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Spain Advances to Euro 2024 Knockouts with 1-0 Win Over Italy

Football  •  21 Jun, 2024  •  14,061 Views  •  ⭐ 3.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia

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A mishap by Bologna's Riccardo Calafiori gifted Spain a 1-0 win against Italy on Thursday, propelling Luis de la Fuente’s team into the Euro 2024 knockout stages. Dominating the match, Spain's inability to score more goals didn't undermine their control, securing a comfortable victory and progression.


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In a display of fluid football, Spain clinched a convincing 1-0 triumph over reigning European champions Italy, thereby securing the top spot in Euro 2024 Group B with one game remaining. The sole goal of this lopsided contest in Gelsenkirchen came courtesy of an own goal by the unfortunate Italian defender Riccardo Calafiori, who inadvertently redirected a cross from the impressive Nico Williams into his net at the 55-minute mark.

Luis de la Fuente's squad could have scored more, squandering several opportunities, with Williams hitting the bar. However, they can approach their final group match against Albania on Monday without pressure, following a 3-0 victory over Croatia with another standout performance.
Conversely, Italy, who were saved from a heavier defeat by their inspired goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, must quickly regroup. They need a draw against Croatia to secure second place in the group.



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After dismantling the defending European champions, comparisons between this 2024 Spanish team and the golden generation that dominated Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup, and Euro 2012 are inevitable. Although they must secure a major trophy to warrant such comparisons, alongside hosts Germany, Spain has emerged as a standout team in this tournament. With exceptional creative width provided by Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams, Spain seems well-prepared to pursue glory this summer.

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