The bitterness of 2012 might have faded after the mini-revenge of 2016, but the historic rivalry between the two countries bordering the Mediterranean lives on. Euro 2020 is geared up for a highly successful semi-final match as Italy take on Spain at the historic Wembley Stadium and the stakes will be at an all-time high.
Both Italy and Spain have had their share of success in the 2000s, with Italy winning the 2006 World Cup and Spain achieving a record hat-trick of Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012. But he hasn’t been at his best since. . Both countries struggled to replace their golden generation and had nearly a decade of transition.
EURO 2020 semi-final set ✅
🇮🇹🆚🇪🇸 Italy vs Spain
🏴🆚🇩🇰 England vs Denmark
– UEFA EURO 2020 (@ EURO2020) July 3, 2021
However, at Euro 2020, the teams are back to their best and are now in the final four of the tournament, and it is expected to be an exciting knockout match between the two European giants.
Italy crossed the group stage with ease, winning all three games without conceding a goal. And the knockout games couldn’t affect his passing either. Austria prevented Italy from scoring in 90 minutes, but could not stretch further and Italy scored twice in extra time to secure a comfortable victory.
Their toughest challenge turned out to be their easiest when they played for Belgium and took another 2-1 win by keeping the ball longer and not giving up control of the match.
The Red he has not been as convincing as his opponents, but he has found the ideal results one way or another. After finishing runners-up in the group against Sweden, Spain faced a competent Croatia in the round of 16 that surprised Luis Enrique’s side with two late goals to bring the tie into extra time.
Spain, however, scored two in overtime with no response and went on to the next round. It was another grueling 120 minute match for Spain as they failed to get the winner against a diligent Swiss team. The match was decided in favor of Spain on penalties.
What happened won’t matter and will be a fresh start for both teams on Tuesday as they battle for a place in the Euro 2020 final.
Italy had a small squad at the start of the tournament with many key players injured. Marco Verratti was back in shape in time, but Italy lost their star player and one of their best players so far Leonardo Spinazzola with a torn Achilles tendon. As of now, Italy have their two favorite full-backs injured with Alessandro Florenzi injured earlier.
I can’t stress enough how important this moment was. That you get better soon, Leo 💪 https://t.co/54l7xXO1Pj
– Italy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@azzurri) July 2, 2021
There are no suspensions in the disciplined Italian team and Roberto Mancini is likely to choose a preferred 4-3-3 formation.
Italy likely lineup: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Chiellini, Bonucci, Emerson; Verratti, Jorginho, Barella; Berardi, motionless, insignia
Luis Enrique has no major injury concerns or suspensions. La Roja will line up their strongest eleven in what is their toughest match of the tournament so far.
📸 OUR ONCE …
… AND THAT OF ALL SPAIN!
– Spanish Soccer Team (@SeFutbol) July 2, 2021
Enrique has also used a 4-3-3 formation, with a dynamic midfield from Koke, Sergio Busquets and Pedri
Spain likely lineup: Simon; Azpilicueta, Laporte, P. Torres, Alba; Koke, Busquets, Pedri; F. Torres, Morata, Sarabia
Lorenzo Insigne has had a splendid tournament so far and needs to continue the form against Spain if Italy is to advance to their first Euro Cup final since 2012, where they were beaten by Spain.
– Italy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@azzurri) July 3, 2021
Insigne takes full advantage of its diminutive build that helps it dribble past defenders with ease. Operating from the left flank, Insigne likes to cut and find shooting spaces, or reach the baseline and send the ball for his teammates to score. He scored a magnificent goal from outside the area against Belgium that ultimately turned out to be the winner.
The Manchester City youth has been a great asset to Luis Enrique in the tournament and has helped his team at key moments with two goals and one assist so far. He likes to dribble off defenders and is not afraid to shoot at goal. The 22-year-old will be crucial against Italy, as his pace and dribbling can affect the aging Italian defense, who is rarely beaten in the air.
Enrique will be counting on the young Spaniard, along with Dani Olmo and Mikel Oyarzabal, to find the crucial breakthrough that will allow them to sit back and contain the enthusiastic Italian team.
It rarely goes as planned in knockouts and no matter who weighs heavily on paper, the outcome always depends on who was the most hungry to survive and emerge victorious. Italy have shown great determination and a will to succeed since the arrival of Roberto Mancini and are currently on an unprecedented 32-match unbeaten streak.
But they will face a balanced and persistent Spanish team that likes to control the pace of the game and dominate the ball in the attack field. The outcome will depend on which side’s tactics prove successful on the day, as both teams are led by proven and successful managers.
FootTheBall predicts a 2-1 victory for Italy in the close tie, sending them to the final.