Chelsea fans react as Jorginho, Emerson Palmieri, and Cesar Azpilicueta make 2020 UEFA Euros semi-final
Chelsea have had a number of players from their current squad in the 2020 UEFA Euros. And three of them have written their name in history as qualified for the semi-final on Friday night.
Italy took on Belgium in a battle of the behemoths as the finalists of the 2012 UEFA Euro looked to reach the last-4 of the competition. The Italians were imperious and raced to a 2-0 lead.
However, a penalty from former Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku in first-half added time meant Italy’s lead was cut in half. Leonardo Spinazzola played a great game, which saw him make a goal-line clearance in the second half.
But the Roma wing-back, who has been linked to Chelsea by a report from The Mirror (as covered by ASBTF), went down with a serious injury. He was then replaced by Emerson Palmieri, the out-of-favour Blues full-back.
Triple delight for Chelsea fans
Emerson and Jorginho played a vital role as they helped the Italians keep the scoreline at 2-1 until full-time. This result came after Spain had beaten Switzerland on penalties earlier in the day.
With Cesar Azpilicueta in their defence, the Spaniards were unable to score past a 10-man Switzerland as the game stayed 1-1 until the end of 120 minutes. A first-half Denis Zakaria own goal was cancelled out by Xherdan Shaqiri’s strike in the 68th minute.
Despite Remo Freuler’s 77th-minute red-card, Schweizer Nati held on, but completely fell apart in the shoot-outs. Spain scored thrice as compared to Switzerlands’ one, as Yann Sommer’s masterclass in goal went to waste.
But that meant Chelsea’s defensive stalwart, Azpilicueta, booking a spot in the semi-final of the competition, where they will now face the Italians.
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Chelsea fans were quick to congratulate the trio on Twitter, and here are some of the best reactions as found on the social media website.
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