Player ratings: Italy v. Spain


LONDON — Italy beat Spain on penalty kicks to seal a spot in the EURO 2020 final after an epic semifinal clash between two heavyweights, as the player ratings were a joy to dish out.

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Federico Chiesa gave Italy the lead in the second half but Alvaro Morata equalized to send the game to extra time.

After an intense 120 minutes plus penalty kicks, Italy were victorious as Jorginho slotted home the winning kick after Gianluigi Donnarumma denied Morata. There was definitely a lot of movement when it came to the Italy – Spain player ratings as star players from both countries impressed but then struggled.

Italy have now gone 33 games without defeat and will be the favorites to win it all against either England and Denmark back at Wembley for the final. Italy have only won the European Championships once in their history, in 1968.

Here are the Italy – Spain player ratings out of 10, as we dish out marks to the players who put on one heck of a show at Wembley.

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Italy player ratings

Gianluigi Donnarumma: 8 – Made one good stop to deny Olmo in the first half after his wayward clearance. Then denied Spain on a few occasions and came off his line well. A commanding presence throughout and saved Morata’s penalty kick in the shootout.

Giovanni Di Lorenzo: 7 – Solid at right back and switched over to left back when Emerson came off.

Leonardo Bonucci: 7 – Had a great battle with Morata but looked a little uneasy with Olmo and others dropping deeper for the first 60 minutes.

Giorgio Chiellini: 6 – Some good clearances, but allowed Morata to run off him a little too easily for Spain’s equalizer. Did his best to hold Italy together as Spain dominated.

Emerson Palmieri: 7 – Marauding display in the first half, as he hit the bar and caused so many problems. Filled in admirably for Spinazzola but tired in the second half.

Jorginho: 7 – Solid and steady throughout. Tried to hold the Italian midfield together. Scored the winning penalty kick in ice cold fashion.

Marco Verratti: 6 – Not his best display. Pedri got the better of him.

Nico Barella: 6 – Some nice touches and hit the post with a lovely effort early on, but was offside.

Federico Chiesa: 8 – What a sensational goal for the opener. So direct with his running and oozed class. Subbed off with an injury.

Ciro Immobile: 6 – Struggled to get chances but some nice flicks. Involved in Chiesa’s goal.

Lorenzo Insigne: 6 – See above. Some nice touches and involved in Chiesa’s goal, but didn’t see enough of the ball.


Domenico Berardi (62′ on for Immobile): 7 – Went close on multiple occasions and had a goal, correctly, ruled out for offside.

Rafael Toloi (74′ on for Emerson): 5 – Struggled to adjust to the. pace of the game after coming on at right back.

Matteo Pessina (74′ on for Verratti): 6 – Worked hard to plug gaps all over the pitch.

Manuel Locatelli (85′ on for Barella): 6 – Did his best to try and wrestle back control of midfield. Had his penalty saved.

Andrea Belotti (85′ on for Insigne): 6 – Put himself about and ran the channels well. Smashed his penalty home.

Federico Bernardeschi (107′ on for Chiesa): 6 – Had little time to make an impact. Smashed home his penalty kick.

Spain player ratings

Unai Simon: 6 – Some really shaky moments with the ball at his feet. Couple of routine saves.

Cesar Azpilicueta: 6 – Caught out a few times in the first half and a few sloppy passes too. He’s much better as a center back in a three than a right back, especially with Italy’s wide players.

Eric Garcia: 7 – Really calm and assured from the former Man City defender.

Aymeric Laporte: 8 – Some great blocks and was a real leader for Spain.

Jordi Alba: 7 – Had quality on the ball and helped his team dig deep.

Koke: 6 – Struggled to impact this game. Has struggled a little this tournament.

Sergio Busquets: 8 – Brilliant display. Used all of his experience, almost scored a curler and held Spain dominate large chunks of the game.

Pedri: 8 – What a talent Pedri, just 18, is. Some lovely touches to set up chances and worked so hard in a deeper central midfield role.

Mikel Oryazabal: 5 – Got into some great positions but the Real Sociedad man had no composure.

Dani Olmo: 8 – Exceptional. Constant threat, always running at Italy’s defense and set up Morata for the equalizer. Went close himself on several occasions too but smashed his penalty over.

Ferran Torres: 5 – Struggled to get into the game and made some rash decisions in the final third.

