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Published 27/06/2016

Italy's forward Lorenzo Insigne blows a kiss as he celebrates at the end of the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's forward Lorenzo Insigne blows a kiss as he celebrates at the end of the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's forward Pelle celebrates after scoring a goal during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTOVINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's forward Pelle is congratulated by Italy's forward Citadin Martins Eder following their 2-0 win over Spain in the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's forward Citadin Martins Eder celebrates following their 2-0 win over Spain in the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's forward Pelle (L) celebrates after scoring a goal with team mates during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTOVINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images
Itayl players celebrate following their 2-0 win over Spain in the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's midfielder Alessandro Florenzi (L) and Italy's defender Matteo Darmian celebrate during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTOVINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images
Soain's players react to Italy's victory at the end of the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's coach Antonio Conte gestures during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's forward Pelle (R) scores the 2-0 against Spain's goalkeeper David De Gea during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTOVINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images
Spain's midfielder Cesc Fabregas (top) wipes his face at the end of the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Spain's defender Gerard Pique (L) congratulates Italy's defender Giorgio Chiellini following their 2-0 win over Spain in the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO LEONGFRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's forward Pelle celebrates a goal during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's forward Pelle (R) scores the 2-0 against Spain's goalkeeper David De Gea during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTOVINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's forward Pelle celebrates a goal during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
Italy fans cheer during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's forward Pelle (R) scores the 2-0 against Spain's goalkeeper David De Gea during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTOVINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini (L) vie for the ball against Spain's midfielder Cesc Fabregas during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO LEONGFRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images
Spain fans watch the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's players celebrate at the end of the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's defender Angelo Ogbonna (top) celebrates at the end of the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's players celebrate at the end of the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
Spain's defender Sergio Ramos acknowledges the crowd following their 0-2 loss against Italy in the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO LEONGFRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's players celebrate at the end of the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's forward Pelle celebrates with Italy's forward Lorenzo Insigne following their 2-0 win over Spain in the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's midfielder Marco Parolo (L) vies with Spain's midfielder Cesc Fabregas during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Mattia De Sciglio of Italy is tackled by David Silva of Spain during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (C) is cheered by team members during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Mattia De Sciglio of Italy is tackled by David Silva of Spain during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Spain's goalkeeper David De Gea bows after a goal by Italy during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's forward Pelle celebrates after scoring a goal during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTOVINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images
Itayl players celebrate following their 2-0 win over Spain in the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's players celebrate after the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTOVINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Gianluigi Buffon of Italy celebrates his team's second goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Italy's players celebrate after the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTOVINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Gerard Pique of Spain reacts after missing a chance during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Graziano Pelle (2nd L) of Italy is shown a yellow card by referee Cuneyt Cakir during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Italy's players celebrate after the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTOVINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images
Spain's midfielder Sergio Busquets recieves a yellow card from Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO LEONGFRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Sergio Ramos of Spain and Graziano Pelle of Italy compete for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Italy's forward Pelle (R) scores the 2-0 against Spain's goalkeeper David De Gea during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTOVINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's defender Angelo Ogbonna (top) celebrates at the end of the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's forward Pelle (L) celebrates a goal during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's players celebrate after the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTOVINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Sergio Ramos of Spain controls the ball under pressure of Lorenzo Insigne of Italy during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Mattia De Sciglio of Italy and Andres Iniesta of Spain compete for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Lucas Vazquez of Spain and Alessandro Florenzi of Italy compete for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Italy's defender Matteo Darmian (L) vies for the ball against Spain's midfielder Cesc Fabregas during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Francisco LEONGFRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's players celebrate after the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTOVINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Spain players protest to referee Cuneyt Cakir during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Italy's football fans celebrate the second goal of their team on June 27, 2016 in a bar in Rome, during the Euro 2016 football match between Spain and Italy held at the Stade de France stadium in Paris, France. Italy won 2-0. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Gianluigi Buffon of Italy celebrates his team's second goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Italy's football fans celebrate the second goal of their team on June 27, 2016 in a bar in Rome, during the Euro 2016 football match between Spain and Italy held at the Stade de France stadium in Paris, France. Italy won 2-0. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Juanfran of Spain is challenged by Mattia De Sciglio of Italy during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Gianluigi Buffon of Italy punches the ball to clear in front of Aritz Aduriz of Spain during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
(LtoR) Italy's midfielder Alessandro Florenzi, Italy's forward Ciro Immobile and Italy's coach Antonio Conte celebrate after the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. Italy won the match 2:0. / AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTOVINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images
Spain's midfielder David Silva (R) vies with Italy's defender Giorgio Chiellini during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's forward Citadin Martins Eder and Italy's midfielder Alessandro Florenzi celebrate after the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. Italy won the match 2:0. / AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTOVINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images
An Italian fan holds her country's flag as she watches the football match between Italy and Spain at the Champ-de-Mars fan zone in Paris on June, 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAYBERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images
Spain's forward Alvaro Morata plays the ball during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Cesc Febregas of Spain and Matteo Darmian of Italy compete for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Juanfran of Spain applauds the supporters after his team's 0-2 defeat in the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Spain's defender Gerard Pique (top, C) vies for the ball with Italy's defender Giorgio Chiellini (top, L), Italy's forward Pelle (top, R) and Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (bottom) during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Pierre-Philippe MARCOUPIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images
Spain's midfielder David Silva controls the ball during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Sergio Busquets (4th L) of Spain is shown a yellow card by referee Cuneyt Cakir (5th L) during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Italy's midfielder Alessandro Florenzi (L) vies for the ball against Spain's forward Lucas Vázquez during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Gerard Pique of Spain shoots at goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Lucas Vazquez of Spain is challenged by Alessandro Florenzi of Italy during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Lucas Vazquez of Spain controls the ball under pressure of Alessandro Florenzi of Italy during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Spain's midfielder Sergio Busquets (L) vies for the ball with Italy's midfielder Marco Parolo during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTOVINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Antonio Conte head coach of Italy gestures during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Spain's forward Aritz Aduriz (L) controls the ball beside Italy's defender Leonardo Bonucci during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Referee Cuneyt Cakir talks to Antonio Conte head coach of Italy during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Italy's defender Leonardo Bonucci (L) vies for the ball against Spain's forward Aritz Aduriz during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Referee Cuneyt Cakir talks to Antonio Conte head coach of Italy during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Italy's midfielder Alessandro Florenzi (L) vies with Spain's forward Lucas Vázquez during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Spain's forward Aritz Aduriz (L) vies with Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon fends off a ball during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Pierre-Philippe MARCOUPIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's midfielder Thiago Motta vies for the ball against Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Francisco LEONGFRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Antonio Conte (R) head coach of Italy talks to Alessandro Florenzi (L) during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Vicente del Bosque head coach of Spain looks on during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Antonio Conte head coach of Italy gestures during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Eder of Italy shoots at goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Antonio Conte head coach of Italy gestures during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Referee Cuneyt Cakir gestures during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Spain's forward Aritz Aduriz (L) jumps for the ball against Italy's defender Giorgio Chiellini during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Francisco LEONGFRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Emanuele Giaccherini of Italy is tackled by Sergio Busquets of Spain during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Vicente del Bosque head coach of Spain gestures during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Leonardo Bonucci of Italy celebrates his team's first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Andres Iniesta of Spain controls the ball under pressure of Giorgio Chiellini of Italy during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Italy's defender Mattia De Sciglio (L) vies for the ball against Spain's forward Aritz Aduriz during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Francisco LEONGFRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: A general view during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Cesc Febregas of Spain and Marco Parolo of Italy tussle during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Spain's midfielder David Silva (L) and Spain's defender Juanfran (2nd R) vie with Italy's midfielder Marco Parolo (2nd L) and Italy's midfielder Thiago Motta during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Referee Cuneyt Cakir (L) talks to Daniele De Rossi (R) of Italy during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Cesc Febregas of Spain looks on during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Spain fans watch the game from the stands during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's coach Antonio Conte (L) shakeas hands with Italy's forward Citadin Martins Eder as he leaves the pitch during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTOVINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images
Italy fans cheer during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Italy players line up for the team photos prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Antonio Conte head coach of Italy gestures during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Graziano Pelle sealed Italy's place in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals with a stoppage-time strike to sink reigning champions Spain at the Stade de France.

