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Written by Patrick Echatah

In yet another thrilling match, Spain and Italy have the opportunity to secure their spot in the knockout stage of Euro 2024.

With victories in their first games, both teams had the ideal start to their campaigns in Germany. One more victory on Thursday would guarantee a place in the round of sixteen.

Preview

In the “Group of Death,” Spain showcased their superiority over Croatia by winning decisively with three goals in the first half, virtually sealing the match in under forty-five minutes.

Unlike Spain, it was more work for Gli Azzurri, who trailed Albania after just 23 seconds , however, Luciano Spalletti’s men ultimately staged a first-half comeback to pick up the maximum points in what should have been their easiest group match.

Head To Head

There has been 36 matches between both countries, Spain have won 14 matches while Italy have won 10 matches. 12 matches have ended in draws.

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Key Performers

In Spain’s warm-up matches, Mikel Oyarzabal scored three goals against Northern Ireland in addition to a hat-trick against Andorra. Even though he might not be Spain’s most reliable starter, he is still a very dangerous player whether he starts or comes off the bench.

Even though Barella is a midfielder, he has the potential to be one of Italy’s most potent goalscorer. The Inter midfielder has averaged more over one shot per game throughout the qualification round, is built to take advantage of space in front of him.

Verdict

These countries have already faced off in the Nations League, Spain’s winning streak against the Azzurri could continue as they prepare to lock horns for the fifth time in a row in the Euros. While Italy’s defending is still somewhat questionable, a more varied attacking strategy worked in Spain’s favour against Croatia, thus La Roja may be celebrating their safe passage to the round of 16.

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