MILAN (AP) — Spain’s cunning plan on how to beat Italy this time appears to have a flaw.
They meet in the Nations League semifinals on Wednesday, three months after another semifinal matchup at the European Championship.
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Moise Kean and Davide Calabria were called up to the Italy squad on Sunday for the Nations League semifinal match against Spain.
Kean, who plays for Juventus, replaces Ciro Immobile among the forwards while AC Milan defender Calabria comes in for Rafael Tolói.
MILAN (AP) — Italy coach Roberto Mancini recalled all the fit players from his European Championship-winning squad on Thursday for the Nations League semifinal against Spain next week.
Only four players are missing from the 26-man squad that beat England in the Euro 2020 final in July: Leonardo Spinazzola, Alessandro Florenzi, Gaetano Castrovilli and Andrea Belotti.
MILAN (AP) — Paulo Dybala left the field in tears shortly after scoring to set Juventus on the way to a 3-2 victory over Sampdoria in Serie A on Sunday.
Dybala has endured a number of muscular injuries over the years and it appeared as if he had suffered another one after pulling up suddenly.
ROME (AP) — Five matches. Five wins.
Victor Osimhen scored twice, Hirving Lozano helped set up three goals and Napoli impressed in a 4-0 win at Sampdoria on Thursday to extend its perfect start to Serie A.
ROME (AP) — Juventus slumped to a 1-0 loss at home to promoted Empoli in its first match without Cristiano Ronaldo on Saturday.
Leonardo Mancuso’s first-half goal was enough for the visitors to claim a shock victory and leave Juventus waiting for its first Italian league win of the season after two games.
ROME (AP) — Italy coach Roberto Mancini recalled all the fit players from his European Championship-winning squad on Friday while Nicolò Zaniolo returned from a lengthy injury layoff.
Mancini named 34 players in his squad for World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria, Switzerland and Lithuania, with the injured Leonardo Spinazzola the only absentee from the 26-player squad that beat England in the Euro 2020 final in July.
MILAN (AP) — New Inter Milan signing Hakan Çalhanoğlu scored one goal and set up another as the Nerazzurri got their Serie A title defense off to a winning start with a 4-0 victory at home to Genoa on Saturday.
LONDON (AP) — They are opponents who have long struck fear into the heart of Spanish soccer.
The Italians: tough, defensively strong, cynical. Winners by whatever means possible — or so it was widely perceived in Spain anyway.
LONDON (AP) — Luis Enrique thought for a couple of seconds, looked straight back at the questioner, and gave the curtest of replies.
“No,” said the Spain coach, with the blankest of looks on his face, after being asked if he had seen a better team than his at the European Championship.
LONDON (AP) — Italy and Spain are going to meet at the European Championship for the fourth tournament in a row, and this time a place in the final will be on the line.
The match is scheduled for Tuesday at Wembley Stadium in London.
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Croatia says forward Ivan Perišić has tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss the team’s game against Spain in the round of 16 of the European Championship.
ROME (AP) — Why stop now?
That’s Italy’s approach for its final group match at the European Championship against Wales.
The Azzurri have already advanced to the round of 16 but they are playing with so much spirit and audacity that it’s gotten to the point where it’s become infectious.
ROME (AP) — The wingers sprint forward like Ferraris. The midfielders are just as capable at scoring as the forwards. And the reserves look like starters.
A new-look Italy is impressing with its offensive flair at the European Championship.
ROME (AP) — Manuel Locatelli scored two goals and Italy beat Switzerland 3-0 Wednesday to become the first team to advance to the last 16 of the European Championship.
Locatelli’s first goal came following a textbook exchange with Sassuolo teammate Domenico Berardi midway through the first half in Rome.
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Manuel Locatelli scored two goals and Italy beat Switzerland 3-0 to advance to the last 16 of the European Championship with a game to spare.
ROME (AP) — A 74-year-old chain-smoking Czech coach might have made just as much of an impact on this Italy squad as Roberto Mancini has.
Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne and Marco Verratti each had breakout seasons under Zdeněk Zeman in Serie B nearly a decade ago at Pescara, where they learned an attacking philosophy that they're currently employing at the European Championship.
ROME (AP) — For months, Italy’s players have been repeating the same mantra: “Our strength is in the group. We don’t have a single standout player.”
The Azzurri do have a standout coach, though, and Roberto Mancini’s impact in turning around a team that failed to qualify for the last World Cup into a European Championship contender is worthy of praise.
