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Federico Chiesa follows in father’s footsteps as Italy break triple record to send stout Austria packing

Federico Chiesa follows in father’s footsteps as Italy break triple record to send stout Austria packing

 

Roberto Mancini’s Italy required extra-time, but eventually got the job done to put Austria to the sword on Saturday evening.

Subs make the difference

Euro 2020’s 2nd knockout fixture played out at Wembley a short time ago.

Italy, the tournament’s standout group stage performers, faced off with a stout Austrian outfit eyeing an upset.

And, when Marko Arnautovic headed home David Alaba’s cushioned header across goal to open the evening’s scoring 25 minutes from time, it appeared as though the underdogs may be on for precisely that.

To the heartbreak of the Austrian fans in attendance, and indeed those across the globe, however, a lengthy VAR check eventually resulted in Arnie’s finish being ruled out for offside.

Franco Foda’s men, though, did not allow their setback to negatively affect a superb team performance, and continued to defy the odds in eventually pushing the clash all the way to extra time.

But the final 30 minutes simply proved a step too far.

The sheer quality boasted by Italy in reserve proved telling in time added on, as first, substitute Federico Chiesa produced the game’s first moment of true brilliance, cutting inside to lash a fine left-footed strike beyond Daniel Bachmann:

Then, with 105 minutes on the clock, the Azzurri finished the job.

Another of those introduced off the bench by Mancini – Matteo Pessina – was this time on target, sparking manic celebrations amongst the Italy squad:

There was still time for Austria to make their heavyweight opponents sweat, as Saša Kalajdžić headed home a low corner from the right five minutes from time, but, when all was said and done, it proved little more than a consolation.

Record breakers

On the back of the action coming to a close in London, meanwhile, a whole host of fascinating statistics have since come to the fore, surrounding the victorious Azzurri.

Though they struggled at times to break down an admittedly impressive Austria, Italy have long stood as one of world football’s most in-form teams.

It should therefore come as little surprise to hear that Mancini’s men are now the new owners of a trio of national records:

The Italians’ first goal of the evening, meanwhile, also proved an altogether special one for scorer Federico Chiesa.

Remarkably, the Juventus attacker’s strike came almost 25 years to the day after father Enrico found the net for Italy at Euro 96:

 

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