After 37 games and 3 years, Italy’s unbeaten streak came to an end, as Italy lost 1-2 to Spain in the first semi-final of the Nations League.
At the San Siro Stadium in Milan, Luis Enrique’s Spain gained a double lead in the first half.
Ferran Torres scored a brace, taking advantage of Leonardo Bonucci’s send off on 41 minutes.
Two goals down and, with one man less, there is not much that Italy could do.
After the restart, Mancini sent in Giorgio Chiellini to reinforce his defensive line, pulling out Bernardeschi.
It seemed like there was still some hope but, Spain ultimately came back to winning ways in this eternal derby of Southern Europe.
The unbeaten streak is over. It was to happen sooner or later but, the Italians did fight until the end.
On Sunday, they will face the winner between France and Belgium to brace for their first trophy since the Euro 2021.
By Brian Ayatta