Though they gave a good account of themselves, David Alaba and his Austria teammates have been knocked out of the ongoing Euro 2020 tournament.
Austria held Italy for 90 minutes before giving in during extra time as Roberto Mancini claimed a nail-biting 2-1 win.
Going into Saturday’s win or burst encounter, Italy were unbeaten in their last 13 meetings with Austria in all competitions (W10 D3), since a 1-2 friendly loss in December 1960.
Roberto Mancini’s men had enjoyed a perfect run in the group stage; winning all their three games without conceding any goal.
While many had tipped the Azurri to have an easy run against the David Alaba led side, that was not the case as it was 0-0 at the end of 90 minutes.
Italy’s superiority showed in the first half of extra time when Federico Chiesa broke the deadlock in the 95th minute and then Matteo Pessina doubled the advantage 10 minutes afterwards.
Austaria gave themselves a lifeline when Sasa Kalajdzic pulled one back in the second half of extra time but Italy held on for a 2-1 win which will see them play either Belgium or Portugal in the quarter final.
Italy had gone 1,168 minutes without conceding a goal until Austria scored in the 114th minute
Earlier in the day, Denmark who started the tournament on a rather shaky note picked the first quarter-final ticket as they walloped Wales 4-0 in their Round of 16 game played at the Johan Cruijff Arena
Two goals from Kasper Dolberg and late strikes from Joakim Maehle and Martin Braithwaite completed a convincing victory for Kasper Hjulmand’s side in Amsterdam.