis Enrique Spain 2021
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Team News: Switzerland v Spain

2021-07-02T15:05:00Z

Xhaka suspended, Torres and Alba in

The lineups are in and there's just the combined three changes between our first two opponents, as Switzerland and Spain square off in Saint Petersburg for the first semi-final berth of Euro 2020.

The former are without captain Granit Xhaka, superb against France but suspended for this tie after picking up a yellow card. It's a huge blow, and Denis Zakaria will have big shoes to fill here.

Spain meanwhile have shrugged off their impotent opening games to emerge as a free-scoring powerhouse, so it is little surprise that the only changes they make are at the back. Pau Torres and Jordi Alba both come in for the trip out east.

Last time out...

2021-07-02T15:00:00Z

Even the most adamant non-sporting individual would have been hard-pressed to black out the gripping summer night fever of the last-16, but if you were one of those, here's a handy little reminder that dreams do come true for some nations.

Very few gave Switzerland a hope in hell against World Cup holders France, with Didier Deschamps' men looking to make it back-to-back major honours - but Yann Sommer's shootout save against Kylian Mbappe saw Vladimir Petkovic's men boot them out of the tournament.

Spain matched their success for sheer drama too, blowing a two-goal lead in injury time to endure extra-time with Croatia, before snagging a double to avoid penalties - and Italy too needed the additional half-hour in order to free themselves from the claws of a gutsy Austria performance.

Only Belgium came through in regulation time, and even then, they had to edge Euro 2016 holders Portugal out, perhaps bringing the curtain down on Cristiano Ronaldo's legacy at this tournament. To put it mildly, it has been a mad week or so.

Switzerland celebrate Yann Sommer saving Mbappe penalty vs France, Euro 2020
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Today's order of play

2021-07-02T14:50:00Z

Though another quartet must await their moment with destiny for at least another day, history has beckoned already for the rest. There are no second chances here in the last-eight of Europe's most prestigious international competition - and all who remain know it.

There's only two games today, one after the other, live from Russia and Germany - and what a pair they promise to be. They are:

Switzerland v Spain (Saint Petersburg, 1700)
Belgium v Italy (Munich, 2000)

(All times BST)

🎉 ⚽️ Welcome to Goal Matchday Live! ⚽️ 🎉

2021-07-02T14:45:00Z

Hello and welcome to Goal's live matchday coverage of Euro 2020!

And then there were eight. Three weeks to the day since this rearranged pan-continental tournament kicked off in Rome, the metaphorical wheat has been separated from the chaff, we've bid farewell to two-thirds of the nations that were there at the start.

If surprises were perhaps not quite as commonplace as hoped for in the group stages, the last-16 certainly made up for that, serving up one of the twistiest knockout rounds in competition memory - and those who are left will will do it all over again with an even bigger prize at stake.

It's quarter-final day for four teams, kicking off a two-day bonanza of what we expect to be top-drawer football - and you don't want to go anywhere else.

Unai Simon Spain Croatia Euro 2020
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