Italy finally ends its losing run against Spain with 2-0 win

Italy beats Spain 2-0 to reach Euro 2016 quarterfinals

It was, officially, the end of an era for Spain, or perhaps it was just prolonging the end from the 2014 World Cup.

Conte was an animated figure on the touchline throughout and played a full part in euphoric celebrations when Pelle smashed home to confirm his superb tactical plan would be rewarded with a quarter-final against world champions Germany.

Spain were simply not able to deal with it. Of course, one of the main symptoms behind their defeat was that they either didn't know how to move the ball quicker or simply didn't feel like they needed to.

"Given the fact we can't fall back on a selection of good players we have to be a collective". But you play against great teams and great players who make you value what you won in the past. People only seem to see the defensive side...

Sigthorsson then took advantage of more slack defending by England, getting time and space to shoot from just inside the area.

"We deserved this win", said Chiellini.

"Spanish football still has a great structure, with good players and coaches, and now we must look forward to qualifying for the next World Cup".

"Spain pressed us high a lot in the second half and we struggled to play our way out". "Italy were the better team, I congratulate them". Italy had also been eliminated by Spain in a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals at Euro 2008.

Conte conceded Italy can not match the likes of Spain and Germany in terms of playing talent, meaning they must find strength in the collective - as they did so thrillingly during Tuesday's (AEST) match.

The veteran has also had offers from the Premier League, Bundesliga and France's Ligue 1, but appears to have made up his mind regarding the end of his coaching career, and will be subject to a tribute by the RFEF, the Spanish government and King Felipe VI and his father Juan Carlos, who elevated the Coach to be the 1st Marquis of Del Bosque following the 2010 World Cup success.

Southampton forward Pelle sealed Italy's win in stoppage time as he superbly volleyed beyond De Gea after a cross from Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian deflected invitingly into his path.

They will rebuild and come strong again on the global front, but for now, this is Italy's chance to shine. He reacted well to the loose ball while Spain's defenders were rushing to find the ball and clear it away, and hammered it come into an open goal before David de Gea could recover from his first save of the sequence.

It could have been worse for the Spaniards but for de Gea, who plucked Alessandro Florenzi's cross out of the air then saved brilliantly to deny Giaccherini again on the stroke of half-time.

Italy's Giorgio Chiellini celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between Italy and Spain, at the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Monday, June 27, 2016.

His low shot was crisp enough although well within range for Joe Hart but the England keeper got only half a glove on it and watched in horror as it dribbled over the line.

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