Thursday June 27, 2013 Semifinal Finished Estádio Plácido Castelo

Spain 0 - 0
(7 - 6)
Italy

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    Time:120'
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • - SPAIN ARE THROUGH! They will face Brazil in Sunday's final. Hard luck to Italy who gave it everything.
    • - PENS: Italy 6-7 Spain. Navas scores! Spain are in the final!!!!!!
    • - PENS: Italy 6-6 Spain. The first miss. Bonucci fires high into the crowd! Is that Italy's dream over?
    • - PENS: Italy 6-6 Spain. Busquets sends Buffon the wrong way!
    • - PENS: Italy 6-5 Spain. Montolivo makes no mistake.
    • - PENS: Italy 5-5 Spain. Huge pressure on Mata... but he tucks it away too. Sudden death here we come!
    • - PENS: Italy 5-4 Spain. A perfect penalty from Pirlo, low into the left-hand corner.
    • - PENS: Italy 4-4 Spain. Ramos crashes it beyond Buffon. Another fine spot-kick.
    • - PENS: Italy 4-3 Spain. Giovinco hesitates but rolls it right in the bottom corner. Great pen.
    • - PENS: Italy 3-3 Spain. Pique makes no mistake and it's all square again.
    • - PENS: Italy 3-2 Spain. No mistake from De Rossi who fires into the roof of the net.
    • - PENS: Italy 2-2 Spain. Iniesta crashes it home. That's four from four spot-kicks.
    • - PENS: Italy 2-1 Spain. Aquilani fires low into the left-hand corner.
    • - PENS: Italy 1-1 Spain. Xavi coolly fires home to level it up.
    • - PENS: Italy 1-0 Spain. Candreva dinks a delightful effort down the middle!!
    • 22.37 Italy have one final huddle. Can they complete the job via spot-kicks? Brazil await the winners of this shoot-out.
    • 22.35 So, who is going to win this on penalties? Tweet your predictions to @paul_hassall now.
    • 120'+1 FT in Extra-time: Spain 0-0 Italy. We will have PENALTIES!
    • 120' Wonderful play by Navas as he surges to the byline and cuts it back... but no-one is there to tuck it home. Surely it will be penalties after that?!
    • 119' Ramos overhits a pass towards Navas and that could be it. Goal kick to Italy with seconds left.
    • 118' And still Spain press... but time is running out.
    • 117' Another corner for Spain... Busquets sees his header easily gathered by Buffon. It's looking all set for penalties.
    • 116' GREAT SAVE! Buffon gets a fingertip to Navas' rasping low effort. Corner to Spain who are all over Italy now.
    • 115' OFF THE POST! A HUGE moment! Xavi sees his 30-yard shot tipped onto the post by Buffon and the rebound is dragged wide by Martinez.
    • 114' On Twitter @SleekSinfonia has been impressed by the Azzurri. He says: "I must commend Italy for not jittering at the mention of Spain. Italy will win on penalties."
    • 113' Italy still have the ball in the far left corner of the pitch. A succession of throw-ins keeps Spain penned in but it eventually comes to nothing.
    • 112' Pirlo fires a deep free-kick to the far post that gives none of his teammates a chance to get on the end of it.
    • 111' Play finally resumes after a lengthy break. Chiellini is back on his feet.
    • 109' Chiellini down with cramp. Play has been stopped while the Juventus man is given some treatment.
    • 109' Chance for Mata on the edge of the box... but he's curled it wide. The Chelsea man should have done better.
    • 108' On Twitter @22IBM is still backing Italy. He says: "Andrea Pirlo will get the winner for Italy with a free kick."
    • 107' Both sides look exhausted out there. Spain dominated the first period of ET and look the more likely. Can Italy find a second wind or will La Roja make them pay for their profligacy early in the game?
    • 106' KICK OFF! Italy restart the second half of ET.
    • 105'+1 HT in Extra-time: Italy 0-0 Spain.
    • 105' Pique booked. The defender handles as he attempts to latch onto a ball over the top and get a shot away.
    • 105' Xavi clips it over the wall... and wide of goal. Not a great effort by the midfield maestro.
    • 104' Xavi and Ramos over it...
    • 103' A chance for Spain here as Iniesta is pushed to the floor by a tired Pirlo. Free-kick 25 yards out. Real danger for Italy.
    • 102' Is this all set for penalties? Or will there be a mistake that gifts one team a place in the final? Perhaps you feel there will be a moment of magic to unlock one of these stubborn defences? Tweet @paul_hassall your thoughts now.
