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Euro 2020 Semi-final: Italy vs Spain Preview and Prediction

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The replication match of the Euro 2012 final will be experienced by the football fans in the Semi-final of Euro 2020. Italy will encounter Spain in Wembley Stadium on Tuesday night to fight for a place in the final. 

The Azzurri will be the favourite in this game to book their ticket to the final, on the back of a terrific campaign. On the other hand, Luis Enrique’s side have qualified up to this stage on the back of huge struggles. 

From the Coronavirus anarchy to failing to win the first two games and missing penalties. La Furia Roja have found their goal scorer form in the last couple of games, however, they have failed to win games comfortably just like Portugal, where they became the European champions last time round. 

Italy vs Spain Preview:

Italy has shown their team spirit in every game, especially during the celebration after scoring the goals. They have looked like a real side who are almost looking unbeatable at this point of time. 

However, things don’t always go well in the knock-out stages, one bad performance can ruin every good thing of the past. Roberto Mancini has drilled his team excellently after failing to qualify for the World Cup 2018. 

The Azzurri are pressing high, playing possession-based football and they have entertained the world with their style, which is completely against their history and DNA. Despite reaching the semi-final with unblemished performances from the first day of the tournament, they should be cautious against a very lucky Spanish side. 

Spain have reached the semi-final final, with France, Portugal and Germany all eliminated from the competition is baffling. After their participation in the competition was in jeopardy, following Sergio Busquets tested positive for Coronavirus and the whole squad had to self-isolate just one week before the first game. 

Luis Enrique’s side struggled in the first two games for that situation and failed to win any of those. However, they scored ten goals in the next two games. Their crazy game against Croatia in the first knock-out fixture showed their mental perseverance. 

After trailing by a bizarre own goal to lead the game by 3-1 to leaking two late goals was absolutely abysmal. But, that did not stop them from winning the game, in the end, La Furia Roja came away victorious by 5-3 in extra time.

Spain have gone back to their old tiki-taka slow possession-based football which has become extinct from modern football but that did not stop them from trying once again. Their style might bore the modern football fans but it has worked for them so far and took them to the semi-final. It will be interesting to see against a high-press energetic side like Italy how they will succeed with that style. 

Italy form (all competitions): W-W-W-W-W-W

Spain form (all competitions): W-D-D-W-W-W

Team News:

Leonardo Spinazzola will be out for several months after picking up an Achilles tendon rupture against Belgium. Chelsea man Emerson Palmieri will replace the AS Roma man. Apart from that, there will not be many changes in Italy’ first Xi against Spain. 

On the other hand, Luis Enrique’s side will be without Pablo Sarabia who sustained a muscle injury against Switzerland. Apart from that, there will not be many changes in the Spanish squad. 

Italy possible starting lineup(4-3-3):

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

Spain possible starting lineup(4-3-3):

Simon; Azpilicueta, Laporte, Torres, Alba; Koke, Busquets, Pedri; Torres, Morata, Olmo

Italy 1-2 Spain 

Spain have always won the competition when they have crossed the quarter-final stage. The Spanish side have been quite lucky up to this point. And they could make an upset and reach the final. 

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