Italy vs Spain LIVE Football Match Score July 6/7/2021
This is the countries’ seventh meeting in the Euros, with Spain’s only win in 90 minutes coming in the 2012 final – which they won 4-0. Italy beat Spain in the last 16 at Euro 2016. Spain are looking for a third European title in four events, while Italy have surprisingly only won it once, all the way back in 1968. The game is at Wembley, the same venue as Wednesday’s match between England and Denmark and Sunday’s final.
There are unlikely to be too many fans of either side at the game. Anybody flying from Spain or Italy into England would have to quarantine and therefore not be able to attend. Italian FA president Gabriele Gravina says they have been given 125 tickets – out of a possible 60,000 crowd. “It is unfair that there are no fans from Italy and Spain,” said Italy boss Roberto Mancini. “But it is better to play in front of the public than in front of a few people – that is the beauty of sport.” Spain manager Luis Enrique said he hoped there would be plenty of Spanish and Italians who live in the UK in the crowd.
Nicolo Barella’s sixth international goal – his nation have won every match in which he has scored – and an unstoppable Lorenzo Insigne strike against the Belgians helped the Azzurri stretch their record-breaking unbeaten run to 32 games, booking a hard-won place in the final four.
Demonstrating their traditional defensive solidity to complement the typically fluent attacking play which has become Italy’s trademark under Roberto Mancini, veteran Juventus pair Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini were able to largely mute the threat posed by Romelu Lukaku, while Leonardo Spinazzola prevented Belgium’s star striker from scoring with a crucial goal-line clearance in the second half – before pulling up injured late on.
That win served to set yet another record for an impressive Italian side, as they became the first nation to win 15 consecutive matches in European competition – including tournaments and qualifying – and only the fourth to win five European Championship finals fixtures in a row.
In all, La Nazionale have emerged victorious from each of their last 13 matches and their last defeat came as far back as September 2018, against Portugal. Though now a distant memory, that loss arrived while the scars of failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup were still yet to heal.
Since then, though, something of a rebirth has seen their manager sift through a number of personnel options, before settling on a relatively youthful, high-energy selection aided by some wise old heads in defence.
Before the knockout stage, Italy had won each of their games in Group A, and before being taken to extra time by Austria they had passed 1000 minutes without conceding. In attack, meanwhile, scoring 11 times at these Euros represents their best tournament tally since firing in 12 to win the 2006 World Cup; building hopes that they can now lift the trophy for the first time since triumphing on home soil in 1968.