Leading and largely dominant after Giorgio Chiellini's first-half opener, the Italians had survived a scare moments earlier when Gianluigi Buffon saved superbly to deny Gerard Pique an equaliser.

But Pelle's brilliant finish at the other end completed a richly deserved 2-0 win for Antonio Conte's side, who were only denied a bigger winning margin by the brilliance of Spain goalkeeper David De Gea.

De Gea pulled off a string of fine saves to deny the likes of Pelle, Emanuele Giaccherini and Eder but Italian class told in the end as they underlined their emergence as genuine contenders to seize the vacated crown.

Spain had seemed under the weather from the first minute, which was greeted by a torrential downpour, and De Gea was soon called into action with an excellent diving save to stop Pelle's well-directed free-kick.

Two minutes later the Manchester United keeper made an even better stop to deny Giaccherini, whose overhead kick in the box was palmed onto the foot of the post, although the referee subsequently penalised the Italian for dangerous play.

Spain had a rare half-chance in the 20th minute when Nolito made good ground on the left before pulling the ball back for Cesc Fabregas, whose powerful low drive was blocked by Chiellini.

But Italy remained in the ascendancy with Mattia De Sciglio in particular causing problems down the right, and his dangerous cross almost connected with the head of Marco Parolo in front of goal in the 26th minute.

Sergio Ramos squirted an attempted clearance past his own post from another De Sciglio ball two minutes later, before the Italians grabbed the opener they more than deserved just past the half-hour mark.

De Gea stuck out a foot to stop Giaccherini reaching Eder's free-kick in front of goal but he could only deflect the ball to the advancing Chiellini, who fired home from close range.

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

Spain gradually gained more possession in the second period and Alvaro Morata missed a good chance when his header in front of goal fell straight into the arms of Buffon.

But it was a rare opportunity for the defending champions and Italy continued to come close, Eder denied again by De Gea in the 56th minute after springing clear down the right on a counter-attack.

Spanish pressure became more consistent as the minutes ticked by, Aritz Aduriz shooting wide after a fine dummy by Andres Iniesta, then Fabregas playing through Lucas Vazquez only to find the substitute marginally offside.

And it was Buffon who rose to the occasion in the dying minutes, denying first Iniesta then Pique before Pelle rounded off a superb individual performance with the goal to send his country through to the last eight.

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