Author: David Archer
Published: 15:21 25/06/2013
Italy will play against favourites Spain in the semi-final of the 9th Confederations Cup on Thursday 27 June. Watch a free live Conferations Cup football stream of Spain v Italy this Thursday.
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Italy’s chances of winning the semi-final have been diminished due to the recent spate of injuries to beset the team. Manager Cesare Prandelli’s room for manoeuvre is limited with the retirement of right back Ignazio Abate due to a dislocated shoulder, with the head injury on Riccardo Montolivo and, most notably, the thigh injury of striker Mario Balotelli. The 22-year-old had scored in the Group A games against Mexico and Japan, and played during the 4-2 defeat to Brazil but team doctor Enrico Catellacci says “The player cannot recover between now and the final on Sunday. We prefer not to take any risks”.
Prandelli acknowledges the impact of Balotelli’s absence, saying “Without Mario, we need to work even more at a collective level”, and the rest of the team will need to be in top form to stand a chance of beating an in-form Spain, to whom Italy lost last year’s Euro 2012 final 4-0. Bookmaker BetVictor has odds of 2/5 that Spain will win the semi-final, with Italy a long-shot at 8/1 to win.
Take a look at our live streaming sports schedule to find more free live football streams. Following on from the Brazil v Uruguay semi-final tomorrow, Spain v Italy is scheduled for Thursday, 27 June and the winning team will proceed to the final which will take place on Sunday 30 June in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. All three games, and the game to decide third place, are available to stream live via Bet365.
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