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Spain will face Italy in the semifinals of the Nations League

The Spanish selection will play against Italy in the semifinals of the Nations League, according to the draw for the final phase made this Wednesday at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon (Switzerland), where The Netherlands and Croatia were paired for the other semifinal.

The Netherlands, which will host the tournament, was considered the local team for semifinal 1, which will be held on June 14 in Rotterdam (20:45), and the second between Spain and Italy in Enschede (20.45) will be played on the 15th.

The match for third place will be played on the 18th in the latter city (3:00 p.m.) and that same day, at 8:45 p.m., will be the final in Rotterdam.

reunion with Italy

On October 6, 2021, with the San Siro stadium in Milan as the stage, the Spanish team managed to qualify for the final after beating Italy 2-1 with a brace from Ferran Torres (m.17 and 47+).

Luis Enrique Martínez, already a former national coach, lined up that day Unai Simon, Azpilicueta, Paorte, Pau Torres, Marcos Alonso, Koke (Mikel Merino, m.75), Sergio Busquets, Gavi (Sergi Roberto, m.84), Sarabia ( Bryan Gil, m.75), Ferran Torres (Yeremy Pino, m.49) and Oyarzabal.

Gavi and Yeremi Pino made their debut that night as absolute internationals.

It will be the fortieth meeting between the two teams. Spain has won twelve and lost eleven. The other 16 ended in a draw. The first was on May 31, 1934 in a World Cup match, which ended with a draw at one, and the last was in the League of Nations.

La Roja has not lost to the Azzurra since the Euro 2016 round of 16 clash in Saint Denis (2-0). Since then they have won two and tied the other two.

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