    • 101' Xavi delivers a searching free-kick into the Italy area but the flag is up and the opening is wasted.
    • 100' OFFSIDE! Giovinco almost gets in behind the Spanish defence but is halted by the sight of a flag. It was a great through ball to release him in the first instance.
    • 99' CHANCE for SPAIN! A sublime move ends with Iniesta clipping a reverse pass over the top of a defender for Alba who flashes a volley over the top. Spain starting to turn the screw here.
    • 98' SHOT STATS: Spain 13-13 Italy.
    • 97' A succession of Spain corners almost sees both Pique and Ramos open the scoring, but both contrive to waste the openings.
    • 96' Italy make a hash of clearing a Spain free-kick from the right and the ball falls to the feet of Pique. The defender's first touch isn't great and he rushes a shot that deflects over the bar.
    • 95' SPAIN sub: Torres replaced by Javi Martinez.
    • 94' OFF THE POST! Giaccherini crashes a shot against the near post after more great play down that right flank by Maggio and Candreva.
    • 93' Italy have used all three substitutes now. Spain still have one left.
    • 92' Corner for Spain is only half-cleared and Buffon has to react well to keep out Navas' long range snapshot.
    • 91' ITALY sub: Sebastian Giovinco replaces Gilardino.
    • 91' FIRST HALF in EXTRA-TIME: Spain get us underway.
    • 90'+3 FULL-TIME: We will have another 30 minutes of extra-time after a goalless, but entertaining 90.
    • 90'+3 Iniesta tripped 30 yards from goal to the left of the Italy area. One last chance for Spain to load it in there... Xavi to take... but Ramos can't quite get there and it's the final action of normal time.
    • 90'+2 CHANCE... No, it's offside! Aquilani's mis-hit scissor kick drops for Gilardino who flicks his shot the wrong side of the post... but the flag is up. Let off for Spain.
    • 90'+1 Extra-time is looming.
    • 90' Three minutes of added time.
    • 89' La Roja still pressing. Navas crosses long to Torres who tees up Mata, but the Chelsea playmaker sees the sting deflected out of his shot.
    • 88' Spain enjoying more possession late on. Can they nick it?
    • 87' A concerned Shakira watches on from the stands as Pique pulls up with a knock. Maybe there's a song in there somewhere?
    • 86' Aquilani robs Alvaro Arbeloa on the right but is penalised for a foul. The ex-Liverpool full-back was fortunate there. Italy would have been in.
    • 85' SPAIN CHANCE. Torres shows good endeavour to force the ball out wide to Navas who picks out Pique with a first-time cross. Unfortunately for La Roja, the Barcelona defender crashes his shot high, wide and handsome as he meets the ball on the run 10 yards from goal.
    • 84' Can someone find the energy to manufacture one more chance and make it count? Italy have been the better side but Spain are capable of producing a moment of breathtaking genius at any point in the match.
    • 83' It's looking like extra-time here. Both sides appear somewhat jaded in this heat.
    • 82' Candreva finds acres of space on the right but his well-struck cross is too near to Casillas.
    • 81' A burst from Torres sets up Alba to cross from the left but no-one is at the far post to apply pressure to the Azzurri defence.
    • 80' ITALY sub: Alberto Aquilani on for Marchisio.
    • 79' SPAIN sub: Juan Mata on for Pedro.
    • 78' Italy still dictating the play. Marchisio sends a probing ball towards Giaccherini but Casillas is alert to the danger and comes to the edge of his box to gather.
    • 77' Spain preparing another substitution.
    • 76' Italy continue to create openings down that right flank and Candreva wins another corner... but Spain clear once more.
    • 75' Another Italy corner is met by De Rossi who inadvertently clears for Spain with a backward header.
    • 74' HUGE CHANCE for SPAIN. Pedro breaks the offside trap down the right and surges onto a clever through ball. The Barca man beats Buffon to it but then stabs an anxious effort way off target.
    • 73' Chiellini meets Pirlo's resulting corner at the far post but sees his looping header drop just over the top of the crossbar.
    • 73' Delightful cross from Pirlo is headed clear by the towering Pique.
    • 72' Free-kick to Italy on the right after more great play by Maggio. Pirlo to deliver.
    • 71' More Italy pressure ends with Candreva firing in a shot that is well blocked inside the area.
    • 70' The corner came about after Pique blocked a goalbound shot following great play by Maggio down that right again.
    • 69' This time Pirlo fires it into the area but once again Spain deal with it comfortably.
    • 68' Corner to Italy.
