By Babajide Okeowo
Italy has set up a last-four clash with Spain after defeating Belgium 2-1 in a pulsating Euro 2020 quarter-final match in Munich on Friday.
Lorenzo Insigne’s brilliant strike proved to be the winner for Italy, who extended their national record unbeaten run to 32 matches.
The Azzurri, whose only European title came in 1968, started brightly and thought they had struck first when Leonardo Bonucci put the ball in the net, only for VAR to rule the goal out for offside.
Nicolo Barella did give Italy the lead in the 31st minute with a fine solo goal though, jinking between two defenders and hammering a shot into the far corner past Thibaut Courtois.
The Italians were in dreamland when Insigne curled home a wonderful long-range strike into the top corner shortly before half-time.
But Belgium gave themselves hope in first-half stoppage time through a Romelu Lukaku penalty after Jeremy Doku was shoved over in the box by Giovanni Di Lorenzo.
The Belgians had their moments in the second half, with Lukaku denied by some desperate last-ditch defending.
Roberto Mancini’s men will now face Spain who needed a penalty shoot-out to defeat Switzerland in the first semi-final on Tuesday at Wembley.