Conor Clancy Date: 26th June 2021 at 6:00pm
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Italy vs Austria Final Score AET: 2-1


FULL TIME! 2-1! THE NERVES ARE GONE! Italy have stepped up in extra time, eliminated Austria and have booked their place in the quarter-finals. Goals from substitutes Federico Chiesa and Matteo Pessina made the difference in the end.

116′ The nerves are back.

114′ Austria score. 2-1. Questions have to be asked of Donnarumma there. A corner to the first post was headed on and went in low at Donnarumma’s near post.

110′ Italy are starting to look a little bit leggy, but not Di Lorenzo. He’s just carried the ball the length of the pitch before shooting wide. He then had to get back to his feet and sprint back.

106′ GIGIO! Donnarumma with a huge save for Italy.

HALF TIME IN EXTRA TIME: ITALY 2-0 AUSTRIA 

106′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL AZZURRI! MATTEO PESSINA! Just as an attack looked to have broken down, Insigne laid off despite being on the ground for Pessina and the Atalanta midfielder scored his second goal in his last two Euro 2020 appearances.

105′ What a strike! Insigne surprisingly takes on a shot from the free-kick and Bachmann saves very well.

103′ Austria have responded well but Belotti and Chiesa are dangerous on the break. Il Gallo has done well to win a free-kick and slow things down.

95′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL AZZURRI! FEDERICO CHIESA! Chiesa makes no mistake this time. Spinazzola found the Juventus man with a fine cross-field ball and Chiesa did very well to take it with his head, set himself with a touch and rifle across into the far corner. Italy lead!

94′ Chance! Chiesa tests Bachmann with a snatched shot, but it wasn’t his best effort and was saved with relative comfort.

EXTRA TIME IS UNDERWAY!

FULL TIME: ITALY 0-0 AUSTRIA – We’re going to extra time. Italy had the better of the opening 45 minutes, but the second were Austria’s. There are 30 more minutes to play at Wembley!

95′ It’s cleared. A good ball from Insigne but Austria were equal to it.

94′ FREE-KICK ITALY! Jorginho was just about to get into the box on the right before being fouled. It looked for a moment as though it might have been inside the area, but the correct call to award a free-kick.

84′ ANOTHER DOUBLE CHANGE. Chiesa and Belotti are on for Immobile and Berardi.

83′ Almost spectacular from Berardi! Spinazzola again causing trouble and puts a cross in to Berardi. The Sassuolo forward saw his name up in lights and made a bit of a mess of an attempted bicycle kick. And that’ll be his last touch of the ball tonight.

81′ Austria have been the better team for much of the second half. Italy do not seem comfortable. This has, by a distance, been their biggest test so far this summer and arguably under Mancini.

76′ Another scare for Italy. Austria claim for a penalty but after a lengthy VAR check an earlier offside was spotted.

71′ Good idea! Jorginho tries to find Immobile with a nice ball over the top, but it’s just too long.

68′ DOUBLE CHANGE IN MIDFIELD. Pessina and Locatelli are on for Verratti and Barella.

67′ NO GOAL! VAR TO ITALY’S RESCUE. Arnautovic was offside as Alaba headed to him.

66′ AUSTRIA LEAD! 0-1 Arnautovic. Alaba beat Di Lorenzo to head across to Arnautovic, but he might have been offside…

62′ AUSTRIA GO CLOSE… again.Sabitzer this time sees a shot deflect wide. Italy look like the nerves are starting to creep in now.

56′ Italy frustrated. Insigne and Berardi look to link up, but Alaba excellently reads the move and cuts it out. From the resulting corner, Bonucci heads over.

52′ AUSTRIA GO CLOSE! Alaba curls a free-kick from very close range just over the crossbar.

48′ Oh… Bonucci! Bonucci again slips up when faced with Arnautovic, letting the Austrian gallop towards goal. In the end, after doing very well, his shot was poor and wayward. The warning signs are there.

47′ Still pushing. Berardi looking to cause trouble, drilling a cross from the byline towards Insigne but it’s cleared.

46′ KICK OFF! The second half is up and running now.

HALF TIME – Italy 0-0 Austria: It’s all square at the break at Wembley, with Gli Azzurri unable to find their way to goal despite being by far the better of the two teams. Leonardo Spinazzola has been excellent on the left, although it was Ciro Immobile who came closest by smacking the post from range. Austria have threatened on the counterattack though and will fancy their chances of springing a surprise in the second half.

42′ Spinazzola goes close again! Once more, the Roma man has been the standout so far. A smart turn bought him some space to shoot but his effort was turned behind and, in truth, was tame. Encouraging play again.

42′ Italy still pushing. Spinazzola again gets into the Austria area, this time going down. Nothing given, no real appeals from Italy. Still knocking on the door.

37′ Donnarumma called into action to pluck a cross out of the sky. Dominant from the Italy ‘keeper.

33′ OFF THE POST! Seemingly tired of trying to get through Austria’s backline, Immobile struck from way out only to clip the outside of the post as he missed the top corner by inches. That was a gorgeous effort.

25′ Italy pressing again. A clever ball from Barella to Immobile wasn’t controlled perfectly and Alaba was able to cut out the danger. A better touch and Immobile would’ve been in the clear.

18′ Austria go close! Marko Arnautovic bullies Bonucci and fires a speculative long-range effort over. That was a good chance and he should have done more with it.

17′ SO CLOSE! Spinazzola got down the left and cut back for Barella who saw his shot saved. The Inter midfielder should have done better.

14′ Insigne’s had his first sight at goal, attempting a trademark curler from the left but it was straightforward for Bachmann to save.

11′ It’s Berardi’s turn to have a go! Coming in from the left as he so often does for Sassuolo, he saw his shot blocked from about 25 yards.

9′ Barella is active in midfield and he very nearly put Immobile through. Daniel Bachmann was quick off his line though and is complaining that the Lazio forward caught him as they went for the ball.

KICK OFF! The national anthems are finished, Italy’s as impressive as ever, and we’re underway at Wembley!

TEAM NEWS: The teams are in! Mancini has opted to leave Manuel Locatelli out of his XI in place of Marco Verratti.

The full Italy XI is: Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Acerbi, Spinazzola, Barella, Jorginho, Verratti, Berardi, Immobile, Insigne.

The Austria XI up against Gli Azzurri is: Bachmann; Lainer, Dragovic, Hinteregger, Alaba; Laimer, Grillitsch, X. Schlager; Sabitzer, Baumgartner; Arnautovic.

Italy will be looking to continue their impressive showing at this summer’s European Championship when they take on Austria in the Round of 16 on Saturday evening.

Roberto Mancini’s Azzurri have won each of their three games so far without conceding a single goal, taking much of Europe by storm this summer. As well, they’ve extended their unbeaten run under Mancini to 30 games now – their all-time longest streak.

When and where to watch Italy vs Austria

In Italy, the game can be followed on NOW TV, SKY Go Italia, RAI 1, Sky Sport Uno, Sky Sport Football, Sky Sport 251, and RaiPlay. Kick off is set for 21:00 CEST.

Viewers in the United Kingdom, meanwhile, can tune in to BBC iPlayer, BBC One, or BBC Sport Web. Those watching in the United States can find the game on SiriusXM FC, ESPN3, TUDN Radio, PrendeTV, ABC App, and ABC.

In Ireland, it can be followed on BBC Sport Web, BBC One, RTE Player, RTE 2, and the BBC iPlayer. And it can be followed on Optus Sport in Australia.