EURO 2020

Euro 2020: Roberto Mancini Claims That His Italy Side Could Have Scored More Goals in Their 2-1 Win Over Belgium

Arjun Singh Devgan
Roberto Mancini has led his Italy side to the semi-final of the Euro 2020
Roberto Mancini has led his Italy side to the semi-final of the Euro 2020 / Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Italy national team manager, Roberto Mancini has hailed his side after they edged past Belgium 2-1 in the quarter-final of the ongoing 2020 European Championship on Friday to reach the semi-final stage for the first time since 2012.

First-half goals from Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne ensured that Italy progressed to the last-four despite Belgium attacking in droves in the second-half of the game. Mancini for his part believes that his side deserved to win on the night and could have scored more than the two goals that they eventually managed.

"We deserved to win. The players produced an excellent performance. We only suffered in the last 10 minutes and that was because we were really tired, we had given a lot. But we could have scored even more goals," he said post the game.

"We'll enjoy this win before we think about Spain. I congratulate my lads, who were superb. I was sure we were going to play really well."

While the win was celebrated, Italy suffered a blow as one of their key players, Leonardo Spinazzola suffered an injury during the game and had to be carried off the pitch in the second half. Reports in Italy claim that the player has ruptured his Achilles tendon and could be sidelined for months.

"He's been one of the best players of the tournament and we are so sad about what has happened, as it seems pretty serious," Mancini concluded.

Italy will next be seen in action on Tuesday, 6 July when they face Spain in the semi-final at the Wembley Stadium in London.