Belgium vs Italy result: Player ratings from epic encounter as Azzurri reach Euro 2020 semi-finals

Belgium 1-2 Italy: Barella and Insigne give the Azzurri an ultimately insurmountable lead, with a penalty from Lukaku the only reply

Karl Matchett
Friday 02 July 2021 21:56
Euro 2020: Daily briefing

Belgium exited Euro 2020 after Italy won a pulsating quarter-final by a 2-1 scoreline on Friday night.

Leonardo Bonucci thought he had an early opener after chesting in a free-kick delivery, only to be denied by an offside call. The match continued to be hugely engaging and fast-paced, with Italy pressure and half-sights of goal countered by Belgium on the break with regularity.

Nicolo Barella eventually found the breakthrough on the half-hour mark with a rifled finish after some great footwork in the box. The first half was relentless, Lorenzo Insigne curling in a top-corner second, before Jeremy Doku won and Romelu Lukaku converted a penalty right before half-time.

Leonardo Spinazzola and Insigne went close at one end after the break, while Lukaku almost netted another at the other - Spinazzola blocking his effort on the line - and Doku smashed one over the bar after taking on three defenders, but Italy held on to progress.

Here are the player ratings from the game in Munich.


Thibaut Courtois - 6. Strong aerially but no chance on Barella’s finish.

Toby Alderweireld - 6. Stood up well to the task of containing Insigne for a while, but nowhere near his man for the goal.

Thomas Vermaelen - 6. Along with Alderweireld, backed off too far for too long for Insigne’s goal. Passed out well but might have come off worse had Immobile not had an off-night.

Jan Vertonghen - 5. Poor in possession for the opener. Defended well at times but was the most susceptible of the three to being beaten one on one.

Thomas Meunier - 6. Most of the Italy attacks came down his side and he had a lot of ground to cover. Didn’t always fare too well against the speed of movement and passing.

Youri Tielemans - 6. Booked in the first half and was a little on the periphery at times, had to be hard-working to cover a lot of ground.

Axel Witsel - 7. Held fort in the middle as well as possible and came very deep to try and start passing moves for his team.

Thorgan Hazard - 6. Belgium couldn’t get him as involved as they would have liked on the counter-attack.

Kevin de Bruyne - 7. Irrepressible on the break and almost scored a worldie early on. Did seem to tire somewhat in the second half and a few passes went astray when the game looked to be opening up for him.

Jeremy Doku - 8. Quiet early on, then seemed to realise he was quicker than everyone else on the pitch. Won a penalty, left Verratti for dust on another occasion and took the game to the Italians down the left. Almost hit the goal of the tournament with a solo dribble late on.

Romelu Lukaku - 7. After a positive start he was marginalised for a while by Italy’s centre-backs and lack of Belgium build-up play. Netted the penalty and almost another in the second half, which was blocked on the line.

Subs: Nacer Chadli (5), Dries Mertens (6), Dennis Praet (6)


Gigi Donnarumma - 7. Massive save from De Bruyne, then clawed one away from Lukaku.

Giovanni Di Lorenzo - 7. Beaten by the Doku afterburners to concede the penalty. Some very good runs forward as always though.

Leonardo Bonucci - 8. Some fantastic passing to go alongside his great positional work.

Giorgio Chiellini - 7. Tremendous battle with Lukaku. Stood up to the task well.

Leonardo Spinazzola - 8. Didn’t get as high as often as previously in this game, but his few occasions in the final third did produce chances. Made a fantastic block on the line to deny Lukaku.

Jorginho - 8. Excellent as always with the Azzurri, controlling from deep and covering at the back when required.

Nicolo Barella - 8. After a below-par outing last time, he was excellent here. Scintillating footwork in the box for the goal.

Marco Verratti - 7. Quiet in spells but kept his team on the front foot with really quick, incisive passing to keep Belgium’s double-pivot twisted and on the run.

Federico Chiesa - 8. Aggressive and powerful, always looking for space to shoot in the box. Took on his man regularly and was a great outlet.

Ciro Immobile - 5. A poor first touch frequently cost his team attacking momentum early on. Then spurned a great chance to tee up a team-mate, instead blasting into a crowd himself.

Lorenzo Insigne - 8. Tried his luck with classic bending efforts toward the top corner - then nailed the second. Such quality with some clipped passes into the box - for Spinazzola in particular.

Subs: Bryan Cristante (6), Andre Belotti (6), Emerson Palmieri (6), Domenico Berardi (6), Rafael Toloi (6)

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