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Confederations Cup Semi-Final Open Thread

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Spain take on Italy in a rematch of last summer's European Championship final.

Alex Livesey

Today Spain and Italy meet in the Confederations Cup Semifinal for the right to play Brazil. The two teams last played in the final of European Championships last summer. Spain won that matchup 4-0, handing Italy their worst loss in a major tournament ever. The Italians will likely be out for revenge today, but without Mario Balotelli, revenge seems unlikely.

As an aside, I watched that Spain Italy match from the Circo Maximo in Rome with about 1 million (though Gazetto dello Sport, estimate closer to 2 million) screaming Italians. It was without a doubt my favorite sporting experience ever. Even when Spain scored their fourth goal fans were still there singing, waving flags, and lighting flares. It was so awesome.

Anyways, back to today. Spain are in fine form and have been demolishing teams in this tournament so far. They've scored 15 goals (10 against Tahiti) and allowed only 1. Italy, meanwhile, have been leaky at best at the back. Conceding 8 goals in three matches thanks in large part to a dip in form from goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Italy needed late goals to beat both Mexico and Japan in the group stage of the tournament, so I wouldn't count on them putting up too much resistance to Spain today.

The match kicks off at 3:00 PM ET or 8:00 PM BST. In the US, the game can be seen on ESPN or streamed online via ESPN3. In the UK you can catch the match on BBC One.