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Euro 2012 Final: 10 Reasons Spain vs. Italy Could Be a Classic

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Euro 2012 Final: 10 Reasons Spain vs. Italy Could Be a Classic
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The last time Spain played Italy in the European Championships, it was what everyone dreads on Sunday—a sour goalless draw. Spain prevailed after extra time, 4-2, on penalties.

So why should it be any different this time around?

First, there are likely to be only four Italian and six Spanish survivors at most from that previous match.

Second, this is the Final.

Surely, Spain could not produce another boring match like the one against France? They have come in for growing criticism from those who may have noticed ""the Emperor's new clothes." Is it possible that our fascination with Spain's eight midfielders and tiki taka football is coming to an end?

What people want above all from tournament matches is an end product. Let's hope we get it big time on Sunday.

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