Unbeaten Italy, possession kings Spain meet at Wembley Stadium in London in the first semi-final.
The first finalist of UEFA Euro 2020 will be decided on Tuesday. Wembley Stadium will play host to a repeat of the final from nine years ago as Italy face Spain in a clash between two of the most dangerous attacks at the tournament so far.
Spain, with 12 goals, and Italy, with 11, are the two leading scorers left standing in the competition but both were pushed close in quarterfinal wins over Switzerland and Belgium, the former requiring a penalty shootout win to reach the semifinals of a tournament they have won a record three teams. The Azzurri have not won the European Championships since 1968 but despite that history they will be favorites to reach the final on Tuesday night. Here’s how to watch and all you need to know about the game:
Date: Tuesday, July 6 | Time: 3 p.m. ET
Location: Wembley Stadium — London, United Kingdom
TV: ESPN | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Odds: Italy +150; Draw +210; Spain +210 (via William Hill sportsbook)
When: Tuesday, July 6
Where: Wembley Stadium, London
Kick-off: 19:00 GMT
Italy vs Spain marks a blockbuster first semi-final at Euro 2020 to take place before an expected crowd of 60,000 at Wembley with Tuesday’s game the latest episode in a burgeoning rivalry between the nations meeting in a fourth consecutive European Championship.
Spain: Nobody at Euro 2020 should doubt that Spain can create chances for themselves in great numbers. They have the highest expected goals (xG, a metric that assesses the likelihood of any shot resulting in a goal) return at the tournament by some distance and have found the net more frequently than anyone else. And yet there are games where all those opportunities go spurned. Is that just the result of miraculous goalkeeping of the like Yann Sommer offered?
There are those who would argue that Spain’s forwards lack a killer instinct. They might have a point. Alvaro Morata and Gerard Moreno have missed penalties in normal time with the latter in particular missing a host of excellent chances through this tournament. Over time he would move back towards his scoring average but when pitted against Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Gianluigi Donnarumma such profligacy could be punished.
Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne
Out: Spinazzola (achilles)
Spain: Unai Simón; Azpilicueta, Eric García, Laporte, Jordi Alba; Koke/Llorente, Busquets, Pedri; Ferran Torres, Morata, Olmo
Out: Sarabia (groin)