Alvaro Morata (62′ on for Torres): 7 – Missed a few chances, but kept making the runs and got his goal. What a moment that was. Had his penalty kick saved.

Gerard Moreno (70′ on for Oyarzabal): 5 – Barely had a kick, but scored his penalty kick.

Rodri (70′ on for Koke): 7 – Got on the front foot.

Marcos Llorente (82′ on for Azpilicueta): 6 – Provided energy at right back.

Thiago Alcantara (105′ on for Busquets): 5 – One poor free kick, one lovely no-look penalty kick.

Pau Torres (109′ on for Garcia): 6 – Great block to deny a shot.

Premier League table, 2022-23 season

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If it’s the 2022-23 Premier League table you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

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After the break for the 2022 World Cup, the Premier League returned with a bang and the start to 2023 has delivered plenty of fun.

Now we are approaching the final few months of the campaign, it is so tight up and down the Premier League table.

Who’s looking like title contenders and/or favorites?

As we head into the final months of the 2022-23 season, Arsenal and Manchester City are looking head and shoulders above the rest and although Manchester United briefly surged into the picture, they look more likely to cement their spot as the third best team in the Premier League.

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The Gunners will have their hands full for the duration of their title challenge, as Erling Haaland continues to take the Premier League by storm with an almost impossible goal-scoring record.

What about the top four and European places?

Uneven Tottenham are hanging in the top four battle and for the moment have hunted down Newcastle, while Liverpool is back in the Champions League picture after their return to form and Chelsea looks like a top six finish is their ceiling. For now.

Surprising Fulham, Brentford, and Brighton are all hanging around on the periphery with fine campaigns. Can one of them surprise and qualify for Europe?

Who are the candidates for relegation?

Southampton, West Ham, and Bournemouth currently occupy the relegation places but that keeps changing all the time and it is so tight at the bottom of the table.

Nottingham Forest, Leicester City, Wolves, Leeds, Everton and Crystal Palace all find themselves within a few points of the bottom three as the race to stay in the Premier League intensifies. This could be the craziest relegation scrap in Premier League history.

Below you will find the latest Premier League table.

Premier League table – March 19

Premier League standings

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Arsenal vs Leeds: How to watch, live stream link, team news


Arsenal can keep its Premier League title run going strong with a win over relegation-fighting Leeds United on Saturday at the Emirates Stadium (watch live, 10am ET on USA Network and online via

The Gunners enter Saturday with an 8-point title lead over Manchester City, who holds a match-in-hand and plays the 7:30am ET kickoff earlier Saturday vs Liverpool.


Leeds is coming off a feisty but fortunate 4-2 win over Wolves that it took it clear of the bottom three by two points.

If Leeds can manage a point here, it will be a heaping helping of unexpected and will say something about Javi Gracia’s project at Elland Road.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Arsenal vs Leeds.

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How to watch Arsenal vs Leeds live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel: USA Network
Online: Stream via

Key storylines & star players

For Arsenal, it’s going to continue to be a feast of talent in attacking positions as Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard are in the Premier League Player of the Year conversation and Gabriel Martinelli isn’t too far off. Perhaps Gabriel Jesus would be there, too, if he didn’t miss such a long stretch of time with injury but he’s fit and firing and Leeds has reason to worry about its back line. Leeds would love to see Maximillian Wober and Tyler Adams available but they are not and it will be incumbent about the attackers to make up for their absences. Weston McKennie and Marc Roca will be under the microscope today.

Arsenal team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Thomas Partey (other), Kieran Tierney (calf). OUT: William Saliba (lower back), Mohamed Elneny (knee), Eddie Nketiah (ankle), Takehiro Tomiyasu (knee)

Leeds team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Maximillian Wober (thigh), Stuart Dallas (thigh), Adam Forshaw (groin), Tyler Adams (hamstring), Wilfried Gnonto (ankle).

Arsenal title tracker – What do Gunners need to win the Premier League?


Eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table with 10 games to go, what do Arsenal need to win their first Premier League title in 19 years?

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Mikel Arteta has his young side on the cusp of a pretty remarkable and very unexpected Premier League title win.

With a solid defensive unit, perfectly balanced midfield and the likes of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard having fine campaigns in the final third, there is so much to love about this Arsenal team.

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But how, and when, can Arsenal seal the Premier League title they crave? How many points do they need to gain? What are the scenarios based on their huge game against Manchester City in April?

