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Euro 2016 round of 16: Italy vs. Spain live commentary

Spain head coach Vicente del Bosque stresses the need for his team to be cautious of Italy in their critical match.
The FC crew give their early predictions ahead of the monumental Round of 16 match between Spain and Italy.

The biggest clash of the round of 16 at Euro 2016 sees Italy take on back-to-back tournament winners Spain in Paris. Join us for live commentary of the game, which kicks off at 6 p.m. CET, midday ET.

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FC Daily: Messi quits Argentina; Spain and Italy meet again; and England in action

ESPN's Diego Monroig speaks with Argentina's Lionel Messi about his future, following his side's loss to Chile in the Copa America Centenario final.

It's Monday, June 27, and the Euro 2016 round of 16 wraps up after Sunday's Copa America final saw Lionel Messi and Argentina lose to Chile again.

The big story

Before we get to Monday's action, though, let's focus on a huge developing story: the apparent international retirement of Lionel Messi. In the aftermath of Argentina's Copa America final defeat on penalties against Chile, Messi suggested that his time with the national team could be up.

"My thinking right now and thinking about it in the...

Italy's tactics to be tested vs. Spain in Euro 2016 last 16 tie

The FC crew give their early predictions ahead of the monumental Round of 16 match between Spain and Italy.
In a rematch of the 2012 European championship final, Italy will look to avenge their four-goal loss to Spain on Monday.
Spain and Italy meet in the round of 16, four years after Spain's dominant win in the Euro 2012 final.

Four years ago, in the final of Euro 2012, Italy made a crucial mistake: They tried to hang with Spain. They played their game and attempted to out-pass and out-create the 2010 World Cup champions. In different circumstances, it might have worked. Heck, it almost did in the group stage, when they drew 1-1.

But on that July day in the final, it was like trying out-jump shoot Stephen Curry, outsmart Warren Buffett or out-funk George Clinton. It was never going to work, and Italy were road-graded,...

For Daniele De Rossi, the fear of missing Euro 2016 fuels his fight

Stalwart Italian midfielder Daniele De Rossi says while their team lacks a flashy star player, they boast a deep bench.

The trepidation built up inside Daniele De Rossi. He didn't know if the phone was going to ring or not.

"I've been in the national team for many years," he told Italian TV channel Rai 1 the night before Italy left for France. "But for the first time ever, I feared that I wouldn't be part of the squad."

Antonio Conte had left De Rossi out for Italy's friendlies against Spain and Germany in March, with the team building toward their Euro 2016 campaign. The midfielder wasn't playing regularly for Roma...

Juventus connection might give Alvaro Morata an advantage for Spain vs. Italy

The ESPN FC crew give their Euro 2016 round of 16 predictions.

An eventful summer lies ahead for Alvaro Morata. After the European Championships, the Spain forward has a holiday booked with his former Juventus teammate, Simone Zaza. Then comes the small matter of working out which team he'll be playing for next season. For now Morata belongs to Real Madrid, who reclaimed him from the Bianconeri this week, but his agent has already suggested that he might not be there for long.

Before making any plans for the future, however, Morata must first attend an appointment...

Euro round of 16 pits England, France, Spain, Italy and Germany in one half

The ESPN panel break down the round of 16 fixtures at Euro 2016.

PARIS -- This is where it begins in earnest: a straight knockout draw to crown the European champion.

What jumps out at you while looking at the Round of 16 is the apparent lopsidedness. Germany, Spain, England, Italy and France are all in the same half of the draw. Put another way, you can count 11 World Cups and 10 European Championships among the teams in this half, all competing against each other for one spot in the final. And, in the other half, you have the likes of Belgium, Wales and Portugal.

"It's...