#Euro2016: Defending champions, Spain sent packing by Italy

The Italian team – after suffering back to back defeats against Spain – finally got revenge by kicking out the defending champions out of the competition in a 2-0 victory.

Spain beat Italy in Euro 2008 and repeated the act with a 4-0 thumping in the 2012 final, but this time the Azzuris were too good for Del Bosque‘s men.

Defender Giorgio Chiellini scored the first goal for Italy in the first half but excellent goalkeeping from David De Gea prevented the Italians from increasing their lead before into half time.

Spain got better in the second half with David Silva and Ramos‘ shots going off-target.

The solid Italian defence – spearheaded by the ever-important veteran goalie, Gianlugi Buffon – kept Spain at Bay.

Italy ensured victory when a deflected cross from substitute Matteo Darmian found Pelle, who volleyed home to secure their first major competition victory over Spain since 1994.

Italy will now play Germany who they beat on their way to the final four years ago.

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