When and where: The Euro 2012 final kicks-off from the Olympic Stadium in Kiev at 2.45 p.m. ET. Coverage will be provided by ESPN, with a live stream available on ESPN3.
Can Cesare Prandelli mastermind another stunning performance for his Italy side against Spain in the Euro 2012 final.
Preview: At the end of what promises to be an enthralling Euro 2012 final, either Spain or Italy will be celebrating an incredible triumph that supersedes that of claiming a major international trophy. For the Spanish it will mean completing a never before seen streak of three major tournament wins back to back.
As for Cesare Prandelli's Italy, a victory would cap a remarkable month in which they would have gone from the verge of withdrawing from the tournament due to a dramatic match-fixing scandal at home, to becoming champions of Europe for a second time.
Spain may have progressed to Sunday's spectacle with less sparkle than has been seen from them in recent tournaments, however, their control of proceedings has been something to behold. Just one goal has been conceded in five matches with perhaps Vicente Del Bosque putting extra emphasis on restricting opponents' forward bursts to protect a back line missing talismanic defender Carlos Puyol.
Despite criticism, Spain have been far from boring during their time in Poland and Ukraine. The ability to keep the ball should never be underestimated and Andres Iniesta has been one of the stars of the tournament as he has consistently looked to force the issue for Spain with his quick-footed ability to run at opponents.
There has been much intrigue too in Del Bosque's alteration between a conventional striker and a false nine. Cesc Fabregas has done a fine job when he has been asked to fill the latter role, but the Spanish coach's selection could have a major impact on how Sunday's final unfolds.
It was, of course, Italy who were the only side to breach Iker Casillas' goal in this tournament. After three weeks of growing momentum, the Azzurri will doubtless be confident of posing even more problems for the tournament favorites in Kiev.
Putting aside the scandal unfolding at home, Italy came out in their Euro 2012 opener and gave the world an impressive account of the positive, possession-based approach Prandelli has been instilling in this side since taking over following a disastrous 2010 World Cup.
And Prandelli has got his tactics spot on throughout. The former Fiorentina boss has switched from a three at the back to four and brought in Riccardo Montolivo to excellent effect to play at the head of a midfield diamond. Everything came together in a stunning semifinal victory over Germany. Inspired defensive work was complimented with a technically assured, energetic midfield display as well as lethal finishing by Mario Balotelli.
Italy may make one change to their their semifinal lineup with Ignazio Abate expected to be fit to come back in at right-back at the expense of the unlucky Federico Balzaretti.
D: Arbeloa, Ramos, Pique, Alba
M: Busquets, Alonso
F: Silva, Fabregas, Iniesta
D: Abate, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini
M: Marchisio, Pirlo, De Rossi
F: Balotelli, Cassano
Prediction: While Portugal gave Spain some serious problems in the semifinal, no team has matched the World and European champions quite like Italy managed earlier in the tournament. The Azzurri showed no fear, playing their own game and fully warranting a 1-1 draw.
In the final Italy is likely to stick with their 4-4-2, which has the possibility of making the Azzurri even stronger against Spain; with their narrow diamond battling for control of the match against the incredibly talented Spanish midfield. Daniele De Rossi's presence could enable Andrea Pirlo to have increased time on the ball than in their first encounter, allowing him to find Antonio Cassano and Balotelli peeling off into the space allowed by Spain's advancing full-backs.
Spain may be served by bringing in either Pedro or Jesus Navas to add an extra dimension to their attack at the likely expense of David Silva. However, Del Bosque looks set to keep the pair as impact substitutes, meaning, like Germany, Spain may fail to exploit the space out wide enabled by Italy's narrow midfield quartet.
Fitness could become an issue with Italy having to play on just three days' rest. But the phenomenal motivation displayed by Italy throughout the competition is likely to be enough to limit the effects of any heavy legs. It is that hunger that may also prove the difference in the Azzurri sealing a remarkable triumph.
Spain 1-2 Italy
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