EURO 2012 LIVE: Spain vs. Italy

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WARSAW, POLAND (AP) - World champion Spain begins the defense of its European Championship title with a match against Italy in Group C in Gdansk.

Here is a running account of Sunday’s action. All times are local to Poland.

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2002: (at)mattekaren: And that, Fernando, is why you’ll be on the bench in the next game too. (via Twitter)

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1956: Both teams had chances to win it in injury time. First, Marchisio shoots at Casillas, then Xabi Alonso drives an effort wide from the edge of the area. Spain, which had 18 attempts on goal, will be left wondering what could have been had record goalscorer David Villa been fit.

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1949: FULL TIME: Spain 1, Italy 1.

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1946: We’re into injury time. There’s three minutes of stoppage time.

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1942: Great chance for Torres! He plays a one-two with Xavi and is running in on goal. Buffon is quickly off his line and Torres takes a touch to steady himself before lifting the ball over Buffon … and over the bar. He would have scored that for fun a couple of years ago. In his last appearance at a European Championship, he scored the winning goal in a 1-0 win over Germany in Vienna. How things have changed for the 50 million pounds ($81 million) Chelsea striker.

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1939: It’s a tense atmosphere in Gdansk _ and this is only the first group match, remember! Italy vs. Croatia coming up in Group C soon. Torres is booked for elbowing De Rossi, who has done a fine job at center back with a blur of nimble players flitting around in front of him.

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