Italy vs Spain: Preview, Prediction, Team News, Betting - Euro 2020 Semi-Finals (July 6)
|Preview Italy vs Spain: Prediction, Team News, Betting - Euro 2020 Semi-Finals (July 6)|
Italy advance to the semi-final of Euro 2020 after a 2-1 win over Belgium. Barella and Insigne scored the two goals in the first half, which proved to be enough for them to go though. They will meet Spain in the semi-final at the Wembley in London.
Spain win over Switzerland - Spain 1-1 Switzerland (1-3 penalties).
Who is through to the Euro 2020 Semi-Finals?
- Czech Republic
Euro 2020 Semi-finals schedule: Kick-off times and Venues
Tuesday July 6
Semi-final 1: Belgium or Italy vs Switzerland or Spain; Kick-off 8pm (Wembley, London)
In the first quarterfinal of Euro 2020, Spain defeated Switzerland at Saint Petersburg in Russia on Friday. In the second quarterfinal, Italy beat Belgium to reach the semi-finals. Spain and Italy will now clash in the first semi-final of Euro 2020 on July 7, 2021, in London.
Wednesday July 7
Semi-final 2: Sweden/Ukraine/England/Germany vs Czech Republic or Denmark; Kick-off 8pm (Wembley, London)
*See More: Watch how Italy ended Spain's eight-year reign as European champions with goals by Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pellè in France.
Italy vs Spain - Preview
Italy knocked out one of the pre-tournament favourites Belgium to progress through to the semi-finals, claiming a narrow 2-1 win in what was a very close and competitive 90-minutes. Spain were taken all the way to penalties by 10-man Switzerland in the quarter-finals and one wonders what kind of condition their players must be in after going through back-to-back periods of extra time.
Italy set up a Euro 2020 semi-final clash against Spain after first half goals from Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne led the Azzurri to a 2-1 win over Belgium in an entertaining encounter in which both sides created a number of chances.
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Roberto Mancini's Italy have stormed their way through until this point, winning each of their three group games, beating Austria in extra time and sending the No.1 ranked side in the world - Belgium - packing in the quarter-finals.
Locatelli showed his talent in the group stage, and that he has been kept out of the starting XI in the knockout rounds shows just how strong Italy's midfield is.
Beyond being tidy in possession, they press relentlessly and have bundles of energy that few players in Europe could match. Spain will need to be at their best if they are to nullify and overcome Italy's midfield.
Then there's Ciro Immobile, Federico Chiesa and Domenico Berardi. Immobile was the European Golden Boot winner in 2019/20, Chiesa is one of Europe's hottest prospects and a nightmare to come up against, while Sassuolo's Berardi is one of the more lesser-sung talents in the squad but is just as dangerous on his day.
Italy vs Spain - Team News
Italy Team News - The Full Squad List
Italy will be without Leonardo Spinazzola after the wide player was stretchered off against Belgium.
Italy manager Mancini cut his preliminary group of 33 players down to 28.
Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini will captain the side, one of seven survivors from Euro 2016 along with Alessandro Florenzi, Immobile, Salvatore Sirigu, Leonardo Bonucci, Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernardeschi.
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Alex Meret (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino)
Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea), Alessandro Florenzi (Paris), Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma), Rafael Toloi (Atalanta)
Midfielders: Nicolò Barella (Inter), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Jorginho (Chelsea), Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Stefano Sensi (Inter), Marco Verratti (Paris)
Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Giacomo Raspadori (Sassuolo).
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Spain withdrew Pablo Sarabia at half-time of their win over Switzerland, it remains to be seen if that was a precaution or due to injury.
Goalkeepers: David de Gea (Manchester United), Unai Simón (Athletic), Robert Sánchez (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Defenders: José Gayà (Valencia), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Eric García (Manchester City), Diego Llorente (Leeds United), César Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Marcos Llorente (Atlético)
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodri Hernández (Manchester City), Pedri (Barcelona), Thiago Alcántara (Liverpool), Koke (Atlético), Fabián Ruiz (Napoli)
Forwards: Dani Olmo (Leipzig), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Álvaro Morata (Juventus), Ferran Torres (Manchester City), Adama Traoré (Wolves), Pablo Sarabia (Paris).
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Italy vs Spain - Predictions
Italy are the bookmaker's favourites as things stand.
Italy will be buoyed by their victory over Belgium, an opponent that was always going to test them in attack as well as in defence. Roberto Mancini is probably going to make a couple of changes to his starting eleven for the semi-final, following the injury to Spinazzola who looks set to miss the rest of the tournament. The Roma full-back has been one of Italy's key players both in defence and going forward and he will be missed in the semi-final.
Spain were taken to extra time for the second game running and this time they needed penalties to earn their place in the semi-final. Luis Enrique's side could and should have won the game within the 90-minutes after they created a number of clearcut chances and failed to covert any of them. This ability to create goals has helped Spain progress through Euro 2020 but they are going to have to be more economical in front of goal if they want to outscore Italy.
