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Italy should be ‘extra proud’ after eliminating Spain – Antonio Conte

Italy outclassed the defending champions and move on to the quarterfinals to face Germany.
Italy manager Antonio Conte says the Azzurri should be “extra proud” of beating defending champions Spain in the round of 16 at Euro 2016 on Monday.
Conte’s Italy used goals from Giorgio Chiellini in the 33rd minute and Graziano Pelle in second-half stoppage time to stun the 2008 and 2012 Euro winners at the Stade de France.
Conte was criticised at home and abroad for leaving some big names off his squad list for the competition but has made up for any lack of talent with tactical acumen, which…
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Thirty-two short films about Giorgio Chiellini from Italy’s 2-0 win over Spain

Italy outclassed the defending champions and move on to the quarterfinals to face Germany.
SAINT-DENIS, France — Italy defeated Spain 2-0 to reach the Euro quarterfinals. A big reason why? Long suffering Giorgio Chiellini.
1. Chiellini stands in the Italian line for the anthems next to Gianluigi Buffon, their arms tight around each other. Spain loom to their left. The atmosphere inside Stade de France is heavy under a low and threatening sky; it feels more like the moments before a final than the seventh match of the Round of 16. It feels that way because it was the final in 2012, when…
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Spain below par across the board in Euro 2016 exit to Italy

Italy outclassed the defending champions and move on to the quarterfinals to face Germany.

Spain finished their Euro 2016 participation with a 2-0 loss to Italy in the last-16 round of the tournament.

For the fourth consecutive match, Vicente del Bosque fielded the same starting line-up. After a disappointing first half, Spain trailed 1-0 and looked unable to break Italy’s high press or react to Daniele De Rossi’s influence on proceedings.

The Spaniards reacted after half-time, dominating ball possession but struggling to create scoring chances. Right after Gianluigi Buffon saved…

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