Past meet­ings

The Herald - Herald Sport - - EURO 2016 -

There were few chances and no goals in the first Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship en­counter be­tween the two coun­tries. In an eight-team tour­na­ment, both sides were elim­i­nated in a group also fea­tur­ing Eng­land and Bel­gium, with the lat­ter mak­ing their way through to the fi­nal only to lose to West Ger­many. Spain goal­keeper Iker Casil­las emerged as the na­tional hero, sav­ing two out of the four Ital­ian penal­ties, af­ter a tense match which Spain dic­tated but could not con­vert that dom­i­nance into goals. De­spite com­ing into the tour­na­ment as reign­ing world cham­pi­ons, Italy looked to have fallen a long way from their 2006 hero­ics in Ger­many while this shoot-out success helped Spain on their way to the first of three ma­jor tour­na­ment suc­cesses in a row.

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