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Pique points to Spain’s unfair ‘disadvantage’ in Euro semi-finals vs Italy

Italy v Spain - UEFA Euro 2020: Semi-final
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The two contestants couldn’t be separated after 120 minutes of action, forcing the game at Wembley to go into penalty shootouts.

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Gerard Pique is of the view Spain had an unfair “disadvantage” in the Euro semi-finals against Italy as they had to go second in the penalty shootouts.

Spain and Italy played out a 1-1 stalemate after extra time at Wembley on Tuesday night, with Alvaro Morata’s strike from close range canceling out Federico Chiesa’s second-half opener.

The match went into penalty shootouts, with Italy winning the toss. Roberto Mancini’s men started the shootout on a bad note as Manuel Locatelli missed the first spot-kick.

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The Spaniards, however, also missed their first penalty, allowing the opponents to get back in the game and eventually win the match 4-2.

“It is no coincidence that the four rounds that have been so much in the Euro 2020 like in the Copa America the team that shoots first has won,” Pique said in a Tweet.

“Statistics say that the former has more options and in a tournament like this it does not seem fair to me that a draw should make you start at a disadvantage.”

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Italy will now face either England or Denmark in the Euro 2020 finals, scheduled for June 11 at Wembley.