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    28.06.2016 10:00 - in: Other competitions S

    Azzurri overcome Spain to reach Euro quarters

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    Giorgio Chiellini scores Italy’s opening goal in a convincing 2-0 victory over Spain, which sees the Azzurri book their place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016

    There will be nine Juventus players representing their nations at the quarter-final stage of Euro 2016 after Italy, who count Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Stefano Sturaro and Simone Zaza among the squad members (the first four of which played the entirety of Monday’s last-16 tie), defeated Spain 2-0 in convincing fashion.

    Juve defender Chiellini broke the deadlock for Antonio Conte’s men after turning home in the 32nd minute after Spanish stopper David De Gea failed to hold onto Eder’s free kick.

    Gianluigi Buffon more than played his part in the win after making a handful of impressive second-half blocks before Graziano Pellè put the match beyond Vicente Del Bosque’s charges with a goal in the first minute of injury time.

    The Bianconeri’s Italian contingent joins France’s Paul Pogba and Patrice Evra and Germany’s Sami Khedira in reaching the competition’s last eight.

    Khedira will come up against the Azzurri at the quarter-final stage on Saturday 2 July (kick-off at 21.00 CEST) while Juve’s French duo of Pogba and Evra face Iceland the following evening at the same time, as the hosts also aim to sew up a semi-final spot.

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