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Italy 1-2 Spain: Player ratings

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Leonardo Bonucci was sent off before the break as Spain secured a 2-1 victory over Italy in the first of the UEFA Nations League semi-finals.

Ferran Torres scored both goals for his side in the first half, before substitute Lorenzo Pellegrini grabbed a late consolation. The result gave Spain revenge for their Euro 2020 semi-final defeat in the summer and they now progressed to Sunday’s Nations League final. It also ended Italy’s world-record 37 game unbeaten run.

La Furia Roja looked threatening down the left-hand side from the off and it was little surprise that this was where there opening goal came from. Oyarzabal was the architect, whipping a dangerous cross in for Torres to bundle home in the 17th minute.

After surviving a few first-half scares, Italy began to grow into the game with Federico Bernardeschi forcing Unai Simon into a terrific save and Lorenzo Insigne also missing a sitter.

However, Gli Azzurri’s chances were then dealt a hammerblow when Leonardo Bonucci was sent off for two bookable offences just before the break.


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