Football fans can watch the Italy vs. Spain match live online and see which team can win its way through to the Round of Eight in the Euro 2016 Championship.
The match is a battle of Mediterranean powerhouse teams, each with a recent record of success in the tournament. Spain is the returning champion, while Italy is the 2012 runner-up — to champion Spain.
The teams will now meet in a rematch of sorts, with kickoff scheduled for Monday at 5 p.m. local time (12 p.m. ET) from Stade de France.
It was a blowout the last time the teams met in the Euro, with Spain winning the 2012 championship game by a 4-0 score. But former Juventus winger Mauro Camoranesi said he believes it will be a much closer contest with Antonio Conte at the helm now for Italy.
“Italy are completely different,” Camoranesi told Goal.com. “This time it is more traditional. The other one [Cesare Prandelli] was more experimental.
“For the first time in a long time, Prandelli’s team tried to have possession of the ball, something that had never been done. Spain found many spaces to come from behind and put that team in trouble.”
Camoranesi said he believes it will be Spain’s match to lose, but that it will ultimately be won by the team able to focus better and play their style of game.
“It’s going to be decided more for having a strong mental force rather than game,” he said. “It depends much more on Spain than Italy. I see very little chances for Italy, but that does not mean they cannot win. It will depend on what kind of football Spain will play.”
Spain will likely rely on Andrew Iniesta for a big performance. The team was at its best when Iniesta was at his best through the early part of the tournament, and the Barcelona striker could again lead his team to victory. The Spanish squad will likely try to get him involved early, setting the tone and flow of the match.
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But fans who watch the Italy vs. Spain football match live online could see a very different Spanish team than the one that dominated early in the tournament. While the team has looked dominant at times, it has also been prone to breakdowns and sometimes looked very beatable. They could benefit from having close to a full week off to recover physically and focus on the match at hand, however.
It could be best served for Italy to allow Spain to dictate the pace, noted ESPNFC analyst Mina Rzouki.
The Italians suffer when required to dictate play, but their reactive brand of football served them well in the 2-0 win over a talented Belgium side in their opener and it could well help them ensure a tough match for their old foes Spain.
The teams have had quite some time to build up animosity, with this being the sixth time the two have met in the European Championship. While it was once Italy that was the dominant team in the matchup, Spain has surpassed them and now plays the role of favorite.
“The beginning of their golden period coincided with their win over us in 2008,” Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini told the BBC.
“It was only in Kiev [the 4-0 defeat in the Euro 2012 final] that we weren’t able to give them a game, we hadn’t been able to recover from our game against Germany.”
Italy’s last competitive win over Spain actually came in 1994, a 2-1 win in the World Cup quarterfinals.
Fans who want to watch the Italy vs. Spain football match live online can click here for streaming video through WatchESPN.
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