EURO 2020 Semi-Final Preview: Italy vs Spain

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In the first semi-final of EURO 2020, one of Europe’s longest-standing rivalries comes to the fore again at Wembley. Where they meet for the fourth EURO in a row

Italy defeated Belgium 2-1 in the UEFA EURO 2020 quarter-finals. Which recorded their 15th successive UEFA European Championship win in the process. That sets a new competition record, eclipsing the mark of 14 they had previously shared with Germany and Belgium themselves. Spain similarly had to hold their nerve to reach the last four. Finally finding a way past Switzerland in a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw.

The winners will face England or Denmark in the final at the Wembley on 11th.

Previous Meetings (For more EURO 2020 news, download Footylight app)

• Italy ended Spain’s interest in UEFA EURO 2016, running out 2-0 winners in the round of 16 at the Stade de France. Thanks to goals in each half from Giorgio Chiellini (33) and Graziano Pellè (90+1).

• The teams also met twice in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying. The game in Turin finished 1-1. Morata scored Spain’s final goal in a 3-0 victory at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid.

• The nations have met 37 times. They have recorded 11 victories each and 15 draws. With two Italy wins to one Spanish and three draws in six EURO encounters.

• That UEFA EURO 2016 loss is Spain’s only defeat by Italy in the last seven fixtures between the sides (W2 D4). Since a 2-1 friendly loss in Bari in August 2011.

• The teams will meet again in the UEFA Nations League semi-finals at Milan’s San Siro on 6 October.

Italy Facts

Italy defeating Belgium

Italy’s EURO semi-final record is W3 L1:
1968 W 0-0 Soviet Union (won on coin toss)
1988 L 0-2 Soviet Union
2000 W 0-0 Netherlands (aet, 3-1 pens)
2012 W 2-1 Germany

Spain Facts (For more EURO 2020 news, download Footylight app)

Morata scores

Spain have won all four of their EURO semi-finals:
1964 W 2-1 v Hungary (aet)
1984 W 1-1 v Denmark (aet, 5-4 pens)
2008 W 3-0 v Russia
2012 W 0-0 v Portugal (aet, 4-2 pens)

Predicted Lineups

Spain XI: Unai Simon; Azpilicueta, Garcia, Laporte, Jordi Alba; Koke, Busquets, Pedri; Moreno, Morata, Olmo

Italy XI: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne

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