Spain won the 1964 European Championship crown, but Spain was not represented in the next 10 tournaments. After ending the drought in 2008, the Spanish team made it to the back-to-back championships four more years later. In 2016, the Spanish side was defeated by the Italians in round 16. Spain will be seeking revenge Tuesday when it takes on Italy in the Euro 2020 semifinals. La Roja drew 1-1 against Switzerland in the quarterfinals. However, it advanced on penalty kicks while the Italians won 2-1 over Belgium to reach this stage.
Kickoff at Wembley Stadium, London, is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. ET. William Hill Sportsbook’s latest Italy vs. Spain odds list Italy as +140 favorites (risk $100, win $140), while Spain is listed at 2.5 goals over under. Check out the Euro 2020 predictions by SportsLine before you commit to any Spain vs. Italy picks.
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If Spain and Italy don’t face off at one point, it’s not a Euros tournament. As the prize, this time it’s one of Europe’s most iconic soccer matches.
The fourth consecutive Euro competition will see the Spaniards and Italians meet in the knockout stage. However, there is a new feel to both teams ahead of the semifinal matchup at Wembley Stadium, London. Italy has an unbeaten streak of 32 games (13 consecutive wins), and is playing a modern style of soccer. Spain has made a squad switchover, which has brought a new interpretation to the possession-based “tiki taka” style that has been characteristic of La Roja.
Spain’s soccer brand has suffered some heavy losses over the years. The most notable example of this was the 4-0 defeat in the 2012 Euro final, which was the most dismal title match in competition history. Italy has only twice defeated Spain in 14 previous meetings. But, this time, the tables could be turning as Italy’s play wins all the plaudits at Euro 2021.Last Updated on October 2, 2021