Italy faces Spain on Monday in one of most anticipated matches of the UEFA Euro 2016, a rematch ?between the 2012 finalists at the Stade de France, Saint-Denis. This match will decide who will advance to the quarterfinals to play Germany. Spain came through Group D as runners-up after a final-round defeat to Croatia, while Italy topped Group E at the expense of Belgium.
Italy vs. Spain Euro 2016 Round of 16 kicks off at 5 p.m. BST and live TV coverage of the game in the UK is available on BBC One and BBC One HD. Radio commentary is available on BBC Radio 5 live. In the United States, ESPN and ESPN Deportes will cover the game in English and Spanish, respectively.
Live streaming will be available through BBC iPlayer in the UK while viewers in the United States can watch the action via WatchESPN (require network subscription). You can also head to SofaScore for free streaming, although it requires registration.
Live TV coverage in India is available on Sony Six and Sony ESPN, with mobile and online coverage available on SonyLiv. Kickoff is at 9:30 p.m. IST (Monday).
With Spain as the reigning champions having denied Italy the Euro 2012 title, the pressure will be on Vicente del Bosque?s team to defeat a very well-organized Italy side coached by Antonio Conte. Still, Spain is seen as the favourites to get past Italy despite their defeat to Croatia, but they?ll likely need to break down a solid defence sure to be exhibited by the Italian side.
Fortunately, as Bleacher Report hints, they have a striker in form who could help the Spanish secure a win. Alvaro Morata has scored three goals in the competition so far, including a brace against Turkey, and he could break their defence to score first against the Italians. Even the Azzurri goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon recognises just how dangerous Morata is via Italy?s official Twitter account.
The Italians, on the other hand, come into Monday?s clash off the back of a defeat at the hands of the Republic of Ireland and have scored just three goals in the tournament. But they are known to be notoriously stubborn against bigger sides and will look to frustrate Spain. And, they may snatch a winner on the break.
?It’s difficult to score and it’s difficult to create opportunities against them,? Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara said. ?It’s a team that is well set up. They score few goals but also concede few goals. It will be a tough game. It’s always complicated to play against Italy.?
Overall, the game will be pretty much interesting to watch with the Spanish side?s acclaimed passing game against the famous hard to break defence of the Italians.
Italy: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Florenzi, Parolo, De Rossi, Giaccherini, Darmian, Pell?, ?der.
Spain: De Gea; Juanfran, Piqu?, Ramos, Alba, Busquets, F?bregas, Silva, Iniesta, Nolito, Morata.
Here?s all you need to know:
Who: Italy vs. Spain
What: Euro 2016 Round of 16
When: Monday, June 27, 2016
Where: Stade de France, Saint-Denis, Paris
Kickoff: 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT
TV: Live on BBC One (U.K.) ESPN2, ESPN Deportes (U.S.)