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Euro 2020 | Italy defeat Austria after extra time
Italy have beaten Austria 2-1 after extra time in the last 16 of Euro 2020.
The game ended scoreless after 90 minutes, before Italy's Federico Chiesa fired the Azzurri into a 95th-minute lead at Wembley.
Matteo Pessina doubled Roberto Mancini's side lead 10 minutes later, with Sasa Kalajdzic finding the net for Austria to give them late hope in extra-time in London.
Italy, who conceded their first goal of the tournament, held on to secure their place in the quarter-finals and extend their unbeaten streak to 31 matches. They will now take on the winners of Belgium and Portugal on Friday night in Munich.
Ciro Immobile went closest for Italy in the first half of normal time, striking the woodwork with an excellent swerving shot from distance. Before that, Austria goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann made a good save with his feet to deny Nicolo Barella from 18 yards.
Austria - playing in their first ever Euros knockout tie - grew in prominence in the second half, and Italy survived a scare in the 67th minute when Marco Arnautovic's header was ruled out by VAR.
David Alaba also sent a free kick narrowly over the crossbar and the Italian defence began to look uncharacteristically vulnerable against the swift Austrian counters.
However, Italy's substitutes made the crucial difference in extra time.
Moments after being denied by Bachmann, Chiesa controlled a high ball at the back post before cutting inside and lashing the ball into the far corner from a tight angle.
Bachmann then kept Austria in the game with a good save from a Lorenzo Insigne free kick as Italy took control of the tie at Wembley.
Pessina was in the right place to drive a low finish into the bottom corner from 10 yards following a scramble in the box from Insigne's low pass.
Austria hunted for an immediate response, and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnaruma made a fine sprawling save to beat away Michael Gregoritsch's ferocious low drive.
Franco Foda's side did become the first team to score against Italy at Euro 2020 in the 114th minute when Kalajdzic squeezed in a diving near post header from a corner.
Gregoritsch's shot whistled wide in the dying seconds as Mancini's men held on for a place in the last eight.