Updated: Jul 7
06 JULY 2021 | Angelo Ziovas
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Italy v Spain
With the semi finals almost here, a massive clash between two European heavyweights’ looms. Italy v Spain who both made it to the final of Euro 2012, which on that occasion Spain won by annihilating Italy 4-0 on their way to a back-to-back Euros triumph.
The roles however seem to have slightly changed with Italy having gone an incredible 32 games unbeaten, and have only conceded two goals in the tournament, one of which was a penalty. Spain have gone unbeaten in 13 games however, but in the tournament thus far have been hit or miss in front of goal, as they have been lethal against Croatia and Slovakia, but not so great against Sweden, Switzerland and Poland. They seem to struggle to break teams down, and that is something that they will have to do against Italy to stand a chance at going through to the final.
Italy gained a measure of revenge when they beat Spain in the round of 16 of the next Euro tournament, Euro 2016. Facing each other again in the knockout stages, they will both be keen to get a win over one another and advance to the final.
Italy were rather impressive in their win against Belgium and once again proved very difficult to break down, so while the Spanish may get most of the possession, Italy will be dangerous on the counter attack. But both teams have also scored the most goals at the tournament with 12 for Spain and 11 for Italy, but with Italy scoring in every game they’ve played of Euro 2020, Spain have been kept out once however, so will be interesting to see how both teams approach this game.