Spain scraped into the final of the Confederations Cup with a thrilling penalty shoot-out win over Italy at the Estádio Plácido Castelo in Fortaleza on Thursday.
Regulation and 30 minutes of extra time ended in a goaless draw before all seven Spanish shooters — Xavi, Andrés Iniesta, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Ramos, Juan Mata, Jordi Alba and Jesus Navas — outsmarted italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
La Squadra Azzurra’s seventh protagonist Leonardo Bonucci missed the target, sparking wild celebrations among the players on the pitch as the reigning World and European Champions extended their winning streak to 26 matches.
La Roja will now lock horns with Brazil in the final at the Maracana on Sunday, after Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men downed Uruguay 2-1 in their semi-final clash thanks to goals from Fred and Paulinho.
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