World Champions Spain knocked Out By Italy

Defending champions Spain have been knocked out of Euro 2016 after losing 2-0 to Italy at the Stade De France.
Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini scored the first goal after David de Gea made three excellent saves prior to his effort but couldn’t keep out Chiellini’s rebound effort.

It was David de Gea who kept Spain in the game with some excellent saves especially when he saved Eder’s effort when played through one-on-one.

David de Gea made several saves for Spain
David de Gea made several saves for Spain

Spain had a glorious chance to equalise but Gerard Pique’s close range shot was thwarted by the experience Buffon.
And ultimately Italy scored a late goal to wrap up the win through Southampton striker Graziano Pelle in injury time.

This was the first time Spain had lost a knockout game at a European Championship or a World cup since 2006.
Spain were unchanged for a fourth game in a role while Italy made seven changes.

Pelle celebrates Italy's second goal
Pelle celebrates Italy’s second goal

Italy came closest to opening the scoring when Pelle headed a powerful attempt on goal but his header was excellently kept out by De Gea.

De Gea had to be at his best to keep out Giaccherini’s excellent overhead kick onto the post.

Spain did create a chance but Cesc Fabregas effort was blocked by Chiellini.

Chellini scores Italy's first goal
Chellini scores Italy’s first goal

Italy however took a deserved lead when Chiellini fired home from close range.

In the second half Spain had a glorious chance to equalise but Morata header was saved by Buffon. Spain were gradually getting back into the contest.

Eder was once again denied by De Gea as he was put through one-on-one by Pelle but De Gea was up to the task to save his effort.

Dave saves again
Dave saves again

Spain were trying to up the tempo and Spain Aritz Aduriz shot wide. Minutes later Lucas Vazquez was sent clear from a Cesc Fabregas pass but he was offside.

Late on Spain had an even better chance to equalise but Buffon made great saves to deny Iniesta and Pique.

Pelle in sction
Pelle in sction

But Spain’s best chance came even late on and it was Pique again that had his close range shot saved again by Buffon.

Italy scored late on and it was the impressive Graziano Pelle who volleyed the ball home after been played through by Darmain.

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