Spain 1-0 Italy: Italy Player Ratings as Azzurri fall to La Roja dominance | 2024 European Championship

Spain v Italy: Group B - UEFA EURO 2024
Spain v Italy: Group B - UEFA EURO 2024

A second-half own-goal from Riccardo Calafiori handed Spain a 1-0 win and three points against Italy in a pivotal Group B clash in the Euros on Thursday, June 20. After a come-from-behind victory over Albania last time out, manager Luciano Spalletti named an unchanged lineup.

With the two sides coming off a win, the outcome of the clash was certain to have a decisive impact on the group standings.

La Roja started strongly, putting the Italian defense to the sword. Pedri and Nico Williams missed good chances early on as they looked to dominate the game.

It was more of the same in the second half, with Italy coming under loads of pressure from a relentless Spain attack. The pressure eventually paid dividends as Calafiori turned the ball into his own net after Gianluigi Donnarumma tried to palm a cross away.

Spalletti made some attacking changes as they pushed ahead in search of the equaliser, but a resolute and organized performance from the Spanish back-line thwarted Italy easily. The result puts Luis de la Fuente's side firmly in the driver's seat to win the group, while Italy may need a win against Croatia in their last group stage fixture.

Here are the Italy player ratings:

Gianluigi Donnarumma - 7.5/10

A dogged performance from the PSG man kept Italy in the game through extended periods of pressure from the Spaniards. He made eight saves and was unfortunate to be beaten by an own-goal.

Giovanni Di Lorenzo - 4/10

It was an outing to forget for Di Lorenzo. The Napoli full-back was matched up against Nico Williams, who got the better of him repeatedly.

Alessandro Bastoni - 6/10

Bastoni was probably the side's best defender on the night. He had a few good moments defensively and was also sharp in possession.

Riccardo Calafiori - 5.5/10

What would have been a good day's work came undone for the rising star as he scored an own goal to hand Spain the lead. Apart from the error, he had a composed performance.

Federico Dimarco - 4.5/10

Similar to Di Lorenzo, Dimarco was put under immense pressure by Lamine Yamal. The Barcelona youngster got the better of Dimarco on multiple occasions, causing all sorts of trouble for the Italian defense.

Davide Frattesi - 5/10

Frattesi had a silent first-half before being taken off at the break.

Jorginho - 4/10

The Arsenal midfielder looked out of sorts in the first period, failing to control the tempo as he did against Albania. He gave the ball away too many times (81% pass completion) and was rightly subbed off at half-time.

Nicolo Barella - 5.5/10

Barella had a typically energetic game but could not really contribute much going forward.

Federico Chiesa - 4.5/10

After a stellar outing against Albania, Chiesa was nowhere to be found against Spain. He could not get the better of Marc Cucurella and had just one shot, one touch in the opposition box, and just 19 touches overall in over 60 minutes of action.

Gianluca Scamacca - 5/10

The striker did not get any help from his fellow attackers and looked isolated.

Lorenzo Pellegrini - 5/10

It was mostly a silent night for Pellegrini, who spent more time tracking back than helping Italy score.

Substitutes

Bryan Cristante - 5/10

Cristante was a definite upgrade along with Cambiaso for the second half in midfield, but he could not make a telling impact.

Andrea Cambiaso - 5/10

Looked nervy at times but cleared the ball off the line to keep the score at 1-0.

Mateo Retegui - 5.5/10

He seemed to be involved more than Scamacca, but couldn't really make a difference with no service.

Mattia Zaccagni - 5.5/10

He was brought on alongside Retegui and combined well, but lacked the quality to create clear chances.

Giacomo Raspadori - N/A

Raspadori came on too late and did not play enough minutes to merit a rating

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Edited by Arshit Garg
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