Euro 2020: Italy vs Spain semi-final – Live

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Euro 2020: Italy vs Spain semi-final – Live


  • Italy undefeated in their last 32 games
  • Spain aims for a record fourth continental crown
  • Up to 60,000 fans expected at Wembley Stadium
  • Winner against England or Denmark in the final on Sunday

A sixth of the semi-final missing

With 15 minutes left, Spain, as they have done throughout the tournament, are enjoying greater possession – 76% and 159 assists already.

No goal yet to show efforts though.

Spaniard Mikel Oyarzabal in action with Italy’s Emerson [Reuters]

Even so far away

Five minutes after the start of the semi-final, no shot on target but both teams had equal time on the ball.

Spain had a few scares, but the offside flag – twice – helped them stay level.


Start

We are on our way. It is Italy against Spain for a place in the final of the 2020 European Championship.

Spain got us started from left to right.

A team is playing its last match at Euro 2020 …


Italy will win …

This is what our Twitter followers predicted in the poll. Four minutes before kick-off


Rain or sun?

A little rain around London. Could this influence the game? Maybe, maybe not.

Where I am sitting it is dry and 33 ° C (91.4 ° F) with 78% humidity… which gives a real feeling of 46 ° C (14.8 ° F).

And it is past 9 pm…. Make your choice.


Mancini calls it 50-50

And here’s what Italian coach Roberto Mancini said:

“If Italy and Spain have been successful so far, it means we’ve done really well. If we’re in the semi-finals, that means we deserve to be at this stage of the competition.

“So I think it’s 50-50 in terms of who has the favorites tag. “


“The leaders in possession of the ball”

Here’s what Luis Enrique, Spain’s coach, said about his squad on the eve of the semi-final:

“We are leaders in possession of the ball [in the tournament] but they can also use it and take advantage of the ball, that will be the first battle that we have to overcome.

“They can adapt to not having the ball, they did in the tournament at some stages, but they’re more comfortable with the ball and stronger with it.


Less than an hour to go …

Crowds are pouring in and the two teams have (finally) arrived at Wembley.

Kick-off is just 55 minutes away.

What must be going on in Morata’s head. What’s going through your mind?

Tell us. Vote:


Here are the starting XIs

Italy (4-3-3)
Gianluigi Donnarumma; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini (c), Emerson Palmieri; Nicolo Barella, Jorginho, Marco Verratti; Federico Chiesa, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne.

Spain (4-3-3)
Unai Simon; César Azpilicueta, Eric Garcia, Aymeric Laporte, Jordi Alba; Pedri, Sergio Busquets (c), Koke; Mikel Oyarzabal, Ferran Torres, Dani Olmo.

In case you missed it: Morata falls on the bench for Spain 😲

Morata has started every Euro 2020 game despite criticism for his struggles in front of goal.


Rome is coming …

Italian football supporters head to Wembley Stadium [Tolga Akmen/AFP]
Spanish supporters cheer in the stands ahead of the match [Facundo Arrizabalaga/Pool via AP]
The Italians are already celebrating… a 33rd victory? [Carl Recine/Pool via Reuters]

Report card

Here’s a look at how both teams performed at this year’s tournament.

Italy did not lose any points. Spain just don’t like to give the ball away…. but only won ONE match in normal times at Euro 2020.

Neither team saw the red… And a semi-final isn’t the best place to get your first.


A record already (almost)

Both sides will set a record at kick-off.

In just under two hours, Italy v Spain will become the most played match of the European Championships.


Predict the winner

You don’t have to be the late Paul the Octopus, that clever elephant, or a supercomputer to make the predictions.

It’s easy. Simply go to our Twitter and take our first semi-final poll.


When is the kick-off?

In two hours – 19:00 GMT


Road to the semi-finals

Italy
Beat Turkey 3-0
Beat Switzerland 3-0
Beat Wales 1-0
Defeat Austria 2-1 (after ET)
Beat Belgium 2-1

Spain
0-0 draw with Sweden
1-1 draw with Poland
Beat Slovakia 5-0
Beat Croatia 5-3 (after ET)
Beat Switzerland 3-1 (penalties)


Prepare


How Luis Enrique brought Spain to the semi-finals

Spain coach Luis Enrique faced personal tragedy and the effect of negative public opinion to rally his young team and lead them to the semi-finals.

He has aroused the ire of many fans and large sections of the Spanish media for leaving Sergio Ramos out of his squad and not choosing any Real Madrid player.

The coach turned more heads by only choosing a 24-man squad instead of 26 and for encouraging French defender Aymeric Laporte to change nationality and lead the team’s defense instead of Ramos.

He then kept Sergio Busquets in the squad after the midfielder tested positive for COVID-19, showing a sense of patience he did not offer Ramos, who had missed much of the season last due to injury.

Radio Marca called Luis Enrique “the head of a pig”, adding that Spain was “not made to win this Euro and we all know that”.

Spain coach Luis Enrique [Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool via Reuters]

Italy undefeated against the kings of possession Spain

Italy v Spain mark a successful first semi-final at Euro 2020, Tuesday’s game being the latest episode in a burgeoning rivalry between the nations meeting in a fourth consecutive European Championship.

Italy have won all five matches in this year’s tournament. Spain has an average possession of 67 percent.

Read our preview of the first semi-final.



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