Spain vs Italy Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: June 27, 2013; Time: 8:00 PM BST;
Venue: Estádio Governador Plácido Aderaldo Castelo — Fortaleza, Ceará
La Roja will do their best to repeat Euro 2012 victory over Azzurri team. The World and European champions will be looking to add the Confederations Cup to their rapidly increasing trophies, but Cesare Prandelli’s team is in hunt of revenge for their loss in Kiev.
Confederations cup Semi-final second day faces 2 finalist of the last European Cup.
World and European champions Spain have 3 wins from 3 games at the Conf Cup. After wins over Nigeria 0-3, Tahiti 10-0 and Uruguay 2-1 they Spain are big favourites of this tournament. Spain easily won Uruguay having a total dominance. Fernando Torres has likely turned back his goal scoring form, while Xavi and Iniesta and company were doing their business on a high! Barcelona left back Jordi Alba is also very dangerous after netting twice. The Spanish team doesn’t needs something like deconstruction, as they will simply try to control the ball until the needed result. Spain scored 15 goals and conceded only 1. La Roja won Euro 2012 title by betting Italy 4-0 in the final. Fernando Torres is currently the highest-scoring player at the tournament having 5 goals after 3 fixtures.
Italy finished as runner ups in Group A after losing to Brazil 2-4, beating Mexico 2-1 and Japan 4-3. They still have big hopes to find revenge in the game against their rivals Spain, but they have to do this without striker Mario Ballotelli, cause he is out due to injury. Italy have some problems in their play. Against Brazil in the last mach they were never dominating and were very unsure at the back. Italy scored 8 goals and conceded 8 so far.
Head coach Vicente del Bosque has almost full strength squad. He will probably play with Iker Casillas in goal. Roberto Soldado and Cesc Fabregas are major doubts for this game after some problems. So, Fernando Torres is the favourite to start in attack. Juan Mata and David Silva will be in contention to replace Fabregas.
Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli could play with a three-man defence. He can’t count on Mario Balotelli and Ignazio Abate due to injuries. Both are out from this competition. Alberto Gilardino will start upfront, while Daniele De Rossi and Andrea Pirlo will return in the heart of midfield.
Spain: Casillas, Arbeloa, Ramos, Piqué, Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Pedro, Torres, Silva.
Nigeria 0 – Spain 3;
Spain 10 – Tahiti 0;
Spain 2 – Uruguay 1.
Italy: Buffon, Barzagli, Chiellini, Bonucci, Maggio, Pirlo, Rossi, Giaccherini, Candreva, Marchisio, Gilardino.
Italy 2 – Brazil 4;
Italy 4 – Japan 3 ;
Mexico 1 – Italy 2.