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Spain Edge Italy 1-0 in Euro 2024 Group Stage Encounter

In a thrilling display of dominance, Spain clinched a crucial 1-0 victory over Italy in their second group stage match of Euro 2024. The match, held at a Veltins Arena stadium in Gelsenkirchen, showcased Spain's prowess on both ends of the pitch, despite their missed opportunities.

Managed by De la Fuente, Spain asserted their authority early on, creating numerous chances with an impressive 1.9 expected goals compared to Italy's minimal 0.17. The breakthrough finally came in the second half when a cross from Williams forced Calafiori into an unfortunate own goal, putting Spain ahead.

Before the own goal, Spain's Pedri and Williams had threatened Italy's defense with headed attempts, setting the tone for an intense battle. Despite their early dominance, Spain couldn't convert these chances into a clear lead before halftime.

After the break, Spain continued to dictate the pace of the game, with Williams hitting the crossbar and Perez missing a late opportunity to extend their lead. Despite their efforts, they were unable to capitalize on their superiority and secure a more comfortable margin.

Italy, managed by Spalletti, struggled to gain momentum throughout the match, failing to create significant scoring opportunities. The Italian side will be disappointed with their performance and will need to regroup ahead of their upcoming clash against Croatia.

Looking ahead, Spain now prepares for their final group stage encounter against Albania, aiming to secure their spot in the knockout stages with another commanding performance. Meanwhile, Italy faces a crucial test against Croatia, where they'll seek redemption and a chance to advance in the tournament.

With this victory, Spain reaffirms their status as contenders in Euro 2024, showcasing a blend of skillful attacking play and resolute defense that will undoubtedly make them a team to watch as the tournament progresses.

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