Spain Vs. Italy, Euro 2012 Final: Giorgio Chiellini Injured

Italy are down 1-0 and there's worse news for the underdogs -- Giorgio Chiellini has gone down with a recurrance of the hamstring injury that kept him out earlier this tournament, and Cesare Prandelli has been forced to make a switch. Federico Balzaretti, who probably should have started anyway, comes in for the stricken defender. His first touch gives Spain a goal kick.

Chiellini's substitution is probably a good thing. He clearly wasn't one hundred percent and wasn't moving well whenever Spain attacked him. Nevertheless, this Italy defence suddenly feels far less secure. If Spain are in the mood to get more goals (which they're generally not, to be fair), this could be a very very bad day for Italy.

Meanwhile, Gerard Pique gets himself yellow carded for scything down Antonio Cassano. Silly boy. That was mean. All Cassano wants from life is to have sex and eat cake. He doesn't need flying tackles from giant lugs of defenders.

We have live coverage of the match in our Spain vs. Italy, Euro 2012 StoryStream. For more on Euro 2012 and the entire world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter.

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