"What a player, what a talent", "Running the show" - Fans hail Spain star for his 'fantastic' performance in 1-0 win over Italy at Euro 2024

Fans praise Spain star for his outstanding performance against Italy in Euro 2024 (Image via Getty)
Fans praise Spain star for his outstanding performance against Italy in Euro 2024 (Image via Getty)

Fans were in awe of Spanish winger Nico Williams' outstanding performance during La Roja's 1-0 win over Italy in Euro 2024 on Thursday (June 20). Williams was awarded the UEFA Player of the Match for his performance.

Spain secured qualification to the Round of 16 after two consecutive wins in the Euro 2024 group stage. Fans on social media praised Athletic Bilbao winger Nico Williams, who was one of the best players in the fixture.

Here are some of their posts:

"Nico Williams is too good," a fan added.
"Nico Williams absolutely cooked," another said.
"Nico Williams statement game. He is fantastic," a fan wrote.
"Nico Williams, a player destined for greatness," a comment said.
"Statement win from spain. And @FCBarcelona, get the Nico Williams deal sorted soon," a Barcelona fan said.

The 21-year-old was on the pitch for 78 minutes and wreaked havoc on the left flank with his mazy runs and immaculate ball control. He created four chances, took two shots - striking the post in the 70th minute, and had eight touches in Italy's penalty area.

Nico Williams also helped out in defense when Italy charged forward. According to reports, he is on the radar of several top European clubs and his performances in the ongoing European Championships could increase the interest in his services.


Spain qualify for Euro 2024 Round of 16 after 1-0 win against Italy

Spain v Italy: Group B - UEFA EURO 2024 (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Spain v Italy: Group B - UEFA EURO 2024 (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

After two wins in the group stage against Croatia and Italy, La Roja have now qualified for the knockout stages of Euro 2024. Spain's next and final match in the group stage will be against Albania on June 24, arguably their easiest opponent.

In the clash against Italy, Spain created a host of chances in the first half, but were unable to beat Italian shot-stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma. The second half started in similar fashion, with La Roja exerting their dominance.

Nico Williams dribbled his way into the penalty box from the left flank and flashed the ball across the penalty area. After Donnarumma palmed it away from his goal, the ball hit Italian defender Riccardo Calafiori and flew into the net in the 55th minute.

The own-goal gave the Spaniards a deserved lead and they held off the Italians to secure a narrow victory. While La Roja has secured their spot in the knockout stage, Italy could join them in the next round if they can avoid defeat in their next fixture against Croatia in Euro 2024.

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Edited by Arshit Garg
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