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After making all-time Euros history vs Spain, Chelsea’s Jorginho aiming to join Ronaldo in exclusive club

After making all-time Euros history vs Spain, Chelsea’s Jorginho aiming to join Ronaldo in exclusive club

A European Championships to remember for Italy star Jorginho could culminate in the midfielder joining a select group of players in an altogether exclusive club this weekend.

Spain downed

Jorginho and co. were back in action on Tuesday.

Italy, after ousting Belgium in the quarter-finals, were tasked with getting the better of a resurgent Spain side in the first of two Euro 2020 semi-final fixtures.

And, when all was said and done, down La Roja is precisely what the Azzurri managed.

After Federico Chiesa’s superb opener was cancelled out by Juventus teammate Alvaro Morata, the Wembley showdown was eventually forced to a penalty shootout.

Morata quickly went from hero to zero, seeing his spot-kick saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma, leaving the aforementioned Jorginho with the chance to book the Italians’ spot in the tournament’s finale.

And the Azzurri’s midfield metronome subsequently did so in style, making use of his trademark stutter technique before calmly picking out the bottom corner of Unai Simon’s net:

Blues star shining

Whilst it was Jorginho’s ice-cool spot-kick which went on to grab the headlines in the matchup’s aftermath, it was in fact his work off the ball over the course of the 120 minutes in London which saw the Chelsea star etch his name into the history books of the European Championships.

As revealed following the full-time whistle on Tuesday, Jorginho racked up no fewer than eight interceptions versus Spain, a new tournament record:

And, as outlined above, if the former Napoli man manages to guide his country beyond England in three days’ time, he will also join an exclusive club, featuring just nine players.

As per UEFA’s official website, to date, the only players to have featured for the winning side in the finals of both the European Cup/Champions League and European Championships in the same summer are:

Luis Suárez (Inter Milano & Spain), Hans van Breukelen, Ronald Koeman, Berry van Aerle and Gerald Vanenburg (PSV Eindhoven & Netherlands), Fernando Torres and Juan Mata (Chelsea & Spain) and Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe (Real Madrid & Portugal).

On the flip-side, if England get the better of Italy on Sunday, any of Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell or Reece James could join this list.

(Emerson didn’t take to the pitch for Chelsea in May’s Champions League final).

Read more:

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Combined England vs Italy XI

 


This article was edited by Ben Browning.

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