    • 67' On Twitter @nelson_brenneis reckons we are heading to penalties. He says: "1-1 90 min equaliser from Italy's De Rossi, then penalties which Spain will win."
    • 66' Some more exquisite approach play by Spain ends with Iniesta clipping a high cross straight into the grateful arms of Buffon.
    • 65' De Rossi booked for Italy.
    • 64' That's more like it from Iniesta. The Barca midfielder dances beyond two challenges, evades a third and sears a 25-yard shot way off target. It was beautiful to watch right up until the moment he pulled the trigger.
    • 63' That record betters France's 27-game streak between 1994 and 1999.
    • 62' It's been impressive stuff from Italy. To put it into context, Spain are on a record-breaking 28-match unbeaten run in competitive encounters. Their last taste of defeat came against Switzerland at the 2010 World Cup.
    • 61' Just over an hour gone and it's as tight as it could be. Tweet @paul_hassall the name of the player you think will be the matchwinner.
    • 60' Pirlo takes it short but it's a real waste from the Italians. Chiellini switches off as the ball is played to him and the attack fizzles out.
    • 59' Italy win a corner on that right side.
    • 58' More good approach play by Italy down that right flank via Maggio. If they are going to pull off a win here, you'd fancy that side to play its part.
    • 57' GOOD SAVE! Navas lashes a low shot towards goal that Buffon does well to hold at the first attempt. The Spain sub has made a decent impact.
    • 56' Xavi curls it to the far post where Ramos heads well wide. The flag was up for a foul anyway so it wouldn't have counted.
    • 55' Navas wins a free-kick on the right after a positive, surging run.
    • 54' Spain win their first corner of the match but ultimately it comes to nothing.
    • 53' SPAIN sub: Jesus Navas replaces Silva. Man City playmaker for Man City playmaker.
    • 52' Candreva races onto a searching ball down the right and creates some space before whipping a devilish cross into the danger zone that no-one reacts to.
    • 51' Spain preparing a sub.
    • 50' La Roja have won three and drawn four of their last eight matches versus Italy. (The Euro 2008 penalty shoot-out defeat is counted as a draw).
    • 49' Historically this has always been a tight encounter. Prior to last summer's 4-0 win in the Euro 2012 final, Spain had never beaten the Italians by more than a two-goal margin.
    • 48' Spain open up Italy as Iniesta exchanges passes with Torres and crashes a shot well wide at the near post. A cut back would have probably been a better option there.
    • 47' More views from Twitter. @simonEllisJones reckons La Roja will still prevail despite playing second fiddle to Italy in the first half. He says: "Spain not at the races here. But still fancy them to win 3-0."
    • 46' ITALY SUB: Barzagli replaced by Riccardo Montolivo.
    • 46' KICK OFF! Italy restart the match.
    • 45' HALF-TIME: Italy 0-0 Spain. The Azzurri have been the better team and should be ahead. Shots: Italy 9-2 Spain.
    • 44' And a split second later Spain go close. Iniesta teases a cross to the far post where his Barca teammate, Xavi arrives just a second too late to convert.
    • 43' Spain will be happy to get in level at the break. They've just not got going. All credit to Italy and Prandelli.
    • 42' CLOSE! Another counter attack ends with Giaccherini seeing a curling shot blocked before De Rossi stings the hands of Casillas with a rasping drive.
    • 41' Spain are rocking a bit in defence. They are giving Italy allsorts of space down the flanks.
    • 40' The crowd have been impressed by Italy. 'Ole' chants have been reverberating around the ground in response to some of the football the underdogs have played thus far.
    • 39' Torres could have equalled the record haul of goals in the Confederations Cup if he hadn't wasted that chance a few moments ago. The Chelsea striker has eight to his name, one behind both Ronaldinho and Cuauhtemoc Blanco (nine).
    • 38' More and more of you starting to tip Italy to win this semi-final on Twitter. @k00kshiyam reckons it's going to be 1-0 to the Azzurri. Share your views with @paul_hassall and will include more of your thoughts right here.
    • 37' SPAIN CHANCE! Back up the other end and Torres finally gets a sight of goal but drags well wide. That was a good chance for a man bang in form.
    • 36' ANOTHER CHANCE for ITALY. Casillas produces a sensational save to keep out a header from point-blank range.
    • 35' On Twitter @GaleaBern has been impressed by what Italy have offered so far. They reckon: "2-0 for Italy from 2 assist by Pirlo."
    • 34' This time Pirlo's ball doesn't beat the first defender and La Roja clear.
