58' Italy decide more changes are needed. Locatelli replaces Verratti first. 56' Italy's 5-3-1 is very awkward and isn't really doing them any favours. Spain are just playing around it. Oyarzabal reaches the byline and finds Koke but his shot is cut out by Chiellini. 54' Oyarzabal's shot deflects off Bastoni then Di Lorenzo to hand Spain a corner. Italy clear it. 52' Meanwhile Spain play keep-ball with Italy having everyone back.
The European champions will have to stay disciplined and wait for the right moments to attack. 50' Ferran Torres is having his leg looked by physios on the bench. His injury doesn't seem too serious but it might leave him in doubt for the final. Yeremi Pino Ferran Torres 49' Ferran Torres trudges off. He must have picked up a knock of some kind. Yeremy replaces him. 48' Italy are lined up in a 5-3-1 formation now. Jorginho barges over Ferran Torres to give away a free-kick. It looks like Ferran Torres will be unable to continue. 46' Italy get things going again. Their progression isn't a completely lost cause but they'll need some serious improvement and luck in this second half to make it through to this weekend's final.
4' Alonso knocks the ball down the line for Oyarzabal to chase. It bounces out for a goal-kick but the two players exchange thumbs up. 2' Spin start the game on the front foot as Ferran Torres fires a cross towards the box from the right. It floats over the head of Oyarzabal and out for an Italy throw-in. 1' Spain get this Nations League semi-final underway! The two teams come out onto the pitch at a lively San Siro and stand for their respective national anthems. Both teams will play in their traditional home colours: Italy in savoy blue and white, Spain in red and dark blue.
The Spain goalkeeper tries to find Azpilicueta but his pass is off-target. Preventing Spain from building from the back is clearly one of Italy's gameplans. 7' Spain patiently thread the ball through the middle as Italy drop back to defend. Eventually the visitors are forced to pass back to Simon and gradually play back out. Spain are dominating possession so far. 6' Emerson plays a one-two to burst towards the penalty area but can't keep the ball in play. Seconds later Bastoni sends a speculative shot in the arms of Simon from range. This game has a promising pace about it already. 5' Italy ferociously press Spain in their defensive third and get the first shot of the game! Chiesa lets rip with a low effort from range and Simon drops to his right to keep it out.
The Spain goalkeeper bravely rushes off his line seconds later to claim Chiesa's deep cross into the box. Spain go up the other end and win a corner but there's no time for them to take it. That's it! 90' + 4' Kean is back to his feet now and Italy have a free-kick some way away from goal. This will surely be the hosts' last chance. 90' + 3' Yeremy rolls a harmless pass across goal and Donnarumma smothers it before quickly sending the ball upfield. There's an aerial clash between Kean and Laporte. Laporte is soon sat up but Kean took a mighty whack to the head. 90' + 1' Gil takes a tumble in Italy's box as Bastoni blocks his shot from a difficult angle. The referee deems Bastoni's challenge to be a fair one. 90' Spain have five minutes in which not to concede a goal.
Italy v Spain Live Commentary & Result, 06/10/2021, UEFA Nations LeagueIt's Spain who will face Belgium or France here at San Siro this weekend then. They'll be confident of claiming their first title since Euro 2012. That's all for now. Goodbye! Spain thoroughly deserve their victory. Enrique's men were magnificent, especially in the first 45 minutes when the game was in the balance. In the second half they kept things under control, having 82 per cent of the ball and limiting Italy to one unsavable shot. Italy will be disappointed but they've already won one trophy this year.
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Barella goes off. Calabria comes on. 71' Yeremy's shown the yellow card for steaming in on Locatelli. 71' The players clash briefly after Yeremy slides in on Locatelli. It's a reckless tackle and is likely to be punished by more than just a free-kick. 70' Sarabia's throughball for Oyarzabal is unsuccessful as his target is offside. Italy are restricting Spain's chances but they need to score at least twice.
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Italy are down to 10 men and in serious trouble. 41' Bonucci goes into an aerial challenge with Busquets with his elbow. It's clumsy rather than malicious but it catches the Spain midfielder in the face. This could be curtains for Bonucci... 39' Laporte's intended pass wide right goes awry. Italy take the throw-in but Ferran Torres presses Di Lorenzo and forces a throw-in. 37' Spain remind Italy to be careful. Donnarumma gathers Ferran Torres' cross from the right before Italy hand the ball straight back to the visitors. Oyarzabal takes aim from the left of the box and Donnarumma stops the shot from finding the bottom right corner. 35' Italy blow a great chance to equalise! Emerson finds Insigne with a pass but his powerful shot goes wide to the right of goal.
The Manchester City man takes it calmly on the volley and finds the bottom right corner. It's a lovely goal. 17' Donnarumma holds the ball in his penalty area for seconds, weighing up his options. No good ones present themselves and he punts straight through to Simon in the opposite goal. Italy have nowhere to go at the moment.
15' Sarabia gets loose down the left again but this time his cutback is less accurate. Italy have a goal-kick. 13' Chance for Spain! Spain overload Italy down their left and Sarabia cuts back for Oyarzabal who has an effort blocked from the edge of the box. Gavi gets a talking-to for bringing down Chiesa as Italy clear their lines. 11' Jorginho catches Busquets with his foot after the Spain captain has already moved the ball on. A free-kick is the result. 9' Simon finds himself short of passing options with all his lanes blocked.
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