Fans can watch the Italy vs. Spain football match live online as the teams face off in an international friendly match in Madrid that could serve as a preview for the 2014 World Cup.
The match comes with a note of anticipation as Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa makes his debut in front of his home crowd. Costa will play for La Roja for the first time since announcing his intention to play for Spain rather than his home country of Brazil.
“It was a complicated decision at the time,” Costa told Spanish TV channel Canal Plus. “But it was a choice that I gave a lot of thought to and I tried to do the right thing. Spain showed an interest and I felt wanted. If they thought that I could be important to them, considering the team they have, then it’s a privilege.”
Costa moved to Spain in 2007 and brings a deft scoring touch to Spain. He has scored 21 goals in 24 Primera Division games this year, second only to Real Madrid’s Christiano Ronaldo.
Fans who watch the Italy vs. Spain football match live online will see a few familiar faces missing as well. Italy traveled to Spain without several of its players, including hobbled AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli. Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi was also kept off the squad as punishment for making a violent gesture toward an opponent last weekend.
The Spanish team will also be without Fernando Torres, who was left off the roster by manager Vicente del Bosque. Though Torres has been on the last two World Cup squads, poor play from the Chelsea striker left him off the team.
Fans who want to watch the Italy vs. Spain football match live online can click here to access the game in the UK. Viewers in the United States can click here, Canadian viewers can click here. Those in the Middle East can access streaming video here, and those in Latin American can watch here.