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Euro 2016: Italy Dismiss Spain, Set-Up Quarter Final Clash With Germany

.Italy players celebrating  Giorgio Chiellini's goal against Spain

. Italy players celebrating Giorgio Chiellini’s goal against Spain

Italy booked their passage to the European Championship quarter-finals following a 2-0 victory over defending champions Spain in the last-16 of the tournament on Monday night.

Holders Spain failed to advance beyond the second round stage, after suffering a  defeat in the hands of the Antoni Conte’s men. Juventus centre back Giorgio Chiellini scored the opening goal after he reacted quickest to tap in a rebound from Eder’s free-kick in the 33rd minute. Spain defender Gerard Pique, meanwhile, avoided punishment for an apparent stamp on Eder in the second-half.

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle scored Italy’s second goal, latching onto a fine long ball before finishing. The Azzurri are set to take on Germany in the last eight following their 3-0 triumph over Slovakia on Sunday.

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