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The draw for the UEFA Nations League semi-finals has been announced, in which Italy will face Spain and Belgium will face France in the knockout-style finals next year.
The first tie between Italy and Spain will take place on October 6, 2021 in San Siro (Milan), while Belgium and France will meet the next day, on October 7, 2021 at the Allianz Stadium (Turin).
Once the semi-final qualifiers have been completed, there will be a tiebreaker between the two losing teams on October 10, 2021 in Turin, while the final will be held on the same day in Milan.
World champions France are undefeated in this edition of the tournament after having obtained five wins and a draw in their matches in Group A3. Italy also have an unbeaten record from Group A1, with three wins and three draws.
Of the other two finalists, Belgium and Spain each suffered one defeat in their respective groups. La Roja only qualified for the final at the expense of Germany, while Belgium was the overall winner of their group that includes England, Denmark and Iceland.
Despite Italy’s unbeaten record in this edition of the competition, Spain has the advantage of the Azzurri when it comes to previous meetings between the two nations. In their 33 meetings, Spain have been victorious 12 times, while Italy have only won nine. The last time the two countries met was in 2017 when Spain achieved a complete 3-0 victory.
As for the other semi-final, surprisingly it is Belgium who is leading in the clashes between them and France. The Red Devils have 30 wins compared to 25 for France, though Les Bleus’ recent record in match-ups for the pair offers plenty of optimism, having been beaten only twice in their previous 12 encounters.