    • 33' Torres can't seem to get into this game. He's way off the pace again and concedes a free-kick on the right that will give Pirlo the chance to whip another ball into the Spain area.
    • 32' Spain's last defeat - including friendlies - came 25 matches ago when they went down to England in 2011. The world record stands at 35 games and is jointly held by La Roja from 2006-2009 and Brazil (1993-1996).
    • 31' The last five minutes or so have been played at walking pace. It's a 4pm kick off local time, so it's extremely hot out there.
    • 30' Half an hour gone. Anyone wanting to change their prediction? Tweet @paul_hassall to share your thoughts in our live commentary.
    • 29' Iniesta tries his luck but his effort won't come close to troubling Buffon.
    • 27' Italy enjoying some good possession now. It's not the one-sided encounter many pundits were anticipating. The Azzurri can count themselves unlucky not to be ahead.
    • 26' Xavi opens up the Italy defence but Silva runs out time and space to get a shot away on the turn.
    • 25' On Twitter @OptaJose has had this to say: "5 - Spain have suffered five shots faced against Italy, one more than against Uruguay in the first game of this Confederations Cup. Shock."
    • 24' Maggio whips in another cross from the right but this time it's too close to Casillas.
    • 23' Italy have conceded three or more goals in back-to-back matches for the first time since 1976. However, the omens are good for Italians looking for hope. The last time it happened at a tournament was back in 1970 at the World Cup. The Azzurri defeated West Germany 4-3 before reaching the final versus Brazil.
    • 22' So far, so good for Italy. They should be ahead after carving out at least three gilt-edged chances.
    • 21' Spain respond but they have yet to truly trouble Buffon. Another spell of possession ends with some confident defensive work from Maggio.
    • 20' SHOTS: Spain 1-6 Italy.
    • 19' And Italy go close again. Marchisio thumps a diving header two yards wide of target after a clever knockdown by Gilardino.
    • 18' HUGE CHANCE for ITALY! De Rossi glances a header inches past the post following a delicious right-wing free-kick from Pirlo. They may end up regretting these misses.
    • 17' GREAT SAVE! Casillas comes to the edge of his box and pulls off a superb stop to deny Maggio's header on the run after a diagonal long ball almost put the wing-back in on goal.
    • 16' Italy looking the more likely here. They aren't controlling the ball, but they are hitting Spain on the counter at every opportunity.
    • 15' CHANCE for ITALY! Candreva carves out some space down the right allowing Maggio to cross low for Gilardino who sees his side-footer bobble wide of the far post. A batter chance than the Italy hitman may have realised.
    • 14' It was around this time when Silva opened the scoring for Spain in the Euro 2012 final. Italy will be glad to get beyond this point with their defence unbreached.
    • 13' Torres shows Chiellini a clean pair of heels by marauding at pace down the right. The Chelsea man gets to the byline but almost gives up on it and allows his marker to get back and easily pinch back possession.
    • 12' Spain's last victory over Italy was the high profile success in the Euro 2012 final. The Azzurri's came in a 2-1 friendly win in August 2011.
    • 11' This is the 32nd time the sides have met. Spain have won nine while Italy have triumphed on 10 occasions. The rest have obviously been draws.
    • 10' Italy have started well tonight. Perhaps illustrating why Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio does not fear La Roja despite acknowledging their presence as the world's best. He said: "They're the strongest team, the (world and European) champions, who have won everything, but we're not playing to lose. We got to the final of the European Championship and we have the possibility to get to the final of the Confederations Cup, which is a big motivation."
    • 9' CHANCE for ITALY! Pirlo's outswinging corner finds the unmarked head of Christian Maggio who contrives to power it well over the bar. He should have done much better there.
    • 8' On cue, Ramos is in the thick of the action as he cuts out a low cross at the near post and concedes the game's first corner.
    • 7' Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos is hoping to realise every footballer's dream tonight. He said: "At stake is the final of an important competition, and everyone dreams of playing in a final at the Maracana. Italy have a very strong competitive mentality and have always shown that, despite their last result against us."
    • 6' Xavi clips a ball towards Torres at the far post but Giorgio Chiellini is able to get his head on it and avert the danger.
    • 5' Tonight's referee is England's Howard Webb.
    • 4' A lively start already here. Spain looking fresh on the ball while Italy are aiming to push forward when the opportunity arises.
    • 3' Italy respond and a lightning break ends with Emanuele Giaccherini curling a right-foot shot well off target.
