Football News Update: Spain and Italy Aim for Euro 2024 Knockout Stage

In a classic encounter, Spain and Italy will be targeting a place in the Euro 2024 knockout stage when they meet on Thursday, June 20. Both teams got off to a winning start in their competition openers, with Gli Azurri surviving an early scare to beat Albania 2-1, while La Roja recorded an impressive 3-0 victory over Croatia.

The Group B showdown will take place at the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, with kick-off set for 8pm UK time. talkSPORT will have full coverage of the match, with commentary provided by Alex Crook and former Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew.

Spain’s Sensational Youngster and Italy’s Winning Goal

Spain’s 16-year-old sensation Lamine Yamal was the star of the show in their opening match, scoring a brace in the first half to lead his team to an emphatic win. Meanwhile, Italy’s Nicolo Barella scored the winning goal against Albania after they had taken an early lead.

Both Teams Aiming for Knockout Stage

Both teams will be keen to secure another victory, which would be enough for them to advance through to the round of 16 with a game to spare. Spain were knocked out of Euro 2020 by Italy in the semi-finals, who went on to win the tournament, and both sides will be eager to boost their hopes of glory this time around.

“We need to be meaner and hurt the opposition more,” said Italy manager Luciano Spalletti.

Meanwhile, Spain boss Luis de la Fuente has called for calm, despite being delighted with his team’s impressive start to the tournament.

The clash between Spain and Italy promises to be a thrilling encounter as both teams aim to maintain their perfect start and secure a spot in the Euro 2024 knockout stage.

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