(KYIV, UKRAINE) – Exactly three weeks after they opened their UEFA EURO 2012 finals campaigns with a 1-1 draw in Gdansk, Spain and Italy meet again in Kyiv for the right to be crowned European champions. The matchday one draw means Spain have not won a competitive game against Italy since their very first meeting – though they did edge them out on penalties in the quarter-finals four years ago en route to lifting the trophy for the second time. Vicente del Bosque’s side could now become the first team to successfully defend the UEFA European Championship. Italy are in the final for the first time in 12 years as they look to claim a second European crown and their first in 44 years.
- Spain’s record in 30 games against Italy is W8 D12 L10, but seven of those victories have come in friendly games.
- In the teams’ 11 competitive fixtures, Spain’s record is W1 D5 L5, including a UEFA EURO 2008 quarter-final that Spain won on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes but which is classified as a draw. The sole outright Spanish victory, a 2-0 win, came in the sides’ first meeting at the 1920 Olympic Games.
- In FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship finals matches, Spain’s record against Italy reads W0 D4 L3 – three of those draws and a loss coming in the continental competition.
- Italy inflicted the joint heaviest defeat in Spain’s history during the 1928 Olympics, beating them 7-1 in an Amsterdam replay following a 1-1 quarter-final draw. A 7-1 friendly loss against England on 9 December 1931 matched that margin.
- The sides first met at a UEFA European Championship in 1980, playing out a 0-0 draw. Current La Roja coach Vicente del Bosque, capped 18 times, ended his Spain career at the tournament but did not play against Italy.
- At the 1988 finals, Italy beat Spain 1-0 in the second Group 1 game in Frankfurt thanks to Gianluca Vialli’s 73rd-minute goal.
- Italy’s most recent competitive victory against Spain came in the 1994 World Cup quarter-finals in Boston, Roberto Baggio’s 88th-minute effort securing a 2-1 victory.