Italy beat Spain in the Euro 2020 semi-finals this summer but Luis Enrique’s side got revenge with a 2-1 victory in Milan to reach the Nations League final, with goals from Ferran Torres either side of Leonardo Bonucci’s first-half red card; Lorenzo Pellegrini scored a late consolation.

The Azzurri had not tasted defeat in their previous 37 games but Roberto Mancini’s side were in disarray during that opening half, with Gianluigi Donnarumma, booed by the AC Milan fans inside the San Siro following his summer switch to Paris St-Germain, spilling a shot onto his post before Lorenzo Insigne wasted a golden chance to make it 1-1.

Italy sent on determined veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini at half-time and set up a grandstand finish when Lorenzo Pellegrini scored with seven minutes to play but Spain, with 17-year-old Gavi impressing as their youngest debutant and 18-year-old Yeremi Pino catching the eye, looked a formidable force ahead of their Sunday showdown at the same venue with either Belgium or France.

Those two teams meet in the second semi-final on Thursday, live on Sky Sports, with Italy due to play the loser in a third-place play-off in Turin on Sunday.


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