Spain and Italy take on each other at the final of Euro 2012 on Sunday (today )at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev.
Euro 2012: Final
- Venue: Olympic Stadium, Kiev
- Date: Sunday, 1 July
- Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Euro 2012 Football tournament reaches its climax, today at Kiev, when defending champions Spain will bid to hold off an Italy side who have steadily eased into form in trademark fashion.
Having beaten strongly fancied Germany 2-1 in Thursday’s second semi-final in Warsaw, 1968 title-winners Italy will contest a Euro final for the first time since their extra-time loss to France in 2000.
Reigning world and European champions Spain are seeking to become the first team in history to win three consecutive major titles. The defending champions scraped into the final via a penalty shoot-out win over Portugal after they were held to a 0-0 draw after extra-time.
Spain and Italy drew 1-1 in their opening Group C games after Cesc Fabregas cancelled out Antonio di Natale’s opener.
- Italy and Spain are facing each other for the 31st time in their history. The Azzurri have 10 wins and Spain have eight, while there have been 12 draws.
- The Azzurri are unbeaten against Spain at major tournaments (penalty shoot-outs excluded), with three wins and four draws. Nevertheless, Spain advanced in their last knockout encounter in the quarter-finals of Euro 2008 (0-0 after 120 mins, 4-2 after penalties).
- Cesare Prandelli has faced Spain twice as Italy head coach and has yet to lose. Italy beat them in a friendly in August 2011 (2-1) before drawing in their opening game at Euro 2012 (1-1).
- Spain have faced only 12 shots on target at Euro 2012. Half of those were against Italy in their opening game (6).
- Italy and Spain have had the most shots at Euro 2012 – 99 and 86 respectively.