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Euro 2012 Match 31 - Spain v Italy

Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas (L) and Italian forward Antonio Cassano. Italy and defending champions Spain will play the Euro 2012 football championships final at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev (credit: FRANCK FIFE/AFP/GettyImages)
Spain take on Italy tonight in the final of Euro 2012.

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Italy coach Cesare Prandelli expects strikers Antonio Cassano (knee) and Mario Balotelli (cramp) to be available and both should start after impressing during the semi-final win over Germany.

The Azzurri are boosted by the return of Christian Maggio from suspension, while Ignazio Abate (hamstring) is also back in contention and could replace Federico Balzaretti in the back four.

Spain have no fresh injury issues, meaning Vicente del Bosque's only real concern ahead of kick-off is who gets the nod in attack.

Cesc Fabregas could start in the 'False Nine' role, meaning Alvaro Negredo, who was a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up for the semi-final against Portugal, is dropped to the bench.

Fernando Torres may also find himself left out of the side again should Fabregas start.

If the Barcelona midfielder is included in the starting line-up, then he is likely to again be supported by Andres Iniesta and David Silva.

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