Remember swallowing the bitter pill that was Italy losing to Spain in the Euro 2012 final? It was a 4-0 final score that was, until Spain scored twice in the last few minutes, a much closer match than that, with Italy fans feeling aggrieved over the outcome. Now Italy have a chance to settle the score, drawn against Spain once more in the first knockout round of Euro 2016 with revenge on their minds.
It's going to be a tough match, though. Italy exceeded all expectations with their group stage performance, beating Belgium and Sweden while hardly breaking a sweat before Ireland had to go almost 90 minutes before scoring on a heavily-rotated Italy side in their last group stage match. Still, Spain have looked much improved during the tournament, playing at a high level and looking more like the team that dominated international football from 2008 to 2012 than they have at any point over the last three years or so. They're not quite at that level, but Italy are still going to have to put in a top-shelf performance to win -- but not a performance that is at all out of reach of this squad's capabilities.
Italy's reward if they win? A match against Germany, the defending World Cup champions who just ran roughshod over their group and beat Marek Hamsik and Slovakia with ease on Sunday. Hooray.
Will we see Lorenzo Insigne?
Signs point to yes. There's been reports out of Italy that Insigne will have a "special" role in this match -- whether that means he starts or not is a bit of a mystery, but he definitely earned a bigger role in the side after making a big impact off the bench against Ireland in Italy's last match. Insigne made more attacking impact in his first two minutes on the pitch than Ciro Immobile and Simone Zaza made combined in the prior 75 minutes, and if Italy are going to beat Spain, they need his drive and flair on the field.
When: Monday, 6 p.m. local, 12 p.m. ET
Where: Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France
TV: ESPN2 (U.S.), Sky Sport 1 HD Italia, RAI Uno, RSI La 2 (Italy), TeleCinco Espana (Spain), BBC One (U.K.)
Online: ESPN3, WatchESPN (U.S.), Sky Go Italia (Italy), MiTele En Vivo (Spain), BBC iPlayer (U.K.)