German DFB Pokal

Italy beats Spain 2-0 to reach Euro 2016 quarterfinals

SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) Spain's era of dominance at the European Championship came to an end Monday when Italy beat the two-time defending champion 2-0 in the round of 16.

Italy deserved its victory and was impressive from the start at Stade de France, stifling Spain's attacking intent and creating several scoring opportunities with slick interplay.

The goals - one in either half - were enough for Italy to avoid its third straight elimination at the European Championship to Spain and secure a quarterfinal clash against another old foe, Germany.