The Guardian (England)
It was great evening entertainment. Austria gave it their all and were only inches away from eliminating one of the tournament favorites. Unfortunately, Marko Arnautovic was just offside before directing the ball past Gianluigi Donnarumma into the net.
Italy then hit the accelerator in extra time: Federico Chiesa took the lead with a superb finish, Matteo Pessina scored a second goal. Marcel Sabitzer should have scored the next goal after that, Sasa Kalajdzic did, but it was too late. Austria can go home with their heads held high, they performed well in their first knockout match in an international tournament since 1954.
Arnautovic returned to town where he laced West Ham United boots for several years. During the tournament, the exceptional forward hit the headlines for the wrong reasons and had to defend himself against claims that he had a nationalist outburst after his goal against North Macedonia. Even during his time in England, first with Stoke and then with West Ham, the Austrian struggled to stay away from the headlines.
And again, it turned out he stole the show at Wembley – but the VAR stole that moment from him. His head seemed to be leading Austria to a surprise victory, but it wasn’t meant to be. These are often the subtle differences.
Sunday Mail (England)
Italy, chosen by many as the best team in this European Championship, survived last night at Wembley Stadium with a huge shock against Austria and reached the quarter-finals. King of Cool Roberto Mancini already looked disheveled when the final whistle at the end of extra time saved his side from the tournament’s biggest shock so far.
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