Italy looks to make it two major tournament wins in a row over European rival Spain on Thursday when the two countries square off in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match in Turin, Italy, a match that will stream live three months after the hosts stunned Spain by ousting them from the 2016 UEFA Euros at the Round of 16.
The loss was a hard fall for Spain, who were the defending, back-to-back European Champions and 2010 World Cup winners and once appeared set to rule over Europe for years to come. But Italy can now drive another nail into the Spanish football coffin by sending them to an early defeat in Group G.
Both Italy and Spain won their opening matches and sat level with Albania at three points atop the group.
But Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says that his team has already put their victory over Spain in the Euros in their rear view mirror.
“I only remember that we had a strong match, with a team that wanted the result at any cost,” Buffon said on Wednesday. “We have to have the same attitude tomorrow too, passion, desire and humility, which is fundamental. If in remembering the victory at the Euros instead we go out on the pitch with arrogance and cockiness, it will be the worst mistake we could do.”
Watch a pre-match press conference previewing the World Cup qualifier with Buffon and new Italy manager Gian Piero Ventura in the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Italy vs. Spain 2018 World Cup qualifying match — in the United States, United Kingdom, Italy or Spain — see the streaming links at the bottom of this article.
Kickoff is scheduled for 8:45 p.m. Central European Summer Time at Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy, on Thursday, October 6. For fans in the United Kingdom, that start time will be one hour earlier, at 7:45 p.m.
In the United States, the Italy vs. Spain match will live stream starting at 2:45 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 11:45 a.m. Pacific.
Spain also has a new manager, former Porto boss Julen Lopetegui, who made an early mark by using his pre-match press conference to name Chelsea striker Diego Costa his starter in that crucial position on Thursday.
In their third World Cup Group G qualifying matches, both on Sunday, Italy visits Macedonia and Spain flies to Albania.
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Watch a live stream of the Italy vs. Spain Group G World Cup qualifying match in the United States by going to Fox Sports Go at this link, or downloading the Fox Sports Go app to watch on tablet computers and smartphones. Fox Sports Go also streams live on the Amazon Fire TV and Roku set-top devices, allowing fans to watch the Italy vs. Spain Group G World Cup Qualifier stream live online on their TV sets.
For those who do not have cable or satellite service login credentials, the Sling TV internet TV streaming service carries Fox Sports 1 which will broadcast the Italy vs. Spain game. Click here for a seven-day free trial of Sling, allowing fans to watch the Italy vs. Spain Group G match stream live at no charge. The Playstation Vue internet TV service also carries FS1, and also comes with a seven-day free trial, which may be accessed at this link for free viewing of the World Cup qualifier live stream.
Fans in the United Kingdom can watch a live stream of Italy vs. Spain via the ITV Hub streaming service, accessible at this link. A brief sign-up will be required, and the live stream is not available outside of the U.K.
Fans in both Italy and Spain can watch the match stream live via the public broadcasting services in their respective countries — but again, the live streams will not viewable outside of those countries. In Italy, watch the World Cup qualifier stream live via RAI Play at this link. In Italy, public broadcaster TVE La 1 will stream Italy vs. Spain on Thursday at this link.
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