Spain, who competed well in the first round, has everything to lose against a pumped-up Italy in the last quarter-final game of the Euro 2008.
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"Arrivederci, arrivederci," a large group of Spanish fans, including some dressed as matadors, sung cheerily to their Italian rivals on a perfect summer's day with temperatures touching around 30 Celsius.
"So often it hasn't gone our way in matches with
Austrian police are expecting up to 30,000 Italian supporters and 12,000 Spanish fans -- a more modest number than some of the huge crowds seen at the tournament so far.
They are also expecting a less "hot-blooded" mood than at Friday's game between
"The Spanish and the Italians are like brothers. We like partying not fighting," said Churiaque.
Only half the number of police working on the day of the
Apart from their victory at the 1964 European Championship and the 1992 Olympic Games, both of which came on home soil,
"Italians have had a lot of luck but that is about to change," said Ignacio Solano, 28, from
Italians were slow to arrive in central
"There are a few too many Spanish at the moment but we all get on well," said Emmanuele Boscherini, 23, from
"But we will come good in the end."
Date created : 2008-06-22