Italy Player Ratings vs Spain… Donnarumma, Jorginho, Emerson stand out

July 7th, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Italy have reached the UEFA Euro 2020 Final, beating Spain on penalties in the semis. Check out the Azzurri’s player ratings.

Donnarumma 8 – Denied Dani Olmo in the first half. Was good between the sticks, not as much with the ball at his feet, but saved the decisive penalty on Alvaro Morata.

Di Lorenzo 7 – Ferran Torres is not the easiest opponent to deal with. Not a coincidence the Napoli defender fouled the Spaniard three times in the opening 35 minutes. In the second half, he intercepted a dangerous pass for Dani Olmo and moved on the left flank when Toloi came in.

Bonucci 6.5 – Luis Enrique didn’t start a classic centre forward, giving the 34-year-old and Giorgio Chiellini no reference point to mark. He shared the responsibility for Spain’s equaliser with Chiellini and Barella. Clinical from the spot.

Chiellini 6 – He was the Italy player to complete most passes in the first half, meaning Spain did a good job preventing his fellow Azzurri teammates to pick the ball and build the attack. He made it too easy for his Juventus teammate Morata to receive the ball and score the equaliser.

Emerson 7 – The Chelsea full-back replaced Spinazzola, who had been one of Italy’s best players, if not the best one, during the competition. Emerson created the first and only opportunities for the Azzurri in the first half after an efficient combination of passes with Lorenzo Insigne. (Toloi 72 – 6.5 Solid rock at the back, picked up a yellow card.)

Verratti 5 – A tough game for the PSG midfielder. Many highs and lows in the middle of the pitch as he couldn’t always cope with Spain’s dynamic midfielders. (Pessina 72 6 – Not as smooth as in the previous games, but helped the team keep things tight in midfield)

Jorginho 7 – Struggled to be an influence given Italy’s lack of possession, but his interceptions were always accurate. Scored the decisive penalty.

Barella 5 – Looked very tired and more quiet than he usually is and lost too many balls. (Locatelli 84 5.5 – Tough game for him too, missed the only penalty for the Azzurri, but in the end it didn’t matter.)

Chiesa 7 – Italy didn’t create any trouble for Spain down the right flank in the first half and Chiesa was probably sweating when he saw Domenico Berardi warming up before the break. He couldn’t find a better way to redeem himself than putting Italy ahead with a wonderful curler.

Immobile 6 – Had been harshly criticised, for multiple reasons, for his performance against Belgium. He didn’t really produce anything better against Spain, until he kept a possession alive, which was decisive for Chiesa’s opening goal. (Berardi 61 5.5 – Wasted two golden chances to double Italy’s lead.)

Insigne 6 – His former coach Maurizio Sarri has recently claimed Insigne has been Italy’s best player for a few years now. The diminutive Napoli winger was undoubtedly among the most dangerous in the first half as he teamed up with Emerson Palmieri to create the best opportunities for the Azzurri. Couldn’t produce the same in the second half. (Belotti 84 5.5 – Was often caught off-side, but was clinical from the spot.)

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