Spain vs Italy, Confederations Cup Semi-Final: Open Thread

Spain plays Italy today in the second semi-final of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. The winner will face Brazil in the final on Sunday, while the losing team will play against Uruguay in the third-place match scheduled earlier on Sunday.

Between Spain and Italy, the pressure is on Spain to win the semi-final. The Spanish side are favorites to win, have no injury worries and are flying through this tournament.

MORESpain vs Italy Confederations Cup semi-final preview.

For viewers in the United States, the broadcast begins at 2:30pm ET on ESPN and WatchESPN.

Interesting facts, (thanks to FIFA):

 – The previous meeting was the UEFA EURO 2012 final (Spain 4-0 Italy), with David Silva, Jordi Alba, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata scoring – all of whom are at the Confeds

– Spain’s only win over Italy in a senior FIFA tournament was a 2-0 win in the 1920 Olympics

– This is the second all-European derby in Confeds history. The first was a 2003 semi-final (France 3-2 Turkey)

– With this game, Vicente Del Bosque will become the most experienced coach in Confeds history (nine games)

– The overall record has Italy ahead with ten wins to Spain’s nine

Before, during and after today’s match, join the conversation with fellow soccer fans in the comments section below.

11 thoughts on “Spain vs Italy, Confederations Cup Semi-Final: Open Thread”

  1. Hey, ESPN amateurs, where was the pre-game, anthems, etc?

    What does the arrest of a throw-ball playing thug have to do with sports?

  2. Both teams are canceling each other out.

    It’s one of those games where they’re both equals, and it’ll take one mistake to let the other team win.

    Concentration is vital.

    The Gaffer

  3. Spain dominated Italia in overtime…wow, should have scored at least 3-4 goals…regardless of the outcome of the penalties, Spain is still the team to beat next summer…class above everyone else in the world, 6 years and counting…

  4. Congratulations to Spain on winning on penalty kicks. Today was a lesson in how to take penalty kicks (both Italy and Spain). They didn’t look nervous at all until Bonucci stepped up.

    The Gaffer

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