KIEV, Ukraine (Sporting Alert) — Cesc Fabregas starts but there was no place for Fernando Torres in the starting line-up for Spain in their Euro 2012 final against Italy tonight.
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The key figure in the midfield is Andrea Pirlo and should he get going, Italy will certainly have a chance of dethroning the champions tonight.
The goal for the Italian is knock their opponents out of their rhythm, with coach Cesare Prandelli expecting another tough time in possessing the ball.
“Spain’s strength is not only possession, but also the way they win it back,” Prandelli said. “We’ve got to pick our moments.”
Italy v Spain Starting Teams
Spain: Casillas, Piqué, Ramos, Arbeloa, Alba, Iniesta, Fàbregas, Alonso, Busquets, Silva Subs: Valdés, Reina, Albiol, Martínez, Juanfran, Cazorla, Navas, Rodríguez, Torres, Negredo, Mata, Llorente.
Italy: Buffon, Chiellini, Abate, Barzagli, Bonucci, Marchisio, De Rossi, Montolivo, Pirlo, Balotelli, Cassano
Subs: Sirigu, De Sanctis, Maggio, Ogbonna, Balzaretti, Motta, Giaccherini, Diamanti, Nocerino, Di Natale, Borini, Giovinco.