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Spain v Italy
European Championship
K.O 19.45, BBC 1 & ITV 1


(Max last 10 only)
10 Jun 2012 European Championship Spain 1 Italy 1
10 Aug 2011 Friendly Italy 2 Spain 1
22 Jun 2008 European Championship Spain 0 Italy 0 a.e.t, 4.2 PSO
26 Mar 2008 Friendly Spain 1 Italy 0
28 Apr 2004 Friendly Italy 1 Spain 1
29 Mar 2000 Friendly Spain 2 Italy 1
18 Nov 1998 Friendly Italy 2 Spain 2
09 July 1994 World Cup Italy 2 Spain 1
14 Jun 1988 European Championship Italy 1 Spain 0
12 Jun 1980 European Championship Spain 0 Italy 0

16 teams, 31 games and 72 goals has brought Euro 2012 to its final climax tonight. Spain are attempting to make football history by becoming the first team to win three major tournaments in succession and the first side to retain the Henri Delaunay Trophy. Four-time world champions Italy are bidding to become only the fourth team to win multiple European Championships.

Spain were ante-post favourites but they haven’t had it all their own way in making the finals. Lacking the striking prowess of the injured David Villa, manager Vicente Del Bosque has struggled to replace his key man. Fernando Torres and Álvaro Negredo have failed to impress, that despite the former hitting a brace against Ireland in the group stages. Trying to balance a midfield overflowing with talent is always going to present a problem and Pedro, Jesus Navas and Cesc Fabregas all made claims for a place in the final starting line-up as substitutes against Portugal, with the likes of Juan Mata and Fernando Llorente yet to play a single minute.

The Spanish have conceded just one goal so far but, aside from the 4-0 romp against the Irish, they have only once scored more than one in a game. Versus Italy, Croatia and Portugal they looked vulnerable for long periods when their opponents attacked.

Despite their reputation as tournament specialists, Italy were relatively unfancied by punters prior to the start of Euro 2012 and were underdogs against both England and Germany, whom they defeated in the last eight and the last four. Cesare Prandelli’s side have become stronger as the finals have progressed and in Andrea Pirlo they have arguably the player of the tournament. Mario Balotelli let his football do the talking against Germany and he will prove a handful for the Spanish defence.

The overall record between the sides if fairly level and a repeat of the draw the two teams shared in the group stages appeals in what is likely to be a low-scoring affair. .

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