Spain Euro 2020 came to an end last night as Luis Enrique’s men were defeated 4-2 on penalties against Italy at Wembley in the semi-finals. However, it was a night of individual accomplishment for striker Alvaro Morata as he joined some elite company while also making a Spanish record at the European Championships as he scored the equaliser in the 80th minute of the match after coming off the bench. Italy Book a Spot in Finals of Euro 2020, Beat Spain 4-2 on Penalties.
Alvaro Morata etched his name in history books as his dramatic late equaliser against Italy saw him overtake legendary Spanish striker Fernando Torres while also leveling Cristiano Ronaldo’s record at the European Championships. His strike came in the final ten minutes of the game, pulling Spain on level terms after Federico Chiesa had put Azzurri ahead in the game.
Alvaro Morata’s strike against tally in the Euro 2020 semi-final was his sixth at the European Championship, which saw him become Spain’s leading scorer, moving ahead of Fernando Torres, who had managed five goals for La Roja at the competition.
Record Breaker Alvaro!
6 - Alvaro Morata (6 goals) has scored more goals at the European Championships than any other Spain player, overtaking Fernando Torres' five goals. Answer. #EURO2020 #ITA #ESP https://t.co/5nhgllTGBS
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The goal also saw Alvaro Morata become only the second player after Cristiano Ronaldo to net three times in multiple European Championships. The Juventus striker has managed the feat at three separate tournaments. In addition, the Spaniard also became the first Spaniard to score at Wembley for both club and country.
However, Alvaro Morata wasn’t able to guide his team to the finals as they lost in the penalty shootout with the striker himself missing a crucial spot-kick. Italy are unbeaten in the competition so far and will face either England or Denmark in the summit clash at Wembley.
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