EURO 2012 LIVE: Spain 2, Italy 0

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2212: It’s a yellow for Pique for a crude challenge on Cassano.

2210: Giorgio Chiellini is coming off for Italy. Looks as though it’s a hamstring injury. Balzaretti comes on. That’s going to seriously affect Italy. Chiellini is Pirlo’s favorite target as an attacking wing back. Not so sure how ambitious Balzaretti will be.

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2205: Italy straight onto the attack after Spain’s opening goal. A Pirlo corner is flicked on but Sergio Ramos gets a head to it to clear for a second corner, which is punched clear by Casillas. The game is opening up nicely.

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2203: It’s a lovely flowing move from Spain after they’d threatened for a few minutes. Iniesta releases Fabregas with an inch-perfect pass down the right. Fabregas, squeezed by a defender, still manages a perfect pass back to Silva, who heads in from 10 yards into the roof of the net. Fourteen minutes gone here. Let’s hope the Spanish continue this attacking display.

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2200: GOAL! Spain 1, Italy 0 (Silva.)

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phillipsian (via Twitter): Euro 2012 role reversal. The Spanish are attacking, the Italians packing men behind the ball. Has some of that criticism of Spain hit home?

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2157: Lovely passing by Spain to find space. The ball comes to Xavi on the edge of the box who blasts just over the bar. Spain showing some real attacking intent tonight.

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2152: Ramos has his eye on Balotelli here _ and an arm. A cross comes over and the Spanish defender annoys Balotelli during a physical aerial challenge. A good open start to the final, with both teams attacking. If they play without the handbrake on, this could be a great game.

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