ROME (AP) — Italy waited a long time for this European Championship to start and then showed Friday just how eager the team was to play the tournament opener.
After humiliatingly failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Italy was already back on track with a perfect qualifying campaign of 10 wins in 10 matches.
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A flurry of second-half goals gave Italy a 3-0 win over Turkey in the opening match of the European Championship.
ROME (AP) — A first-round exit from the 2010 World Cup. A lopsided loss to Spain in the 2012 European Championship final. The victim of Luis Suárez’s bite at the 2014 World Cup, which ended in another first-round elimination.
ROME (AP) — Somehow it seems appropriate that Italy, the first country in Europe that was overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic, is hosting the opening game of the European Championship.
It has been something of a roller-coaster couple of weeks for Sassuolo striker Giacomo Raspadori.
From the joy of getting his first call-up by Italy to the disappointment of the junior Azzurri side losing on penalties in the Under-21 European Championship quarterfinals, to getting included in Roberto Mancini’s squad for Euro 2020 and ultimately making his senior debut on Friday — in a 4-0 victory over the Czech Republic.
MADRID (AP) — Watched by almost 15,000 fans, Spain and Portugal drew 0-0 in Madrid in a warm-up match for the European Championship which attracted the biggest crowd Friday for any event in Spain since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
LONDON (AP) — GROUP A
Goalkeepers: Altay Bayındır (Fenerbahçe), Mert Günok (İstanbul Başakşehir), Uğurcan Çakır (Trabzonspor)
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Italy coach Roberto Mancini included uncapped Sassuolo forward Giacomo Raspadori in his 26-man squad for the upcoming European Championship on Tuesday.
The 21-year-old Raspadori had been omitted from the provisional 28-man squad that Mancini named over the weekend but was brought back after Italy crashed out of the Under-21 European Championship.
ROME (AP) — In three years, Italy has gone from failing to qualify for the World Cup to a perfect qualifying campaign for the European Championship.
It’s a transformation that came sooner than expected under coach Roberto Mancini, who has found the right mix of younger players and veterans to create optimism around a team that had lost all of its confidence.
ROME (AP) — Italy coach Roberto Mancini cut Paris Saint-Germain forward Moise Kean and six other players from his provisional squad for the upcoming European Championship.
Mancini named a 28-man squad on Sunday and a further two players will have to be removed ahead of the announcement of the final 26-man list by the deadline of midnight on Tuesday.
CAGLIARI, Sardinia (AP) — Federico Bernardeschi scored one goal and set up two more in Italy’s 7-0 win over San Marino in a European Championship warmup on Friday.
Italy coach Roberto Mancini used mostly reserves before he decides on his 26-man list for Euro 2020 over the weekend.
ROME (AP) — Torino ensured it will remain in Serie A next season after playing Lazio to a 0-0 draw that also confirmed Benevento's relegation on Tuesday.
Lazio top scorer Ciro Immobile hit the post in an 84th-minute penalty and Manuel Lazzari's header late in injury time also hit the woodwork.
ROME (AP) — Sassuolo’s 21-year-old forward Giacomo Raspadori received his first call-up to Italy’s national team Monday when coach Roberto Mancini named a 33-man squad for the Azzurri’s first European Championship warmup game.
MILAN (AP) — Ante Rebić netted a 12-minute hat trick in the second half to help AC Milan rout Torino 7-0 in Serie A on Wednesday and strengthen its chances to qualify for the Champions League.
Theo Hernández also scored twice as Milan remained level on points with second-place Atalanta, which beat Benevento 2-0...
MILAN (AP) — Most of the Italy team received its first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday in preparation for the European Championship, risking a public backlash...
MILAN (AP) — Joaquín Correa scored twice as Lazio beat AC Milan 3-0 in Serie A on Monday to boost its chances of qualifying for the Champions League...
ROME (AP) — Ten-man Atalanta wasted a chance to move into second place in Serie A with a 1-1 draw at Europa League semifinalist Roma on Thursday.
Still, Atalanta extended its unbeaten streak to six matches.
ROME (AP) — Forget about extending its record run of nine straight Serie A titles.
At this rate, Juventus may not even qualify for the Champions League...
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BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA vs. ITALY
Italy controls its own destiny in Sarajevo, where a victory will assure that the Azzurri not only win their Nations League group and advance to the Final Four but also host the tournament in October.