Italy (4-3-3) Gianluigi Donnarumma; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini (c), Emerson Palmieri; Nicolo Barella, Jorginho, Marco Verratti; Federico Chiesa, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne.
Spain (4-3-3) Unai Simon; Cesar Azpilicueta, Eric Garcia, Aymeric Laporte, Jordi Alba; Pedri, Sergio Busquets (c), Koke; Mikel Oyarzabal, Ferran Torres, Dani Olmo.
Incase you missed it: Morata drops to the bench for Spain 😲
Morata started every game at Euro 2020 despite criticism for his struggles in front of goal.
4 hours ago (17:51 GMT)
It’s coming Rome…
4 hours ago (17:42 GMT)
Here’s a look at how both teams have performed at this year’s tournament.
Italy haven’t dropped any points. Spain just don’t like giving the ball away…. but have won just ONE game in normal time at Euro 2020.
Neither side has seen red… And a semi-final isn’t the best place to get your first.
5 hours ago (17:13 GMT)
A record already (almost)
Both sides will create a record at kick-off.
In just under two hours, Italy vs Spain will become the most-played fixture at the European Championships.
Spain’s coach Luis Enrique has coped with personal tragedy and the effect of negative public opinion to rally his young squad and lead them to the semi-finals.
He incurred the wrath of many fans and large sections of the Spanish media for leaving Sergio Ramos out of his squad and picking no players from Real Madrid.
The coach turned more heads by only picking a 24-man squad instead of 26 and for encouraging French-born defender Aymeric Laporte to switch nationalities and lead the team’s defence instead of Ramos.
He then kept Sergio Busquets in the squad after the midfielder tested positive for COVID-19, showing a sense of patience he did not afford Ramos, who had missed much of the last season through injury.
Radio Marca described Luis Enrique as “pigheaded”, adding Spain were “not cut out to win this Euros and we all know it”.
6 hours ago (16:05 GMT)
Unbeaten Italy vs possession kings Spain
Italy vs Spain marks a blockbuster first semi-final at Euro 2020 with Tuesday’s game the latest episode in a burgeoning rivalry between the nations meeting in a fourth consecutive European Championship.
Italy have won all five matches at this year’s tournament. Spain boast an average possession of 67 percent.
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