Gianluigi Donnarumma admits the 2-1 win over Belgium ‘felt interminable’ in stoppages, but Italy now head into the UEFA EURO 2020 semi-final with Spain. ‘We can fight it out with anyone.’
The goals in this quarter-final were scored by Nicolò Barella and Lorenzo Insigne, before a Belgian spot-kick, but went on until the 97th minute.
“That game felt interminable, it just wouldn’t end! This group is extraordinary, we deserve this and now we’ll play the semi-final, as we slowly approach our objective,” the goalkeeper told RAI Sport.
Donnarumma made a sensational first half one-handed save on Kevin De Bruyne.
“I always try to help the team, I’m emotional as this is my first major tournament and I wanted to progress as much as possible with the Italy jersey. I hope to make everyone’s dream come true.”
Belgium scored on the stroke of half-time with a contentious Romelu Lukaku penalty.
“We were a little angry in the locker room, but immediately calmed down, as there were 45 minutes to go and we couldn’t waste energy on that. We had chances to extend our lead, but the important thing was to reach the semi-finals.
“This Italy is extraordinary and we can fight it out with anyone.”
The Nazionale will face Spain in the Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley Stadium in London on Tuesday evening.