Spain Beat Italy to set up a Nations League Final

Spain Beat Italy

Yeremy Pino won the ball off Italy legend Leonardo Bonucci outside his own box before firing in Spain’s opener in Enschede, Netherlands.

Ciro Immobile equalised for Italy with a penalty after Spain debutant Robin le Normand handled in the box.

Substitute Joselu pounced from close range after Rodri’s deflected shot to send Spain to the Rotterdam final.

“Now the most important thing is that we win this trophy,” said midfielder Rodri, who played a full 90 minutes five days after scoring the winner for Manchester City in the Champions League final.

“It’s been a long time without a trophy so that’s the opportunity we have on Sunday night.”

Spain’s last major trophy was the 2012 European Championship.

La Roja, who lost the 2021 Nations League final to France, face a Croatia side bidding to win their country’s first international trophy.

Meanwhile Italy must face the Netherlands in the Nations League third-placed play-off earlier on Sunday.

Spain get a Deserved Win to boost De la Fuente

Neither side is having a great time of it.

Morocco knocked Spain out of the World Cup in the last 16, while Italy did not even reach the tournament.

Both sides have already lost Euro 2024 qualifiers, with England beating Roberto Mancini’s Italy and Scotland stunning Spain.

But this result is a major lift for Spain boss Luis de la Fuente, who replaced Luis Enrique after the World Cup following a decade in charge of his country’s youth teams.

It was a fully deserved win for La Roja, who had several notable selections.

Le Normand, 26, was making his international debut, a month after gaining Spanish citizenship through his seven years living in the country while playing for Real Sociedad. He partnered Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte, who was also born in France, at the back.

And Sevilla right-back Jesus Navas, 37, made his first international appearance since 2020.

“I’m super-pleased, proud for the group but happy for the coach – that’s how I feel right now when we can say we’re in the final,” said Navas.

“Our attitude and the way we stuck at things was marvellous too.

“The group worked hard, everyone put everything into it but I’m very pleased for Joselu that it was him who got the winning goal.”

Source: BBC

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