Now a classic at the European Championships: seventh time overall, fourth consecutive considering the knockout phase
Italy-Spain is almost a classic of Europeans given that the two national teams have met a total of six times, and it is the fourth consecutive continental tournament that this challenge will take place in the knockout phase. The last time, Euro 2016, Chiellini and Pellè decided but at Euro 2008 (quarter-finals, on penalties) and 2012 (in the final) it was the Red Furies who won and then lifted the trophy. Here are all the statistics and curiosities signed Opta.
● Italy have only beaten Spain twice in their last 14 comparisons in all competitions (7N, 5P): a 2-1 friendly win in 2011 and the most recent 2-0 win in the round of 16 of Euro 2016 with goals from Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pellè.
● Italy and Spain have met nine times previously at the European or World Cup, with Italy winning on four occasions and Spain in one (4N). This challenge will make Italy-Spain the most played match between two European national teams in one of the major international tournaments (European and World Cup).
● This will be the seventh match in a European Championship between Italy and Spain. Furthermore, for the fourth consecutive European tournament the two national teams meet in the knockout phase, with Spain passing the round in 2008 and winning the final of Euro 2012, before Italy eliminated them in 2016.
● Italy reached its 12th final-four in a major international tournament (European and World Cup); only Germany (20) made it to the final-four several times among European teams. The Azzurri have gone through the round on nine of the previous 11 occasions, including each of the last four, the most recent at Euro 2012 when they then lost the final to Spain (0-4).
● Italy have won all five matches played at Euro 2020 and are the only team among the remaining four with 100% successes. Only in the World Cup (Italy ’90) did the Azzurri win more matches in a single major international tournament (six), while the only European national team to win each of the first six matches in one of the major international tournaments was the Netherlands in occasion of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, when they lost to Spain in the final.
● Spain have reached the semi-finals of a European Championship for the third time in the last four editions of the competition (only failing in 2016). Additionally, they have won the tournament on each of the last two occasions they have reached the final four (in 2008 and 2012).
● Having lost each of the first four matches played at Wembley between 1955 and 1968, Spain have lost only once in their last five matches at the London stadium (2W, 2N). Nonetheless, she was eliminated from Euro 1996 at Wembley, losing on penalties to hosts England.
● No team has benefited from more own goals than Spain in European history (three). Furthermore, all three own goals scored in favor of Spain have reached Euro 2020.
● Lorenzo Insigne actively participated in 13 goals in his 15 appearances for Italy in all competitions (six goals, seven assists), including the decisive goal in Italy’s 2-1 victory over Belgium in the quarter-finals .
● The Spanish duo of Dani Olmo (16) and Gerard Moreno (15) have had more shots than anyone else at Euro 2020 without finding the goal. Moreno’s 15 shots totaled an Expected Goals (xG) value of 3.3, only lower than the total recorded by Cristiano Ronaldo (4.9) and Alvaro Morata (4) with their conclusions.