Roberto Mancini’s team will want to extend their record unbeaten run with the win over La Roja in a repeat of the 2012 final
Italy take on Spain at Wembley on Tuesday with a place in the Euro 2020 final against England or Denmark as the prize for the winner.
The Azzurri will take part in the competition as favorites thanks to an unbeaten run of 32 matches, recently a good 2-1 victory against Belgium, the world’s number one team, in the quarterfinals.
The form of Spain was less impressive as he only won one of their three group matches before needing extra time to beat Croatia 5-3 in the last 16 and on top of that chase penalties past Switzerland.
However, Italy have won just two matches against La Roja in their last 14 matches in all competitions – a friendly triumph a decade ago and their last meeting at the Euro in 2016.
Tuesday’s match is also a repeat of Euro 2012 in Kiev, which Spain won 4-0.
Before the match, Purpose has the details on how to watch TV, stream live online, team news and more.
|Games||Italy vs Spain|
|Date||Tuesday 6 July 2021|
|Time||12:00 PT / 15:00 ET / 20:00 BST|
TV channel, live streaming and how to watch
ESPN shows the match live on TV in the United States (USA). An online stream for the game is available on ESPN + and the ESPN App.
|American TV channel||Online streaming|
|ESPN||ESPN + and the ESPN app|
BBC One shows the match live on TV in the United Kingdom (UK). BBC iPlayer is the online streaming service that offers live coverage.
|British TV channel||Online streaming|
|BBC One||BBC iPlayer|
Team news and schedules
|Goalkeepers||Donnarumma, Meret, Sirigu|
|Defenders||Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola, Toloi, Acerbi, Di Lorenzo, Emerson, Florenzi, Sticks|
|Midfielders||Cristante, Verratti, Barella, Castrovilli, Pessina, Jorginho, Locatelli|
|Forwards||Immobile, Belotti, Insigne, Berardi, Bernardeschi, Raspadori, Kerk|
Italy will be without Leonardo Spinazzola against Spain after suffering an Achilles injury in the victory over Belgium.
The Roma winger was one of the players of the tournament, but is now standing on the sidelines for a few months, with Emerson Palmieri replacing him in the first XI.
Alessandro Florenzi is also back in action after a calving problem, although Giovanni Di Lorenzo is likely to retain his place at fullback.
Predicted Italy starts XI: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Church, Building, Insigne.
|Position||Team of Spain|
|Goalkeepers||Simon, Sanchez, De Gea|
|Defenders||Garcia, P. Torres, Laporte, Azpilicueta, Alba, Gaya, D. Llorente|
|Midfielders||Olmo, M. Llorente, Busquets, Rodri, Sarabia, Koke, Alcantara, Ruiz|
|Forwards||Moreno, F. Torres, Morata, Pedri, Oyarzabal, Traore|
Pablo Sarabia is doubtful for Spain after being forced early with a muscle problem against Switzerland.
RB Leipzig’s Dani Olmo, who named Sarabia against the Swiss, is struggling with Gerard Moreno to replace him in the starting line-up.
Predicted Spain starts XI: Simon; Azpilicueta, Laporte, Garcia, Alba; Koke, Busquets, Pedri; F Torres, Morata, Moreno.
Recent results and head-to-head
Last five results
|Italy results||Spain results|
|Belgium 1-2 Italy (July 2)||Switzerland 1-1 Spain (1-3P) (July 2)|
|Italy 2-1 Austria (AET) (June 26)||Croatia 3-5 Spain (AET) (June 28)|
|Italy 1-0 Wales (June 20)||Slovakia 0-5 Spain (June 23)|
|Italy 3-0 Switzerland (June 16)||Spain 1-1 Poland (June 19)|
|Turkey 0-3 Italy (June 11)||Spain 0-0 Sweden (June 14)|
Head to head
|2 September 2017||Spain 3-0 Italy|
|October 6, 2016||Italy 1-1 Spain|
|June 27, 2016||Italy 2-0 Spain|
|March 24, 2016||Italy 1-1 Spain|
|March 5, 2014||Spain 1-0 Italy|