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Cheerful rivalry in Kiev ahead of Euro 2012 final

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Cheerful rivalry in Kiev ahead of Euro 2012 final


On the eve of the Euro 2012 final between Italy and Spain, supporters of both sides were teasing each other on the streets of the host city, Kiev.

The last time the Azzuri took on La Roja, they drew 1-1 in the football tournament’s Group C qualifier.

One Spanish fan said he was sure his country would win, predicted Iniesta would score and said Italian striker Balotelli would not get past the Spanish defence.

An Italian fan countered that he was 150 percent sure of victory.

There are more Spanish supporters in Kiev than Italians. When asked why by our correspondent, one man who had made the trip to support the Azzurri said: “Maybe it’s because of the prices, possibly the cost of the trip, or other reasons linked to the Italian economy, but there are only a few of us here.”

When questioned about whether that meant Spain will win, the same man said Italy would definitely come out on top.

The fan zone area has been so popular that an extension is being planned so more visitors can be accommodated in the future.

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