Italy vs Spain – Euro 2020: Team news, venue, TV channel

Italy and Spain go head-to-head in a mouth-watering Euro 2020 semi-final clash at Wembley on Tuesday with the winner set to play England or Denmark in Sunday’s final: Everything to know ahead of kick-off

  • Italy and Spain go head-to-head in an enticing Euro 2020 semi-final on Tuesday 
  • The match will be played at London’s Wembley Stadium in front of 60,000 fans
  • Italy come in as the favourites after impressively beating Belgium last time out 
  • The winner will progress to Sunday’s final against either England or Denmark 
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here

Italy and Spain go to battle on Tuesday night in search of a place in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final. 

Roberto Mancini’s Italy have been sensational throughout the tournament, having been one of only two teams – alongside England – not to concede in the group stages and since beating Austria and Belgium in the knockouts. 

The Azzurri, who last won the European Championships in 1968, have continued to build their stunning record, which now stands at 15 consecutive wins and 32 games unbeaten. 

Spain have been less convincing en route to the final-four, battling through the group stages with a much-needed 5-0 win over Slovakia that followed two disappointing draws against Sweden and Poland. 

They were made to work hard against 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia in the round of 16 and needed penalties to get past a brave 10-man Switzerland in the quarter-finals. 

The pair will compete in London’s Wembley Stadium, with the winner returning to the same venue on Sunday to face either England or Denmark.  

With the clash quickly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through the all-important information. 

Roberto Mancini (left) and Luis Enrique (right) go head-to-head in the semi-final on Tuesday

The semi-final clash between Italy and Spain will take place on Tuesday, July 6.  

The match will start at 8pm BST and will be played at Wembley Stadium, which will hold an expected 60,000 fans.

It will be the first semi-final to take place, before England take on Denmark in another intriguing contest at Wembley on Wednesday night.   

How to watch the match 

Italy vs Spain will be broadcast for free on BBC One, with coverage starting at 7.30pm. 

UK viewers will be able to stream the match online for free via BBC iPlayer. 

Sportsmail will also be running a live blog, so you can keep up-to-date with us. 

How did Italy qualify for the semi-finals? 

Italy comfortably topped Group A to qualify for the knockouts with three wins from three

Mancini’s highly impressive side then progressed to the final-four with a 2-1 win over Belgium

As stated, Italy have been one of the most formidable teams of the tournament to date, impressing with their defensive stability and attacking threat. 

It was they who got the tournament underway in Rome back on June 11, beating Turkey 3-0 in a routine affair. 

Their subsequent 3-0 win over Switzerland was deemed expected at the time, but their opponents then qualified for the last-16 and knocked out pre-tournament favourites France in a stunning scalp. 

After another clean sheet against Wales in their final group encounter, Italy took on Austria for a place in the quarter-finals, where they needed extra-time after drawing 0-0 in the initial 90 minutes. 

Goals from Federico Chiesa – who has had a fine tournament – and Matteo Pessina gave the Italian an unassailable 2-0 lead, before Austria pulled back what proved to be a consolation goal with six minutes to play. 

Then came Italy’s toughest test to date, and they passed the challenge with flying colours in beating Belgium 2-1, conceding only due to a controversial penalty awarded on the stroke of half-time.  

  • June 11: Turkey 0-3 Italy  
  • June 16: Italy 3-0 Switzerland 
  • June 20: Italy 1-0 Wales  
  • June 26: Italy 2-1 Austria – round of 16
  • July 2: Belgium 1-2 Italy – quarter-final 

How did Spain qualify for the semi-finals?

Spain qualified for the last-16 as Group E runners-up after drawing their opening two games

They celebrated a hard-fought victory over Switzerland to reach the Euro 2020 semi-finals

A brave Switzerland missed three of their four penalties in a dramatic but low-quality shootout

Spain have certainly not looked at their electric best throughout the tournament, winning only one of five matches in the initial 90 minutes

Their tournament started poorly, with two drab draws against Sweden and Spain that put them under considerable pressure to even qualify for the last-16. 

However, they pulled it out the bag when they needed it most, with a 5-0 win over Slovakia – in which they benefited from two own goals – seeing them progress to the knockouts as runners-up of Group E. 

That saw them come up against Group D runners-up Croatia, who took them to extra-time with the score tied at 3-3 after 90 minutes, before goals from Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal sealed a 5-3 win. 

Spain turned from clinical to profligate in their quarter-final tie against Switzerland, where they needed a penalty shootout – in which four of nine spot-kicks were missed – to progress to the final-four. 

  • June 14: Spain 0-0 Sweden  
  • June 19: Spain 1-1 Poland 
  • June 23: Slovakia 0-5 Spain 
  • June 28: Croatia 3-5 AET – round of 16
  • July 2: Switzerland 1-1 Spain (Spain win 3-1 on penalties) – quarter-final 

Team news

Italy received a major blow as Leonardo Spinazzola had to be stretchered off against Belgium

Italy were handed a major blow in their victory over Belgium as Leonardo Spinazzola – who had impressed significantly throughout the tournament – needed to be stretchered off.

They were boosted by the return of Giorgio Chiellini, however, who is set to keep him place alongside Leonardo Bonucci at the heart of the defence.

Meanwhile, Spain’s Pablo Sarabia was taken off at half-time against Switzerland, though whether that was simply a precaution or not is not yet known.

Italy squad

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Alex Meret (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino).

Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter Milan), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea), Alessandro Florenzi (Paris Saint-Germain), Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma), Rafael Toloi (Atalanta).

Midfielders: Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Jorginho (Chelsea), Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Stefano Sensi (Inter Milan), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain).

Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Giacomo Raspadori (Sassuolo).

Spain squad

Goalkeepers: David De Gea (Manchester United), Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao), Robert Sanchez (Brighton). 

Defenders: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Jose Gaya (Valencia), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Eric Garcia (Manchester City), Diego Llorente (Leeds United), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Marcos Llorente (Spain)

Midfielders: Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodri (Manchester City), Pedri (Barcelona), Thiago (Liverpool), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Fabian (Napoli). 

Forwards: Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Ferran Torres (Manchester City), Adama Traore (Wolves), Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint-Germain). 

Italy vs Spain: The odds

After beating Belgium in the quarter-finals, having been seriously impressive beforehand, it comes as no surprise that Italy are the favourites to reach the final.   

They are favoured at 4/6 to get the win, while Spain are the underdogs at 23/20. Meanwhile, a draw after 90 minutes is at 11/5.   

*Odds as per Betfair and correct at the time of publication.   

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