The Italian national team advanced to the semifinals of the Euro 2020 tournament following its quarterfinal win against Belgium.
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti starred in the match, as he recorded an assist and created multiple goal-scoring chances for teammates.
It was a grand performance from Verratti that caught the attention of many in the world of football, including longtime Italian manager Claudio Ranieri.
“Our first half was spectacular,” Ranieri said. “I saw the absolute best football of this European Championship. There were moments of total brilliance, especially when we played with one touch, literally sending Belgium off the dribble. Jorginho was gigantic. [Nicolo] Barella was his perfect wingman. [Marco] Verratti was also good, quicker, and more essential.”
Verratti has blossomed for Italy ever since he made his return to action after being sidelined for over a month due to a notable knee injury.
Italy will now take on Spain in the upcoming Euro 2020 semifinal round, where Verratti will aim to help the Azzurri make a long-awaited return to the final of this competition.
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