Spain will clash with Italy in the UEFA Nations League 2023 semi-final at De Grolsch Veste in Enschede, Netherlands in the early hours of Friday, June 16 (in India). The match will kick off at 12:15 AM Indian Standard Time (IST).
Under the tutelage of former head coach Luis Enrique, Spain qualified for their second consecutive semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League tournament.
Earlier, Spain reached the UEFA Nations League 2021 final before going down 2-1 to France.
Meanwhile, Luis Enrique’s men started their UEFA Nations League 2022-23 campaign with a 1-1 draw against the Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal. The last edition’s finalists were once again held to a 2-2 draw by Czech Republic in their second match.
The Spanish outfit later bounced back to beat Switzerland 1-0, and followed it up with another comprehensive 2-0 victory over Czech Republic.
In their penultimate clash, Spain suffered a setback as they lost to Switzerland 2-1. However, La Roja overcame Portugal 1-0 in their final league encounter to top League A Group 2 standings with 11 points from six matches. With that crucial victory, Spain booked their place in the UEFA Nations League 2023 semi-final.
On the other hand, Italy secured their place in the last four after topping League A Group 3 standings with three wins, two draws and a solitary loss.
Placed in a challenging Group comprising Germany, England, and Hungary, the Italians went unbeaten in their first three league matches.
Led by head coach Roberto Mancini, Italy played a 1-1 draw against Germany in their opening fixture, before beating Hungary 2-1. They were later held to a goalless draw by England.
The Azzurri later succumbed to a 5-2 defeat against Germany in their fourth encounter. However, Roberto Mancini’s men ended the league phase on a high as they defeated the star-studded England side 1-0, and also registered a 2-0 victory over Hungary in their final league match to finish as table-toppers.
Spain vs Italy football head-to-head
Spain have a slight edge over Italy in their head-to-head record in International football. La Roja have won 13 of the 35 matches against Italy so far. The Italians have registered 10 victories, while 12 matches have ended in draws.
The last time these two sides met, Spain secured a 2-1 win over hosts Italy in the UEFA Nations League 2021 semi-final at San Siro in Milan.
Where to watch Spain vs Italy UEFA Nations League 2023 semi-final live in India?
The Spain vs Italy UEFA Nations League 2023 semi-final will be telecast LIVE on SONY TEN 2 and SONY TEN 2 HD TV channels in India.
LIVE streaming of the Spain vs Italy UEFA Nations League 2023 semi-final will be available on SonyLIV and JioTV.
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