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After making all-time Euros history vs Spain, Chelsea’s Jorginho aiming to join Ronaldo in exclusive club

A European Championships to remember for Italy star Jorginho could terminate in the midfielder affiliating a select group of actors in an altogether exclusive organization this weekend.

Spain downed

Jorginho and co. were back in action on Tuesday.

Italy, after expel Belgium in the quarter-finals, were tasked with getting the better of a resurgent Spain side in the first of two Euro 2020 semi-final fixtures.

And, when all was said and done, down La Roja is precisely what the Azzurri managed.

After Federico Chiesa’s superb opener was cancelled out by Juventus teammate Alvaro Morata, the Wembley showdown was eventually forced to a penalty shootout.

Morata quickly led from hero to zero, reading his spot-kick saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma, leaving the aforementioned Jorginho with the chance to book the Italians’ spot in the tournament’s finale.

And the Azzurri’s midfield metronome subsequently did so in style, drawing implement of his logo stutter skill before calmly picking out the bottom corner of Unai Simon’s net 😛 TAGEND

As calm a penalty as you’ll ever realize- Jorginho reels it home to place Italy into the final of #RTEsoccer #ITAESP #EURO202 pic.twitter.com/ dkKqSZ0Gtf

-- RTE Soccer (@ RTEsoccer) July 6, 2021

Blues virtuoso shining

Whilst it was Jorginho’s ice-cool spot-kick which went on to grab the headlines in the matchup’s aftermath, it was in fact his work off the ball over the course of the 120 times in London which considered the Chelsea star etch his word into the history books of the European Championships.

As revealed following the full-time whistle on Tuesday, Jorginho racked up no fewer than eight interceptions versus Spain, a new tournament record 😛 TAGEND

Last night, Jorginho built eight interceptions against Spain in their #EURO2020 semi-final victory.

[?] A brand-new record in European Championship autobiography. pic.twitter.com/ LlS3tzHSNJ

-- Sporting Index (@ sportingindex) July 7, 2021

And, as have outlined, if the former Napoli man manages to guide his country beyond England in three days’ time, he will too participate an exclusive team, peculiarity precisely nine players.

As per UEFA’s official website, to date, the only actors to have featured for the earning line-up in the finals of both the European Cup/ Champions League and European Championships in the same summer are 😛 TAGEND

Luis Suarez( Inter Milano& Spain ), Hans van Breukelen, Ronald Koeman, Berry van Aerle and Gerald Vanenburg( PSV Eindhoven& Netherlands ), Fernando Torres and Juan Mata( Chelsea& Spain) and Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe( Real Madrid& Portugal ).

On the flip-side, if England get the better of Italy on Sunday, any of Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell or Reece James could join this list.

( Emerson didn’t take to the pitch for Chelsea in May’s Champions League final ).

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