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“Absolutely tremendous” – Player ratings as Italy beat Austria 2-1 in extra-time with a record-setting win at Euro 2020

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 23:18, 26 June 2021

In a hard-fought night of football, Italy overcame Austria 2-1 in extra time to make the quarter-finals at Euro 2020.

The win was truly record-setting as given the game was goalless until the 95th minute, it meant that Italy went 1,169 minutes without conceding a goal, which is a record. Moreover they won their 12th straight game and have also gone 31 matches without defeat, both Azzurri records (the unbeaten one has stood for 82 years!)

Here’s how the players rated at Wembley:

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Italy

Gianluigi Donnarumma – 6 – Excelled at claiming the Austrian high balls and produced a miracle save in extra time to keep Austria out but beaten at his near-post for Austria’s goal.

Giovanni Di Lorenzo – 8 – Energetic up and down the right-flank. Really came on strong in extra time as some of his team-mates were fading badly. Must have three lungs at least the way he was surging forward.

Leonardo Bonucci – 5 – Looked shakier than he has all tournament. His passing wasn’t as sharp as usual and he was beaten in behind a few times and clueless on Arnautovic’s disallowed goal.

Francesco Acerbi – 7 – Really impressive display from the Lazio defender stepping in for Giorgio Chiellini.

Leonardo Spinazzola – 7 – As always, the driving force in the Italian side. A constant presence in attack, stretching things out.

Jorginho – 7 – Solid.

Marco Verratti – 6 – Objectively good, in that he retained possession very well and won it back nicely too. But his inclusion wrecked the midfield chemistry as he adds none of the dynamism provided by Manuel Locatelli. You don’t need two controllers at the base of midfield against a side like Austria, and starting Verratti and Jorginho was a mistake.

Nico Barella – 5 – Had good chance early on but shot straight at Bachmann. Wasn’t at his best as he kind of got lost in the shuffle. Subbed off.

Domenico Berardi – 5 – Very frustrating performance for the Sassuolo man. Nothing he did was coming off.

Lorenzo Insigne – 8 – Bright, but for 90 minutes nothing was coming off. In extra time he was the difference with two superb assists, the first a carved cross the second a determined flick. Left the field to a well-earned ovation..

Ciro Immobile – 4 – Looked shaky but rattled the corner of post and bar 30 mins in. Beyond that. however, he was so poor. Subbed.

Substitutes:

Manuel Locatelli (for Verratti 67′) – 7 Immediately added more thrust and drive than Verratti did, curling a shot wide. After that his movement created so much more dynamism to the Italian attack.

Matteo Pessina (for Barella 67′) – 8 – An impressive display as he smashed home Italy’s second in superb style.

Andrea Belotti (for Immobile 84′) – 8 – Looked far more impressive than Immobile. A real battling display that was crucial to winning free-kicks and killing time as Italy held on at the end.

Federico Chiesa (for Berardi 84′) – 8 – The match-winner. Instantly carried more menace than Berardi and opened the scoring with a frankly bewilderingly brilliant goal as he Bergkamp’d the ball inside his man and absolutely thundered the ball in with his left-foot.

A magical goal for a truly special player that all but won Italy the game. “The substitutes had a huge impact,” said Rio Ferdinand but maybe now Chiesa is pushing to start? The former England defender was particularly enamored with the goal.

“The first touch with his head, the second to take it away from the defender. And the finish? Absolutely tremendous. Right foot, left foot and the head all involved in the one movement. Brilliant.”

 

Bryan Cristante (for Insigne 108′) – n/a – Came on late.



Austria

Daniel Bachmann – 6 – Bewildered by both brilliant finishes on the Italian goals but was otherwise solid.

Stefan Lainer – 8 – Immense in defence, really helping his team withstand Italian pressure. Made a massive 7 clearances!

Aleksandar Dragovic – 8 – An impeccable performance at the heart of defence. Repelled countless Italian attacks.

Martin Hinteregger – 8 – Super aggressive, in a good way. Absolutely did not deserve to lose. Put his body on the line time and time again to get in the way of the Italian attack.

David Alaba – 6 – Swept behind his defence nicely, attacked brightly, created a (disallowed) goal for Marko Arnautovic. Really he was everywhere in a classic all-action display but crucially, fatally, he was well out of position on Chiesa’s goal and when recovering just stood still instead of closing down the Italian to prevent the shot. That error knocks him down 2 points.

Xaver Schlager – 7 – A tackle machine (5/6 completed) as he battled bravely against Italy in the middle. Never stopped running.

Florian Grillitsch – 7 – An impressive defensive display.

Konrad Laimer – 7 – Tracked back and pitched in to stifle Spinazzola and Insigne. Worked hard but was dribbled past 5 times.

Marcel Sabitzer – 7 – Nice crosses all night. Looked Austria’s best hope of creating a goal.

Christoph Baumgartner – 6 – Not at his best.

Marko Arnautovic – 5 – A classic Arnautovic display. He picked up an early booking thanks to an aggressive tackle, then missed a great chance when he whiffed over after beating Bonucci for pace, scored a stunning header only to see it be disallowed for offside, and was thereafter basically a non-event before being subbed off.

Substitutes:

Alessandro Schopf (for Baumgartner 90′) – 6 – Added some drive as Austria tried to take Italy down in extra time.

Sasa Kalajdzic (for Arnautovic 97′) – 7 – Was a real handful when he came on, dominating in the air and scored a stunning header to get Austria back in the game.

Louis Schaub (for Grillitsch 105′) – 6 – Added energy.

Michael Gregoritsch (for Schlager 105′) – 6 – Worked hard.

Stefan Ilsanker (for Laimer 114′) – 6 – Good in the air.

Christopher Trimmel (for Lainer 114′) – 6 – Played well.

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