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Sky Sports looks at the previous competitive meetings between Euro 2012 finalists Spain and Italy

Last Updated: 30/06/12 2:53pm

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Spain only got the better of Italy after a penalty shoot-out on their way to winning Euro 2008

Spain only got the better of Italy after a penalty shoot-out on their way to winning Euro 2008

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Spain take on Italy in Sunday's European Championship final having never beaten them in their seven competitive meetings over 90 minutes. Their only victory was on penalties in the Euro 2008 quarter-finals. Here, Sky Sports looks at their previous clashes in major tournaments.

ITALY 1 SPAIN 1 - ITALY 1 SPAIN 0 (1934 World Cup quarter-finals)

Spain and Italy's first big clash brought the World Cup's first ever replay. The sides could not be separated after extra time in Florence, drawing 1-1 after Giovanni Ferrari cancelled out Luis Regueiro's goal. They met again 24 hours later, with host nation Italy coming out on top thanks to the legendary Giuseppe Meazza before going on to win their first title.

SPAIN 0 ITALY 0 (Euro 1980 group stage)

It was 46 years before the sides' next competitive meeting and, again, Italy were hosts. Spain had the better of what was a goalless draw that did neither side much good. Italy failed to reach the final, losing a third-placed play-off, while Spain lost their other two group games.

ITALY 1 SPAIN 0 (Euro 1988 group stage)

Italy and Spain were drawn in the same group again eight years later, with the former snatching what proved a decisive victory thanks to Gianluca Vialli's second-half winner. The Italians again reached the last four, only to lose to the Soviet Union, while Spain did not get out of the group.

ITALY 2 SPAIN 1 (1994 World Cup quarter-finals)

Sixty years after their only previous World Cup clash, the sides squared off in Boston for a place in the semi-finals. The game looked destined for extra time after Dino Baggio scored for Italy and Jose Luis Caminero equalised. But Roberto Baggio grabbed an 88th minute winner.

SPAIN 0 ITALY 0 - SPAIN WIN 4-2 ON PENALTIES (Euro 2008 quarter-finals)

The closest Spain have come to losing a knockout tie in the past four years, but also their first competitive victory against Italy to keep them on course for the Euro 2008 title. Marcos Senna went closest in normal time when Gianluigi Buffon fumbled his shot against the post before Iker Casillas saved from Daniele De Rossi and Antonio Di Natale in the penalty shoot-out.

SPAIN 1 ITALY 1 (Euro 2012 group stage)

The sides squared off in their Group B opener in Gdansk, with Italy getting their tactics spot on and surprisingly even outplaying Spain at times. Di Natale came off the bench to put the Azzurri ahead from Andrea Pirlo's perfect pass on the hour mark but Cesc Fabregas equalised four minutes later.

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