Today Italy and Spain will hold a remake of the semi-finals of the European Championship in 1/2 League of Nations. Luis Enrique’s team will take revenge on Squadra Azzurra and win at least some trophy, and Sergey Karasev will monitor compliance with the rules.
The Italian national team will not count many leaders. Leonardo Spinazzola is still injured – the left-back suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the quarterfinal match of the European Championship with Belgium. For sure, Ciro Immobile will miss the meeting, who suffered damage to the semi-webbed muscle of his right thigh in the game with Lokomotiv. Alexey Miranchuk’s teammate Matteo Pessina has the most recent injury. In addition, one of the young stars of Euro 2020 suffered a grade II right hip flexor injury in a match with Milan.
The Spanish national team revealed a muscle injury to the right thigh of Atletico midfielder Marcos Llorente. He will undergo a medical examination and physiotherapy treatment and will work according to an individual program. Tottenham’s Brian Heal will replace him. Also, Pedri from Barcelona and Brais Mendes from Celta will not play with Italy – Sergi Roberto has invited Luis Enrique to take their place.
“Squadra Azzurra” continues to update its record. After a 5:0 victory over Lithuania, Roberto Mancini’s team extended the unbeaten streak to 37 consecutive meetings – 28 wins and nine draws. After the victorious Euro, the Italians won only once and drew twice more — with Bulgaria (1:1) and Switzerland (0:0).
The Spaniards also played three matches after losing to Italy at the 2020 World Cup. The first meeting turned into a defeat from the Swedes with a score of 1:2, but then Luis Enrique’s team won twice — Georgia (4:0) and Kosovo (2:0).