The Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper made several necessary saves as the Azzurri qualified for the final of the tournament at the expense of La Roja.
Nigeria assistant coach Joseph Yobo praised ‘fixed’ Gianluigi Donnarumma for his part in Italy’s victory over Spain in Tuesday’s Euro 2020 semi-final.
Roberto Mancini’s men survived The red at Wembley Stadium, London, to reach the final of the tournament after a 4-2 victory on penalties.
After a goalless first half, Federico Chiesa scored the Azzurri in front of the hour mark before the Spaniards equalized by Alvaro Morata in the 80th minute.
With a 1-1 draw after the break, both teams were separated from the penalty spot by kicks. There, the Italians reigned supreme with Donnarumma saving Morata’s attempt after Dani Olmo sent his strike over the crossbar.
In the SuperSport speech after the exciting meeting, the former Super Eagles captain praised the new Paris Saint-Germain signing for his role against Luis Enrique.
“During the penalty shootout, which is a game of chance, we have to give the goalkeeper credit,” Yobo said.
“He was huge and his big frame – like that of two goalkeepers in the goalpost – made it difficult [for Spain].
‘He looked solid, convincing and deserving, he made a save and gave [his team] the victory. ”
The former Everton and Olympique Marseille defender took on the four-time World Cup winners, although he did not deliver their ‘best performance’.
“We have to congratulate them, it’s not easy,” he continued.
‘But tonight we did not really see their best performance. It was a semi-final and all they needed was to get through, ‘Yobo told Superport.
‘I saw an Italian team that stretched defensively. As much as we all talk about how good they are in defense, the formation of the Spaniards has caused them a lot of problems, especially with the false nine.
“By the end of the second half in extra time, they pressed much harder and showed more determination.
‘They were more purposeful until at the end of the game they realized that luck was getting out of their hands and time was running out.
“For overall performances, Italy were not at their best, but they are already in the final and they are hoping to win the trophy at Wembley.”
Italy – who have been unbeaten in all matches in 33 matches, will face Denmark or England in the final on Sunday.