Spain vs Italy LIVE: Euro 2024 team news, line-ups and more ahead of blockbuster Group B match today

‘We are too comfortable’ – Spalletti irritated despite Euro 2024 opening win

Spain started their Euro 2024 campaign with an impressive win over Croatia and will want to build on it with a similar performance against holders Italy, in the first meeting of two heavyweight nations at the tournament

Alvaro Morata, Fabian Ruiz and Dani Carvajal were on target for Spain in their Group B opener, as Barcelona youngster Lamine Yamal became the youngest player in the history of the men’s Euros when he made his starting appearance aged 16 years and 338 days.

Italy also recorded a win in their opening game, although their 2-1 victory over Albania was not quite as convincing. Nedim Bajrami had put Albania ahead after just 23 seconds, before Alessandro Bastoni and Nicolo Barella struck twice in five minutes to give Italy a lead they held on to for the rest of the match.

Both Italy and Spain, who are meeting at a fifth consecutive Euros, are among the favourites to come through what was described as the ‘group of death’ but the game between the two could decide who will finish top. Follow all the action from the match in our live blog below


Spain vs Italy: Latest Euro 2024 build-up

Spain vs Italy head-to-head: 2012

After a 1-1 draw in the group stage of Euro 2012, Spain and Italy met again in the Kyiv final. Spain crowned a golden era with a dominant 4-0 victory, with goals from David Silva, Jordi Alba, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata.

“We had the perfect game,” said Andres Iniesta. We dominated, moved the ball quickly, and created lots of chances. I think it’s one of the national team’s greatest games.”

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Jamie Braidwood20 June 2024 16:50


Spain vs Italy: Latest Euro 2024 build-up

Spain vs Italy head-to-head: 2008

Spain’s quarter-final victory over Italy proved a seminal moment for their golden generation, leading to European Championship titles in 2008 and 2012 and the 2010 World Cup.

La Roja had lost three penalty shoot-outs in Euro quarter-finals before meeting Italy, then world champions following the 2006 World Cup, in Vienna on 22 June 2008.

After a 0-0 draw in extra time, goalkeeper Iker Casillas saved three penalties in the shoot-out as Spain broke new ground. They didn’t look back.

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Jamie Braidwood20 June 2024 16:30


Spain vs Italy: Latest Euro 2024 build-up

Spain and Italy are meeting at a fifth European Championship in a row at Euro 2024 as an iconic football rivalry gets another new chapter in Germany.

This is the most-played fixture in European Championship history and will be their eighth clash in the history of the tournament.

Games between Spain and Italy have tended to be tight, low-scoring affairs, with one obvious exception.

While Italy have two wins and four games have finished as a draw or gone to penalties, Spain achieved what was close to perfection with a 4-0 victory against in the Euro 2012 final.

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Jamie Braidwood20 June 2024 16:10


Spain vs Italy: Latest Euro 2024 build-up

Elsewhere in Group B: Croatia 2-2 Albania

Klaus Gjasula struck five minutes into stoppage time to rescue a 2-2 draw for Albania against Croatia in a thriller in Hamburg and keep alive their hopes of reaching the Euro 2024 knockout stages.

The 2022 World Cup semi-finalists looked to have secured a fine comeback win after Andrej Kramaric scored in the 74th minute to cancel out Qazim Laci’s early goal for Albania, then midfielder Gjasula inadvertently turned the ball past his own goalkeeper two minutes later.

But with time almost up, Albania attacked down the left and the ball was crossed to Gjasula who fired left footed into the corner to stun Croatia and set up a tense finale to Group B. After both sides lost their opening matches of the tournament, only final-game victories over Spain and Italy will likely be enough to see either qualify.

Meanwhile, a win for either Spain or Italy would secure their place in the last-16.