Spain were back to their toothless best against Switzerland, scrapping past them on penalties after missing a host of chances, and coming up against an inspired Yann Sommer.
Italy, on the other hand, were pushed all the way by Belgium but still looked a fearsome threat.
There’s only one winner in my eyes and the Azzurri should wrap it up in normal time, 3-1.
Italy vs Spain Head to head (h2h) history and results
Italy wins: 9
Spain wins: 12
|Italy vs Spain Head to head|
Italy vs Spain - Betting Tips and Odds
Italy to win: 31/20
Spain to win: 2/1
Tip 1: BTTS
We're expecting goals in this game at both ends of the pitch as both teams look good going forward and have both failed to keep clean sheets in their last two outings. Both teams have scored in each of Italy's last two matches, both of which ended in 2-1 scorelines, while three of Spain's last four fixtures have seen both teams score.
Tip 2: Over 2.5 Goals
The last meeting between these two famous footballing nations produced over 2.5 goals, with Spain claiming a 3-0 win back in 2017. Over 2.5 goals have also been produced in five of Italy's and three of Spain's last six matches in all competitions, so you can see why we're predicting goals in the semi-final.
Tip 3: Italy to Qualify
Our money is going on Italy to progress into the final simply based on their overall performance compared to that of Spain. Italy have looked very strong at the back, conceding just two goals at Euro 2020 so far, while Spain are prone to mistakes in defence as we have seen in their last two fixtures. Now, Spain have relied on their ability to create a lot of goalscoring opportunities but their conversion rate hasn't been as impressive and this Italian defence isn't going to be as generous as the other teams they have faced.
Belgium 1 - 2 Italy: Highlights and All Goals
Italy beat Belgium 2-1 in the Euro Cup quarterfinal in Munich on Friday night to book a semi spot against Spain. Barello scored the game’s first goal in the 32nd minute before Insigne doubled the lead with minutes left to Half-Time. Romelu Lukaku scored from a penalty at the stroke of Half Time.
Italy are undefeated in the tournament so far. They have set a new record for the longest run of victories in the competition, qualifying included.
Italy -- who will face the Spaniards on Tuesday in London -- opened the scoring in the 31st minute when Barella picked up the ball, forced his way past defenders in the area and fired home. Insigne doubled the lead in the 44th minute after collecting the ball on the left and skipping beyond a defender before unleashing a long-range shot that flew past Thibaut Courtois. Romelu Lukaku clawed a goal back for Belgium from the penalty spot just before the break after Giovanni Di Lorenzo put an arm on Jeremy Doku and pushed him to the ground.
Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen; Meunier, Witsel, Tielemans, T Hazard; De Bruyne, Lukaku, Doku
Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne
|Italy beat Belgium to set up a semi-final meeting against Spain. (Photo Credit: Euro 2020 Twitter)|
Full Time: Italy 2-1 Belgium
Final whistle. A Barello goal and a wonder goal from Insigne takes a rampaging Italy across the semi hurdle. They will meet Spain in the semifinals. Belgium's Golden Generation's luckless run in big tournaments continue.
5 minutes added time
The ninety minutes are up. Belgium still struggling to find a clear sight on goal. Five minutes are added on. De Bruyne's free kick in the first minute of injury time, like so many of his balls, ends up being cleared away. Donnarumma lies prostrate with an apparent injury as time runs out of Belgium.
72' - Belgium make attacking changes
Insigne tests the keeper with a long ranger. Belgium bring on Nacer Chadli and Dries Mertens in place of Meunier and Tielemans. What an introduction! Dries Mertens cuts open the italian defence to create a chance but again Belgium miss out by inches! Lukaku, Hazard, Chadli, all within agaonizing inches of getting the equalizer.
66' - Italy attack in waves
Doku runs like lightning on the left flank, leading to a splitting pass from De Bruyne, but Lukaku cannot turn the shot in. A big chance goes abegging for Belgium at the hour mark. Italy attack in waves again. All hands on deck for Belgium. A dazzling move by the Azzuri is put just past the goal by Spinazzola.
2nd Half: Italy start brightly
2nd half begins. Can Belgium roar back? Or will Italy keep ther discipline? They begin the 2nd half by keeping the ball for a long spell before a shot from Chiesa drifts wide. Italy have started the 2nd half as brightly as they played in the 1st.
Half Time: Italy lead Belgium 2-1
Oh! Penalty at the other end! Doku is felled in the box. Lukaku steps in and slots it home. Belgium have a way back at Half-Time. It;s Italy who lead 2-1, but Belgium, having scored at the stroke of half-time, have momentum on their end.
Switzerland 1 - 1 Spain (1-3 penalties) Highlights
The 10 men of Switzerland held on for penalties against relentless Spanish pressure.
|Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri, center, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal (AP)|
|Referee shows a red card to Switzerland's Remo Freuler (AP)|
Switzerland were unable to repeat their penalty shootout shock from the round of 16 as Spain reached the Euro 2020 semifinals from the spot after a 1-1 draw between the two countries.
|Spain Beat Switzerland 3-1 on Penalties to Reach Semi-finals.|
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