Spain will look to avenge their Euro 2020 semi-final loss to Italy tonight when they face the European Champions in the last four of the UEFA Nations League.
Luis Enrique’s side were one shootout away from joining England in the Euro 2020 final, but Alvaro Morata and Dani Olmo missed their shots as Italy won 4-2.
The teams drew 1-1 in a thrilling semi-final at Wembley, but La Roja is missing a number of the players who made it into that game, including Pedri, Morata, Olmo and Jordi Alba.
Apart from a few absences in attack, Italy is complete and holds a world record of 37 games without defeat under Roberto Mancini. Winning here would reserve a place for Sunday’s final, with Belgium and France meeting tomorrow in the other semi-final.
Here’s everything you need to know before the game.
When is Italy versus Spain?
The match will start at 7.45 p.m. BST on Wednesday 6 October and will be played at the San Siro in Milan.
How can I watch it?
It will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Football, with coverage starting at 7:30 p.m. If you are not a Sky customer, you can pick up a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.
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What are the team’s news?
Italy are deprived of their two main strikers in their Euro 2020 campaign, with Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti unavailable due to injury. This opens up an opportunity for 21-year-old Sassuolo forward Giacomo Raspadori, who scored his first goal for the Azzurri in September, or Moise Kean, who scored twice in his last national team appearance.
The rest of the Italian squad will be the squad that faced Spain and England for Roberto Mancini’s side at the European Championships in July.
Spain have been hit by a number of injuries for the Nations League semi-final, with Gerard Moreno, Alvaro Morata, Pedri, Dani Olmo and Jordi Alba. West Ham’s Pablo Fornals and Manchester City’s Ferran Torres could start for Luis Enrique’s side, while Barcelona’s 17-year-old midfielder Gavi could make his international debut.
Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Kean, Badge
Spain: Unai Simon; Azpilicueta, Laporte, Pau Torres, Reguilon; Koke, Busquets, Fornals; Ferran Torres, Oyarzabal, Sarabie
Backed by a local crowd and with the confidence that comes with a recent major tournament victory, everything points to another victory for Italy here, this time in 90 minutes against a weakened Spanish side. Italy 2-0 Spain