Welcome back for the second half. And Italy are going to need a miracle to turn this around. That second Spanish goal was masterful. Just a few touches from goalkeeper to goal — with Xavi’s perfect pass leaving Jordi Alba with almost no choice but to beat the exposed Buffon. Last time I looked, Jordi Alba was playing left-back. What was he doing popping up at inside left? Spain seem to have elevated Johann Cruyff’s total football to a new dimension.
Italy seem ponderous by comparison and, painful though this is to write, Balotelli and Cassano look like a couple of old-fashioned English center forwards, outskilled and outpaced by the nimble continentals. Except that we know Italy can play better than this. They’ve got 45 minutes to remind us, and save this game.