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Spain's soccer player Fernando Torres attends a training session during the Euro 2012 at PGE arena stadium in Gdansk June 9, 2012. Spain will play its first match of the Euro 2012 soccer championships against Italy in Gdansk, Poland on June 10, 2012. (TONY GENTILE/REUTERS)
Spain's soccer player Fernando Torres attends a training session during the Euro 2012 at PGE arena stadium in Gdansk June 9, 2012. Spain will play its first match of the Euro 2012 soccer championships against Italy in Gdansk, Poland on June 10, 2012. (TONY GENTILE/REUTERS)

Euro 2012

Spain to play Italy without a striker Add to ...

Spain striker Fernando Torres was left on the bench as coach Vicente del Bosque fielded a team without a recognised centre forward for the holders’ Group C opener against Italy on Sunday.

Attacking midfielders Cesc Fabregas, who has only recently shaken off a hamstring strain, Andres Iniesta and David Silva were all included along with playmaker Xavi, with Sergio Busquets and Xabi Alonso in the central holding positions.

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Italy coach Cesare Prandelli handed a surprise debut to Emanuele Giaccherini, likely to play at left wing back, with Daniele De Rossi moving from midfield to a three-man defence.

Prandelli also opted for Thiago Motta in midfield, over Riccardo Montolivo and Antonio Nocerino, with Mario Balotelli as a lone striker and Antonio Cassano playing just behind and expected to help unlock the Spanish defence.

Teams for Sunday’s Euro 2012 Group C match between Spain and Italy at the PGE Arena (1600 GMT):

Spain: 1-Iker Casillas; 17-Alvaro Arbeloa, 15-Sergio Ramos, 3-Gerard Pique, 18-Jordi Alba; 16-Sergio Busquets, 14-Xabi Alonso; 8-Xavi, 6-Andres Iniesta, 21-David Silva, 10-Cesc Fabregas

Italy: 1-Gianluigi Buffon; 19-Leonardo Bonucci, 16-Daniele De Rossi, 3-Giorgio Chiellini; 2-Christian Maggio, 8-Claudio Marchisio, 21-Andrea Pirlo, 5-Thiago Motta, 13-Emanuele Giaccherini; 10-Antonio Cassano, 9-Mario Balotelli

Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

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