HDQ!Spain vs Italy Live Stream Soccer International Friendly Online
HDQ!Spain vs Italy Live Soccer International Friendly 2014
Mar. 5, 2014
The two most recent World Cup champions will square off in an international friendly showdown on Wednesday in Madrid as Spain and Italy each look to pick up a win and momentum ahead of June's 2014 World Cup.
The matchup will pit the two European rivals against one another for the first time since last summer's thrilling FIFA Confederations Cup semifinal, which Spain won in a dramatic penalty shootout.
But despite Spain's success in Brazil last June, both sides will be looking to make a statement on Wednesday.
La Roja fell to South Africa in a friendly their last time out in late 2013, but will be re-energized taking on a fellow powerhouse inside the Spanish capital. Not to mention Spain manager Vicente del Bosque will likely be far less hesitant to play his stars.
On the other hand, Cesare Prandelli's Azzurri are coming off back-to-back friendly draws against Nigeria and Germany since qualifying for Brazil. However, the 2006 World Cup champions will be short-handed as they prepare to head into enemy territory without Mario Balotelli and Daniele De Rossi.
Here we'll get you set with everything you need to know ahead of kickoff.
Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Start Time: 4 p.m. ET, 9 p.m. GMT
Where: Vicente Calderon Stadium, Madrid, Spain
TV: ESPN2 (U.S.), Sky Sports 1 (U.K.)
Considering that Italy will be on the road and without two key players, it's likely that Spain will come away with a comfortable victory on Wednesday.
Although the reigning World Cup and European champions will be looking to tinker with various lineups and positions in the lead-up to June's World Cup, Spain boasts an elite midfield unit that's sure to pick apart Italy and create chances over the course of 90 minutes.
Plus, with the crowd urging them on, you can anticipate an inspired brand of football from La Roja.
Expect a competitive game between these two World Cup contenders on Wednesday, but also watch for Spain to come away with the win on their home soil.
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