    • 2' Spain are camped inside that Italy half already. A blur of one-touch red movement has the Azzurri rearguard at full stretch and Pedro drags a 20 yarder a few yards wide.
    • 2' Spain straight on the attack. A long diagonal ball frees Pedro on the right but his low cross is too far in front of Torres. Buffon gathers with ease.
    • 1' KICK OFF! Spain get this semi-final underway.
    • 19.58 We are just minutes away from kick off to determine who will face Brazil in Sunday's final. Stay tuned and you won't miss a moment of the significant action!
    • 19.53 As we await the players' emergence from the changing rooms, why not remind yourself of how they both got here courtesy of the Group stage action in photos.
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    • 19.51 Of course, that's not going to be easy against the reigning World and European champions. Indeed, Buffon was the least protected stopper in the group stage, facing 20 shots in total which was more than any other goalkeeper. The Juventus man conceded eight goals in three matches which is the most the Azzurri have ever conceded in the first group stage of a major tournament.
    • 19.50 Meanwhile, Italy keeper Gianluigi Buffon believes the key to an Italian success will be based upon a near flawless rearguard action as the Azzuri aim to improve on their worst defensive run for 37 years. He told reporters: "We've got to start conceding fewer goals. A team of our talent and skill level shouldn't be making defensive errors like these."
    • 19.46 Del Bosque also offered this cracking quote when insisting Spain's incessant run of success is down to the conveyor belt of talent he has been able to choose from over the course of various tournaments. He said: "We have changed names and you have to adapt to them. The style of play is a photo and then you develop it to the players."
    • 19.45 Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque is wary of the motivation Italy could take from their Euro 2012 humbling. He told the press: "This semi-final is a chance for Italy to take revenge. They'll be a very difficult team to beat, but we want to keep moving forward and reach the final."
    • 19.42 Who will join Brazil in the final on Sunday? The Bookies and just about everyone outside of Italy have Spain down as overwhelming favourites but does anyone fancy Prandelli's men to sneak it? Tweet @paul_hassall your views and I'll include the best in this commentary.
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    • 19.40 And they will have to do it without Balotelli, their shining light in this year's tournament. The AC Milan forward returned home earlier in the week with a thigh injury. Ignazio Abate has also been ruled out of the remainder of the competition. This stat emphasises how big a blow Balotelli's withdrawal is: No one has scored more for Prandelli's Italy than him (10 goals in 25 games).
    • 19.37 This last four clash sees the two Euro 2012 finalists go head-to-head just 12 months on. Spain put the Azzurri to the sword on that occasion and the Italians will be hoping to gain some sort of revenge for that 4-0 rout. Easier said than done, of course!
    • 19.35 Spain start with Chelsea's Fernando Torres in attack while Manchester City's David Silva and captain Iker Casillas also come into the side. Italy make six changes from the line-up that featured in the 4-2 defeat to Brazil. Alberto Gilardino leads the attack in place of the injured Mario Balotelli while key midfielders Andrea Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi return. Christian Maggio, Andrea Barzagli and Emanuele Giaccherini are the other fresh faces selected by Cesare Prandelli.
    • 19.31 TEAMS - SPAIN: Casillas, Arbeloa, Alba, Pique, Ramos, Busquets, Iniesta, Xavi, Pedro, Silva, Torres... Subs: Valdes, Reina, Albiol, Martinez, Azpilcueta, Villa, Fabregas, Mata, Soldado, Monreal, Cazorla, Navas. /// ITALY: Buffon, Maggio, Chiellini, Candreva, Marchisio, Barzagli, De Rossi, Bonucci, Pirlo, Giaccherini, Gilardino... Subs: Sirigu, Marchetti, Astori, De Sciglio, Aquilani, Giovinco, El Shaarawy, Cerci, Montolivo, Diamanti.
    • 19.30 Good evening and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Confederations Cup semi final between Spain and Italy at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. Tonight's winner will face Brazil in Sunday's final at the Maracana.
  • Summary

    • - PENS: Italy 6-7 Spain. Navas scores! Spain are in the final!!!!!!
    • - PENS: Italy 6-6 Spain. Busquets sends Buffon the wrong way!
    • - PENS: Italy 6-5 Spain. Montolivo makes no mistake.
    • - PENS: Italy 5-5 Spain. Huge pressure on Mata... but he tucks it away too. Sudden death here we come!
    • - PENS: Italy 5-4 Spain. A perfect penalty from Pirlo, low into the left-hand corner.
    • - PENS: Italy 4-4 Spain. Ramos crashes it beyond Buffon. Another fine spot-kick.
