Only four sides remain in the quest for European Championships glory.
🔑 Italy vs Spain
Roberto Mancini had midfield duo Nicolò Barella and Lorenzo Insigne to thank for two moments of supreme quality that helped Italy to an impressive win over Belgium in the quarterfinals.
Three-time European Championship winners Spain, who survived another almighty scare to see off 10-man Switzerland in a dramatic penalty shootout, will need to be wearing their shooting boots to trouble a robust Italian side on Wednesday night.
- A regulation-time goalless stalemate against Austria in the round of 16 extended Italy’s unbeaten run to a new national team record of 31 games – and that number became 32 after their triumph over Belgium.
- Italy has shipped just two goals across their last 13 outings (W12 D1 L0).
- Impressive left-back Leonardo Spinazzola was stretchered off against Belgium and will play no further part at Euro 2020 for the Azzurri.
- Spain midfielder Pedri was withdrawn in the 119th minute against Switzerland; the 18-year-old had played every single minute of the tournament until that point.
- Italy has averaged 20.2 shots per game at Euro 2020, while Spain’s equivalent number is 19.
- Although Spain managed just one goal against Switzerland, they did force Yann Sommer into 10 saves, the most made by any ‘keeper in a match at this tournament.
- Lorenzo Insigne has scored three goals in his last five internationals – two of those arriving after the 65th minute of matches.
- In his last 15 appearances for the Azzurri, Napoli star Insigne has six goals & seven assists.
- PSG playmaker Marco Verratti has created 12 chances for his Italy teammates at Euro 2020; only Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne (13) has fashioned more.
- Álvaro Morata has two goals at Euro 2020 so far (one in extra time); he also netted in a 3-0 win in the last meeting between these sides.
- Euro 2020 has averaged 2.81 goals per game.
🔮 Likely XIs
🇮🇹 Italy (4-3-3):
Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne
🇪🇸 Spain (4-3-3):
Simón; Azpilicueta, Laporte, Torres, Alba; Koke, Busquets, Pedri; Torres, Morata, Olmo
🔑 England vs Denmark
Twenty-five years after England’s last European Championship semifinal, that they lost to Germany on penalties at Wembley, the Three Lions are back at the “home of football” looking to claim a place in Sunday’s showpiece final. Free-scoring surprise package Denmark will need to be at their best to do something no other side has done at the Euros this year — put the ball in the back of England’s net.
- You have to go back to World Cup 2002 to find the last meeting between these two sides at a major tournament, England winning 3-0 thanks to goals from Rio Ferdinand, Michael Owen and Emile Heskey.
- However, it was the Danes who prevailed in the last competitive match when they beat the Three Lions 1-0 at Wembley, in a UEFA Nations League clash just 10 months ago.
- England skipper Harry Kane is now one goal behind Gary Lineker’s mark of 10 strikes at major tournaments for England.
- OGC Nice striker Kasper Dolberg has three Euro 2020 goals for Denmark, all of which were scored during the knockout stage between the 25th and 50th minutes of play.
- Denmark hasn’t been trailing at the halftime break in any of its last 17 matches.
🔮 Likely XIs
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 England (4-2-3-1):
Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Phillips; Saka, Mount, Sterling; Kane
🇩🇰 Denmark (3-4-2-1):
Schmeichel; Christensen,Kjær, Vestergaard; Stryger Larsen, Delaney, Højbjerg, Mæhle; Damsgaard, Braithwaite; Dolberg
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