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Barella scored the first goal after 31 minutes before Lorenzo Insigne’s magnificent curling shot doubled his advantage at the edge of half-time before Romelu Lukaku removed one for Belgium in the timeout of the first half.
Both teams had chances to score after the break in a breathless game, but Roberto Mancini’s side held on for a 13th straight win to take their unbeaten record to 32 games.
They will face Spain at Wembley on Tuesday for a place in the final after Luis Enrique’s side beat Switzerland 3-1 in a penalty shootout after their opponents clung to a draw 1- 1 after extra time despite a drop to 10 men.
Italy got off to a good start when Leonardo Bonucci put the ball in the net after 13 minutes from a free kick, but his celebrations were cut short when he was scored for offside.
Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma then made a superb one-handed save to prevent midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who was fit enough to start after suffering an injury in Belgium’s last game, before the goalkeeper don’t make a big effort from Lukaku.
the Azzurri took the lead when Barella finished in the lower corner after pushing two defenders into the box. It was Italy’s 10th goal in the tournament, their biggest goal in the European Championship.
Italy looked set to end the half on a high when Insigne’s exceptional curler doubled his lead, but Belgium narrowed the deficit three minutes later when Giovanni Di Lorenzo stormed Jeremy Doku into the surface and Lukaku converted the penalty.
Leonardo Spinazzola put in a superb goal-line clearance to prevent Lukaku from leveling after the break, but the impressive Italian left-back ended in tears when he was carried on a stretcher with a leg injury .
The animated Doku caused problems for the Azzurri defense all night and he threatened to equalize late when he cut off the wing to hit a shot on goal, but he flew a few inches off the bar.
After the game, Mancini praised his team for their daring victory.
“We deserved to win. The boys were amazing in the game, ”he said.
“We only suffered in the last 10 minutes because we were really tired, we had spent a lot. But we could have scored a few more goals. “
Mancini said his players deserved to enjoy the triumph before thinking about Spain.
“We didn’t have a minimum goal, we wanted to do our best, there is still a long way to go, there are two games left, we’ll see what happens,” he said.
“Spain? Let’s enjoy this victory, then we’ll think about it. Congratulations to my boys, they have been very good. “
Belgian coach Roberto Martinez praised his player’s efforts despite the loss.
“Italy is a team that has grown over the past month. You can see that wins build a lot of strength, ”Martinez said at a press conference.
“It gave them a better start in the first half. In the second half, we got into the game better and we were able to create chances. “
Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was disappointed but gave the Italians credit.
“It hits hard, but we knew it would be a tough game. We had two chances but their goalie made a good save and I think we gave the first goal a bit too easily, ”he said.
“It really could have gone both ways, but Italy deserved to win here. ”