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Spain vs Italy EURO 2024 Group B Matchday 2 preview: where to watch, start time, possible lineups | UEFA EURO 2024

Spain and Italy meet on Thursday 20 June for their second match of UEFA EURO 2024 in Group B.

Where can you watch Spain vs Italy on TV?

Fans can find their local UEFA EURO 2024 broadcast partner(s) here.

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Spain set a milestone in their opener in Berlin, scoring three superbly executed first-half goals in a comfortable win against Croatia. Fabián Ruiz was the star player, providing a perfectly balanced assist for Álvaro Morata before doubling the lead with a low strike of his own, but it was also a memorable afternoon for 16-year-old Lamine Yamal, whose beautiful cross was sent home. by Dani Carvajal for La Roja’s third. The three-time winners head into their final meeting with fellow EURO 2012 finalists Italy with the wind firmly in their sails.

Player of the match: Fabián Ruiz

Italy recovered from their opening minute setback against Albania to claim a hard-fought win in their support fixture. The Azzurri defeated Spain in both of their last two tournaments, winning 2-0 in the round of 16 eight years ago before completing a semi-final victory on penalties at Wembley at the 2020 Euros. the scale of the task they face, but defender Alessandro Bastoni says they will “focus on Spain’s weaknesses and hit them there”.

Possible setups

Spain: Unai Simon; Carvajal, Le Normand, Nacho, Cucurella; Fabian Ruiz, Rodri, Pedri; Yamal, Morata, Williams

Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bastoni, Calafiori, Dimarco; Jorginho, Barella; Frattesi, Pellegrini, Chiesa; Scamacca

Form guide

Spain:
Format (all competitions, most recent first): WWWDLW

Italy:
Format (all competitions, most recent first): WWDWWD

The road from Italy to Germany: watch every goal

Expert predictions

Graham Hunter, Spain reporter

It’s one thing to be in top form in camp, but it’s another to turn this into a valuable win in the group stages. But Spain did just that against Croatia and there is little indication, even though Italy is a highly respected rival, that La Roja will be in a different form for the second match in Group B. Training has been sharp, the mood is high and perhaps above all, there is a palpable atmosphere of intense, competitive focus. I don’t expect many, if any, personnel changes, especially since Aymeric Laporte hasn’t started training at top speed yet. It’s a big test and a crucial match, but the Nations League holders are in good form

Paolo Menicucci, reporter from Italy

Spalletti has all his players available and could use the same line-up as against Albania. The only doubt is whether he will use Mancini and Cristante from the start. Mancini is a more traditional centre-back compared to Calafiori, staying in position rather than pushing forward. Cristante, meanwhile, could replace Pellegrini or Frattesi to create a more solid midfield. Both would be sensible solutions in light of Spain’s blistering attack, which scored three times against Croatia.

What the coaches say

Luis de la Fuente, national coach of Spain: “(Italy) are contenders in any international competition. Spain versus Italy is a classic game, it could very easily be the final. They have great players, a great coach and a real football culture. They are one of the great I am I’m sure it will be a great show and a great match. It will be a match worthy of this competition. We will do our best to win it.”

Luciano Spalletti, Italy coach: “When you play a European Championship, all the matches are finals, all the matches are unique, all the matches are something to remember. We want to play the same kind of football as against Albania and measure ourselves against one of the strongest teams in Europe. I’m there We are sure that if we leave the ball to them, it will end badly for us. So we will have to take the initiative and see if we can succeed against such great opponents.”

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