Italy and Spain face off again in a Euro 2021 semi-final rematch, and if it’s anything like that competition in July, it should be another high-quality, hotly contested affair between two of Europe’s best teams. Italy is ranked number 5 in the world and enters as the reigning champions of the European Championship, while Spain is ranked number 8 in the FIFA rankings.
Although Spain was arguably the best team in July, Italy prevailed on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Italian goalkeeper Gigi Donnarumma made the big saves in a harbinger of the Euro Cup final penalty shootout against England. Italy’s win at the European Championship helped extend an unbeaten streak that has now reached a record 37 games and counting.
However, ending at the San Siro in Milan (Italy was the only one of the four Nations League semi-finalists to apply to host the event), both teams will return to action on Sunday. The semi-final winner will stay in Milan to play France or Belgium in the Nations League final. That title match will be preceded by the third-place match between the losers of the semi-finals at the Juventus stadium in Turin.
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Sporting News will follow the Italy-Spain match live and provide scoring updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
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Italy vs. Spain updates and highlights
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1:04 pm: Álvaro Morata can’t go out on the pitch with Spain this time around, but the Italy-based forward made sure to visit his teammates on the national team:
12:45 pm: The jerseys are now installed and ready for the 2:45 pm kick-off.
Italy vs. Spain: lineups
Center forwards Ciro Immobile (Lazio) and Andrea Belotti (Torino) are absent due to injury. Up-and-coming Giacomo Raspadori (Sassuolo) and Moise Kean (Juventus) are their replacements in the role, but Italy will have Juventus star Federico Chiesa as a goal catalyst.
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Although the Azzurri are still missing two of their most influential players in the Euro, full-backs Leonardo Spinazzola and Alessandro Florenzi, they could still field 10 of the 11 starters who faced Spain in the July semi-final.
Italy projected the starting eleven (4-3-3, from left to right): Gigi Donnarumma – Emerson Palmieri, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Giovanni Di Lorenzo – Marco Verratti, Jorginho, Nicolo Barella – Lorenzo Insigne, Giacomo Raspadori, Federico Chiesa
Spain will also not have a traditional center forward on the team with injuries that leave Álvaro Morata and Gerard Moreno out. Winger Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig), Marcos Llorente (Atlético de Madrid) and Barcelona duo Jordi Alba and Pedri are also unavailable. Even with all the forced absences, it was notable that some Italy-based fit players, Luis Alberto (Lazio), Brahim Díaz (AC Milan) and Fabián Ruiz (Napoli), were not called up by coach Luis Enrique. But Barcelona’s teenage midfielder Gavi, who was called up by surprise, could become the youngest Spanish player in history, breaking a mark set in 1936.
Spain projected the starting eleven (4-3-3, from left to right): Unai Simon-GK – Sergio Reguilon, Pau Torres, Aymeric Laporte, Cesar Azpilicueta – Mikel Merino, Sergio Busquets, Koke – Mikel Oyarzabal, Ferran Torres, Pablo Sarabia
How to watch Italy vs. Spain
- Date: Wednesday 6th October
- Weather: 2:30 pm ET
- Television channel: ESPN2
- Spanish television: UniMas, TUDN
- Transmission: fuboTV (7-day free trial)
The game will be broadcast in English (ESPN2) and Spanish (UniMas, TUDN) in the US with both channels available to broadcast on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial for new users. A reduced capacity sale of 37,000 is expected at Milan’s San Siro.
Italy vs. Spain: betting odds and prediction
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Choose: Italy win or draw and over 1.5 goals in total: -140
This semi-final comes down to which team will have the most difficulty to overcome the various absences. It’s hard to ignore the quality Spain will lack without 4-5 starters in Marcos Llorente, Pedri, Gerard Moreno, Dani Olmo and Álvaro Morata. For that reason, the balance should tip in Italy’s favor, as the Azzurri could return 10 of the 11 starters from the game against Spain in July, including the Azzurri’s established midfielder trio.
There are enough fit attackers on both sides that two goals shouldn’t be a reach for this game. Italy and Spain are strong attacking teams known for their ability to create scoring chances. They should not disappoint.
- Moneyline (90 minutes): Italy +120 / Draw +200 / Spain +280
- To advance: Italy -170 / Spain +140
- Spread: Italy -0.5 (+115) / Spain +0.5 (-150)
- O / U 2.5 total goals: Over +145 / Under -190
- Both teams will score: Yes +110 / No -145
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.