Italy stars party on plane and take over PA system after win over Belgium

Italy stars celebrated their Euro 2020 win over Belgium by parting on their flight back to Florence and taking over the plane's PA system.

The Azzurri booked their place in the semi-finals of this summer's major tournament by edging out a 2-1 victory over Roberto Martinez's side in Munich on Friday night.

Goals from Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne handed them a 2-0 lead after 44 minutes, before Romelu Lukaku's penalty gave Belgium a lifeline two minutes into first-half stoppage time.

But in the end that spot-kick was unable to inspire a comeback for the Red Devils, with Italy holding out for a much-deserved win.

And after sealing progression to the last four of the European Championship, Roberto Mancini's men were in a jubilant mood as they boarded their flight back to Florence.

In a video uploaded by Italy on Instagram, the likes of Federico Chiesa, Emerson Palmieri and Giacomo Raspadori can be seen singing and dancing on the plane.

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Federico Bernardeschi then takes over the PA system to lead a chant for Leonardo Spinazzola, who was stretchered off during Friday night's victory after rupturing his Achilles tendon.

Spinazzola pulled up chasing the ball during the second half when he sustained the injury, which has ended his tournament and could keep him out of action for several months.

Mancini was devastated to lose the Roma defender, insisting he was one of the best performers at the tournament before injury forced him out of it.

"He didn't deserve that," the Italy boss said.

"He has been one of the best players of this tournament and he will still be even if he can't play in the next games.

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"We are very, very sad with what has happened it seems quite a serious one."

Italy are now gearing up for next week's pivotal semi-final clash with Spain, who booked their place in the last four by beating Switzerland on penalties earlier in the day.

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