Italy knocked out Austria after beating David Alaba and his fellow countrymen 2-1 after going to extra-time. All goals scored were in extra-time, the wait was worth it.
The first half was interesting, to say the least. Austria immediately showed great courage by taking the game to Italy, making a statement; that they would not sit back & defend.
Italy however found their feet however, growing into the match, and finally managing to string a few passes together. Austria then started to retreat and look to be more compact limiting the Italians to shots from outside the box. Italy did come close however with a shot from a distance that hit the Austrian’s left upright.
Still, the first half ended 0-0 however with the game very much in the balance.
In the 2nd half, the closest we came to seeing a goal was when Arnautovic scored with a great piece of improvisation. A headed effort struck the underside of the crossbar and crossed the line. Unfortunately for the Austrians, Arnautovic was rightly ruled offside.
The match then ends in normal time as a goalless draw meaning extra time was needed.
The deadlock was broken in the 95th minute by a fantastic goal from Juventus star Chiesa who slammed the ball home after some brilliant individual play earned him space close to the 6-yard box.
Austria seemed shaken by that goal, as just before the end of the first half of extra time, Pessina made it 2-0 after some pinball fell to his feet and he too slotted away from around the 6-yard area after some questionable defending from Austria.
Austria would be given a lifeline courtesy of Kalajdzic in the 114th minute through a corner. For the remainder of the game, Austria threw everything at the Italians in search of the equaliser, leaving their backline outnumbered to Italian counter-attacks which wouldn’t be capitalized on. The result means Italy will now wait to see if they face either Belgium or Portugal in the last 8.
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