Euro 2020: Jorginho’s “Ballon d’Or winning penalty” allows Italy to qualify

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“You must have it so good, or you look silly.”

We saw Jorginho convert frequently with his infamous jumping, jumping and shooting penalty for Chelsea, but it was under the highest pressure.

Miss and you are granting a reprieve to the opposition. Score and you become the hero by qualifying for the final of the European Championship.

With 66,000 spectators at Wembley, Jorginho kept his cool by scoring the fifth and decisive shot on goal to put Italy in a frenzy and send Spain home.

“I think [Italy striker] Lorenzo Insigne said Jorginho should be considered for the Ballon d’Orexternal link. He should after that, “Chris Sutton said on BBC Radio 5 Live.

“How do you do that when there is so much pressure? He looks at goalkeeper Unai Simon to see where he’s going to move and you have to have so much courage and conviction to take a penalty like that – and he pulled it off. .

“You have to figure this out, or you sound like a fool. But to support yourself at this point… it tells you everything you need to know about Jorginho and his confidence.”

“We fought to the end”

Federico Chiesa opened the scoring for Italy and Alvaro Morata equalized with 10 minutes remaining to take the game into overtime.

It didn’t start well for Italy as Manuel Locatelli saw his effort saved by Simon, but Spaniard Dani Olmo flared up and Morata saw his effort pushed back by Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Italian striker Lorenzo Insigne dedicated the victory to full-back Leonardo Spinazzola, who was absent for several months after ruining an Achilles tendon in the quarter-finals.

Dion Dublin said on BBC Radio 5 Live: “Incredible scenes from the Italian bench absolutely harassing Jorginho. What a penalty to close the semi-final.

“The keeper has to move, no chance for the keeper, the coolest penalty of the night and the Italians are going completely crazy on the pitch and in the stands.”

Chiesa added: “When Locatelli missed the first penalty, everyone was calm, saying we could do it, and in the end our group helped us in the moment.

“Spain were great, they have star players, but we fought until the end and we did.”

“We are ready for everyone”

Italy reached their fourth Euro final, their only triumph in 1968, and now have 33 games unbeaten.

Roberto Mancini’s side will face the winners of England or Denmark in the final on Sunday at Wembley.

“We have believed in each other since we were first together almost three years ago,” said midfielder Jorginho.

“We were waiting for this great moment, this great challenge and now we are here and we will see what will happen.

“This group, with this support, we are ready for any game against anyone.”

Mancini added: “I have to thank the players because they believed from day one that we could do something amazing.

“We have not yet done everything we need to do, there is still a step to be taken.”

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