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Italy vs Spain LIVE: Latest Nations League updates

Spain celebrate Ferran Torres’ goal

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Follow all the action as Italy host Spain in the semi-final of the Nations League.

Roberto Mancini’s European champions are unbeaten in 37 international matches as they set their eyes on further silverware and know to achieve that feat they will have to triumph over Spain once again. In an exhilarating semi-final at Wembley this summer, Gianluigi Donnarumma’s heroics in the penalty shootout ensured Italy of their place in the Euro 2020 final, where they would, of course, come from behind to defeat England and lift the trophy. Ahead of tonight’s match, Mancini said it was his side’s toughest test of the summer and warned that repeating the result would be far from simple. “They were the team we struggled against most during Euro 2020,” he said. “It would be amazing to win [the Nations League straight] after the European Championship and it would be amazing to qualify for the World Cup early, but it won’t be that easy.”

Spain suffered a surprising defeat against Switzerland in the World Cup qualifiers last month but have since recovered with victories over Georgia and Kosovo. Luis Enrique will be forced to make several changes to his preferred starting eleven, though, with Gerard Moreno, Alvaro Morata, Pedri, Dani Olmo and Jordi Alba all ruled out with injury. Follow all the latest updates below:

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GOAL! Italy 1 – 2 Spain (Pellegrini, 83’)⚽️

Michael Jones6 October 2021 21:31

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78 mins: SAVE! Spain should score here. The break is on down the right side with Pino driving the ball forward. He plays a perfect pass out to the far side of the box and finds Oyarzabal all alone. With just Donnarumma to beat the striker aims for the far bottom corner but the Italian goalkeeper dives across to deny with his a strong left hand.

Michael Jones6 October 2021 21:27

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Italy 0 – 2 Spain

75 mins: Bryan Gil and Mikel Merino get a run out for Spain replacing Koke and Pablo Sarabia. Davide Calabria is also on for Italy in place of Nicolo Barella.

Italy have less than 15 minutes to go to find a way back into this contest or else they are going out of the competition.

Michael Jones6 October 2021 21:25

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Italy 0 – 2 Spain

72 mins: Di Lorenzo floats a cross into the box and almost picks out Pellegrini who’s made a run through the lines. He can’t control the ball but it bounces out to Emerson on the left for another cross. His effort is blocked behind but the offside flag goes up against Pellegrini and Spain win a free kick.

Michael Jones6 October 2021 21:23

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69 mins: Locatelli slides into a tackle to dispossess Yeremy Pino deep in Spain’s half. He then clings on to the Spanish forward who kicks out trying to release his leg. The close Italian players see this and swarm the teenager who tries to defuse the situation but gets booked anyway. It’s becoming a very testy game now.

Michael Jones6 October 2021 21:21

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66 mins: Lorenzo Pellegrini replaces Jorginho in another change for Italy. This game is drifting away from them as Spain look increasingly likely to add to their tally.

Pablo Sarabia is shown a yellow card for a high foot on Giorgio Chiellini who rolls around in pained anguish until the card comes out.

Michael Jones6 October 2021 21:17

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Italy 0 – 2 Spain

63 mins: Close! A fantastic shimmy from Pino gets him past Emerson and allows him time to cross the ball from the byline. He picks out Oyarzabal close to the back post but his headed effort goes wide.

Michael Jones6 October 2021 21:12

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Italy 0 – 2 Spain

60 mins: Roberto Mancini makes a double change in an attempt to change Italy’s fortunes. Moise Kean and Manuel Locatelli come on to bolster the forward line with Lorenzo Insigne and Marco Verratti taken off.

Michael Jones6 October 2021 21:08

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Italy 0 – 2 Spain

57 mins: A rare Italian attack is thwarted with a Spanish counter as the clearance comes up to Oyarzabal. He chests it down to Koke who knocks the ball into the box. Oyarzabal collects the pass and lays it back for Koke who runs into a shot but has the effort blocked by Chiellini.

Michael Jones6 October 2021 21:07

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Italy 0 – 2 Spain

54 mins: Busquets feeds a pass through the lines and finds Koke making a run up the middle. He dinks the ball out to Pino on the right side and the teenager weaves his way into the box. He sends across a short pass but Chiesa gets there first and whacks it away.

Michael Jones6 October 2021 21:02

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