Italy and Spain open Nations League Final Four with replay of Euro 2020 epic

ITALY and Spain will again face off in a semi-final on Wednesday when they take to the field at the San Siro for the Nations League Final Four opener, a replay of their epic Euro 2020 semi-final.

Spain finished on the losing side back in July’s European Championship semi-final as the Azzurri prevailed on penalties and went on to win the tournament, beginning an unforgettable summer of sport for Italy.

Roberto Mancini’s Italy are on a world-record run of 37 matches without defeat and have a squad predictably stuffed full of players who took part in their run to glory in the Euro final over England at Wembley.

“We’ll be facing a great Italy team: they deservedly beat England in the final of the Euro and they’ve kept their long unbeaten run going,” said Spain coach Luis Enrique after announcing his squad on Thursday. “But like our psychologist says, defeat comes to every team. And that means that they’re closer to losing, that time is getting nearer.” Mancini admitted that “Spain were the team we struggled against most during Euro 2020”.

“They are a good team with good players. It will be a good match,” he told The only different face from the Euro crowd was supposed to be inform Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini, who on Sunday scored his sixth goal of the season in all competitions. — AFP