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1630: Will Spain throw off the shackles and attack more tonight? They beat Portugal on penalties in the semifinals after a 0-0 draw. Their 2-0 victory over France in the quarterfinals included a penalty and a 1-0 win over Croatia in the final group match needed an 88th minute winner from Jesus Navas. That’s just two goals from open play in 300 minutes of football. The coach has mostly opted for starting lineups without a recognized striker, hoping one of the midfielders will ghost into attacking positions and score. That’s risky _ especially gainst Italy which over the years has traditionally been a hard team to break down.


1615: Among tonight’s guests could be Belarus’ authoritarian president Aleksander Lukashenko. EU leaders are boycotting Sunday’s match over the jailing of former Ukraine premier Yulia Tymoshenko.


1600: So far, 72 goals have been scored and here are AP’s John Leicester top five contenders. Still time, though, for another entry or two tonight. Want your say? Contact us via Twitter:

DANNY WELBECK vs. Sweden: Brilliant for its cunning and exquisite timing.

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC vs. France: An acrobatic kick Bruce Lee would have been proud of.

DAVID SILVA vs. Ireland: He passed it into the back of the net _ past one defender, through the legs of two others, and beyond ‘keeper Shay Given.

ANDREA PIRLO vs. England: The height of cool, chipping a penalty over the ‘keeper _ Panenka-style.

DI NATALE vs. Spain: Not the prettiest of goals, but worth a mention because of the rarity of anyone scoring past Iker Casillas.