Jamie Braidwood20 June 2024 15:50


Last time out: Italy 2-1 Albania

Italy were wobbling, their crown teetering on the edge as the Westfalenstadion exploded and the drums pounded in their ears. Albania stunned Italy with the fastest goal in Euros history, coming after just 23 seconds, as Federico Dimarco left his throw-in short, Alessandro Bastoni melted into the ground, and then, before anyone could understand what was happening, Nedim Bajrami thumped a strike inside Gianluigi Donnarumma’s near post. Bajrami raced away, falling into the embrace of a stadium losing its head.

Italy trudged back to halfway and in that moment it seemed the latest twist in the cycle of turmoil that has followed the Azzurri since they defeated England on penalties to win the Euros.

But what followed was a different story, one not of Albania resistance, but of Italy discovering themselves again.

Jamie Braidwood20 June 2024 15:20


Spain vs Italy: Latest Euro 2024 build-up

Last time out: Spain 3-0 Croatia

A new Spain, in more ways than one. As Lamine Yamal, who was not even a year old when they won Euro 2008, became first the youngest footballer to play in a European Championships and then, before half-time, the youngest to set up a goal in one, Luis de la Fuente’s side made a break with the past.

With less possession and more potency, Spain looked like a team trying to cast off the influence of their champion sides. They had 47 per cent of the ball but scored three goals. After going out of successive World Cups in knockout games where they attempted over 1,000 passes each, but seemed to show precious little interest in scoring, this was Spain, but not as we knew them.

Richard Jolly’s report from Berlin

Jamie Braidwood20 June 2024 14:50


Spain vs Italy: Latest Euro 2024 build-up

As Luciano Spalletti prepares for the biggest challenge of his first year in charge of Italy, the 65-year-old is relishing the occasion of facing the highest exponents of his philosophy in Spain. The grandest rivalry in European Championship history will take a new twist at Euro 2024, as Gelsenkirchen stages the first heavyweight clash of a tournament that has so far been defined by the unfancied nations seizing their opportunity. Spalletti knows his Italy side remain a work in progress if they are to reach the levels of possession once set by Spain, who themselves represent something different from what has come before.

Preview ahead of Spain vs Italy

Jamie Braidwood20 June 2024 14:20


Spain v Italy TV channel, start time and how to watch Euro 2024 fixture tonight

Luis de la Fuente’s impressive Spain side will take on competition holders Italy in the first meeting of two continental giants at Euro 2024. The match is a replay of the Euro 2020 semi-final, in which the Azzurri won 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

La Roja produced a brilliant display to dismantle Croatia on their way to a 3-0 win in their opening group game. 16-year-old Lamine Yamal grabbed the headlines, with Alvaro Morata and Fabian Ruiz also on the scoresheet to give Spain the lead in Group B.

Italy recovered from conceding the quickest goal in European Championship history against Albania, with Alessandro Bastoni and Nicolo Barella completing a rapid turnaround to give Luciano Spalletti’s side an unconvincing 2-1 win. Those results have set up a crunch match at the top of Group B, with either side likely to top the group if they can find a winner in Gelsenkirchen on Thursday.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Group B fixture:

Jamie Braidwood20 June 2024 14:06


Spain vs Italy: Latest Euro 2024 build-up

Spain: Simon; Carvajal, Nacho, Le Normand, Cucurella; Pedri, Rodri, Ruiz; Yamal, Morata, Williams.

Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bastoni, Calafiori, Dimarco; Frattesi, Jorginho, Barella; Chiesa, Scamacca, Pellegrini.

Jamie Braidwood20 June 2024 14:05


Spain vs Italy: Latest Euro 2024 build-up

The Azzurri have no fresh injuries either, and a lack of depth means it is likely that Luciano Spalletti will start the same eleven that narrowly beat Albania.

The Italian defence seems set in stone, and there is little alternative to the quality of Barella and Jorginho in midfield. Italy were pedestrian at times in attack against Albania, though Federico Chiesa was impressive and will surely keep his place on the wing. Gianluca Scamacca remains the biggest goal threat, with none of the five subs making a notable impact last week.

Jamie Braidwood20 June 2024 14:03


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