    • - PENS: Italy 4-3 Spain. Giovinco hesitates but rolls it right in the bottom corner. Great pen.
    • - PENS: Italy 3-2 Spain. No mistake from De Rossi who fires into the roof of the net.
    • - PENS: Italy 2-2 Spain. Iniesta crashes it home. That's four from four spot-kicks.
    • - PENS: Italy 2-1 Spain. Aquilani fires low into the left-hand corner.
    • - PENS: Italy 1-1 Spain. Xavi coolly fires home to level it up.
    • - PENS: Italy 1-0 Spain. Candreva dinks a delightful effort down the middle!!
    • 115' OFF THE POST! A HUGE moment! Xavi sees his 30-yard shot tipped onto the post by Buffon and the rebound is dragged wide by Martinez.
    • 105' Pique booked. The defender handles as he attempts to latch onto a ball over the top and get a shot away.
    • 99' CHANCE for SPAIN! A sublime move ends with Iniesta clipping a reverse pass over the top of a defender for Alba who flashes a volley over the top. Spain starting to turn the screw here.
    • 94' OFF THE POST! Giaccherini crashes a shot against the near post after more great play down that right flank by Maggio and Candreva.
    • 90'+2 CHANCE... No, it's offside! Aquilani's mis-hit scissor kick drops for Gilardino who flicks his shot the wrong side of the post... but the flag is up. Let off for Spain.
    • 85' SPAIN CHANCE. Torres shows good endeavour to force the ball out wide to Navas who picks out Pique with a first-time cross. Unfortunately for La Roja, the Barcelona defender crashes his shot high, wide and handsome as he meets the ball on the run 10 yards from goal.
    • 74' HUGE CHANCE for SPAIN. Pedro breaks the offside trap down the right and surges onto a clever through ball. The Barca man beats Buffon to it but then stabs an anxious effort way off target.
    • 65' De Rossi booked for Italy.
    • 64' That's more like it from Iniesta. The Barca midfielder dances beyond two challenges, evades a third and sears a 25-yard shot way off target. It was beautiful to watch right up until the moment he pulled the trigger.
    • 57' GOOD SAVE! Navas lashes a low shot towards goal that Buffon does well to hold at the first attempt. The Spain sub has made a decent impact.
    • 48' Spain open up Italy as Iniesta exchanges passes with Torres and crashes a shot well wide at the near post. A cut back would have probably been a better option there.
    • 42' CLOSE! Another counter attack ends with Giaccherini seeing a curling shot blocked before De Rossi stings the hands of Casillas with a rasping drive.
    • 37' SPAIN CHANCE! Back up the other end and Torres finally gets a sight of goal but drags well wide. That was a good chance for a man bang in form.
    • 36' ANOTHER CHANCE for ITALY. Casillas produces a sensational save to keep out a header from point-blank range.
    • 18' HUGE CHANCE for ITALY! De Rossi glances a header inches past the post following a delicious right-wing free-kick from Pirlo. They may end up regretting these misses.
    • 17' GREAT SAVE! Casillas comes to the edge of his box and pulls off a superb stop to deny Maggio's header on the run after a diagonal long ball almost put the wing-back in on goal.
    • 15' CHANCE for ITALY! Candreva carves out some space down the right allowing Maggio to cross low for Gilardino who sees his side-footer bobble wide of the far post. A batter chance than the Italy hitman may have realised.
    • 9' CHANCE for ITALY! Pirlo's outswinging corner finds the unmarked head of Christian Maggio who contrives to power it well over the bar. He should have done much better there.
    • 2' Spain are camped inside that Italy half already. A blur of one-touch red movement has the Azzurri rearguard at full stretch and Pedro drags a 20 yarder a few yards wide.
    • 19.31 TEAMS - SPAIN: Casillas, Arbeloa, Alba, Pique, Ramos, Busquets, Iniesta, Xavi, Pedro, Silva, Torres... Subs: Valdes, Reina, Albiol, Martinez, Azpilcueta, Villa, Fabregas, Mata, Soldado, Monreal, Cazorla, Navas. /// ITALY: Buffon, Maggio, Chiellini, Candreva, Marchisio, Barzagli, De Rossi, Bonucci, Pirlo, Giaccherini, Gilardino... Subs: Sirigu, Marchetti, Astori, De Sciglio, Aquilani, Giovinco, El Shaarawy, Cerci, Montolivo, Diamanti.

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    Manager: Vicente del Bosque

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    Manager: Cesare Prandelli

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