How many points do Arsenal need to win the Premier League title?

With 10 games remaining, there are many different ways the Gunners can win the Premier League title.

In its simplest form: if Arsenal win nine of their final 10 games they will be crowned Premier League games.

The magic number for Arsenal to reach is 95 points. If they reach 95 points, Manchester City cannot catch them.

But if Man City beat Arsenal in their huge game at the Etihad on April 26 and win their game in-hand, Arsenal will need to win all nine of their other remaining game to be sure of the title. That would give them 96 points and Man City could only finish on 94.

If Arsenal drew against Man City then Man City could only finish on a maximum of 92 points. That means Arsenal would need eight wins from their remaining nine games to win the title as they would have 94 points.

If Arsenal win at Man City then Man City would only be able to reach 91 points. So, Arsenal would only have to win seven of their other nine remaining games to seal the title.

All of this proves just how massive the Manchester City vs Arsenal game on April 26 is in deciding the title winner.

When did Arsenal last win the Premier League?

They last won the Premier League title in the 2003-04 season, the famous ‘Invincibles’ campaign as they didn’t lose any of their 38 games that season.

Think Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Freddie Ljungberg, Sol Campbell and Robert Pires in full flow and Arsene Wenger with a huge smile on his face on the sidelines. Magnificent.

When did Arsenal last win a trophy?

The last trophy Arsenal won was the FA Cup in the 2019-20 season, they also won the FA Community Shield in 2020.

Both of those trophies were won by current boss Mikel Arteta.

Which trophies have Arsenal won?

Here are the list of trophies the Gunners have won in their history:

  • FA Cup (14 – Record)
  • Premier League/First Division titles (13)
  • League Cup (2)
  • FA Community Shield (16)
  • European Cup Winners’ Cup (1)
  • Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (1)

Manchester City vs Liverpool: How to watch live, stream link, team news


Manchester City host Liverpool in a huge game for both teams as they battle for the title and a top four finish respectively.


Pep Guardiola’s Man City can momentarily cut the gap to leaders Arsenal to five points but there are question marks swirling around the fitness of goalscoring machine Erling Haaland heading into this game. City are looking for a three-peat of Premier League titles and five in the last six seasons, but Arsenal don’t look like they’re going to slip up anytime soon. So City can’t afford to either. They’ve won six in a row in all competitions, scoring 23 and conceding once in that run. We all know they love to kick on at this point of the campaign, so let’s see if they can do it again.

As for Liverpool, well, it has been one step forward and one step back pretty much all season long for Jurgen Klopp’s side. After their 7-0 shellacking of Manchester United, they then lost at Bournemouth to infuriate Klopp and their fans further. The front three of Salah, Nunez and Gakpo are all clicking through the gears nicely but Liverpool have to become more consistent and dominant games in midfield if they’re going to close the gap to the current top four. They’ve had success against City in recent years as their contrasting style of play match up well but this seems like a different, more fragile, Liverpool this season.

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Here’s everything you need for Manchester City vs Liverpool.

How to watch Manchester City vs Liverpool live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 7:30am ET, Saturday
TV Channel: Peacock
Online: Stream via Peacock Premium

Key storylines & in-form players to watch

The fitness of Haaland is obviously a huge concern for City as he suffered a groin issue and did not play for Norway over the international break and returned to Manchester for treatment. If he isn’t fit to start then expect Julian Alvarez to come in. Elsewhere, City are flying with Jack Grealish, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gunodgan having a big role to play with Phil Foden out following his Appendectomy. As always, Kevin de Bruyne is the main man and will relish this chance to cut Arsenal’s lead atop the table.

Liverpool just can’t find consistency right now. They have improved defensively but they are a real Jekyll and Hyde team. Jurgen Klopp isn’t a fan of that and showed his frustration after their defeat at Bournemouth, which was their last Premier League game and was way back on March 11. He’s had a few weeks to stew over that loss and it will be intriguing to see what plan he has come up with. For this game as earlier this season Liverpool beat Man City 1-0 at Anfield by playing a front four which pinned City in.

Manchester City team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Phil Foden (appendix removed) | QUESTIONABLE: Erling Haaland (groin)

Liverpool team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Calvin Ramsay (knee), Stefan Bajcetic (groin), Luis Diaz (knee), Thiago Alcantara (hip), Naby Keita (muscle) | QUESTIONABLE: Kostas Tsimikas (rib)