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Euro 2024 today: Who is playing? How to watch? What to look out for?

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Sports Mole rounds up everything you need to know about today's Euro 2024 action, including fixtures, predicted lineups, how to watch and the best storylines.
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Mere weeks after a gruelling domestic season concluded for the continent's most celebrated talents, 24 teams and over 600 players travelled to Germany with Euro 2024 supremacy at stake.

Only three years have passed since Italy's exhilarating run to glory at the delayed Euro 2020 tournament, culminating in their penalty-shootout success over England at Wembley in the final, but the Azzurri have lost their grip on the crown owing to their last-16 loss to Switzerland.

Now, only two hopefuls remain, as Spain and England prepare for a tussle of titanic proportions at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, where the winners will be bestowed with the Henri Delaunay Trophy and the losers condemned to a tearful walk to collect their runners-up medals.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up everything you need to know about today's Euro 2024 final, including how to watch and what to keep a particular eye out for.



TODAY'S EURO 2024 FIXTURES

Spain vs. England (8pm | Olympiastadion)

The big one is finally upon us, as at 8pm UK time - and 9pm local time - three-time winners Spain and losing Euro 2020 finalists England clash in what promises to be an epic final at Berlin's Olympiastadion.


TODAY'S PREDICTED LINEUPS AT EURO 2024

Spain: Simon; Carvajal, Le Normand, Laporte, Cucurella; Olmo, Rodri, Ruiz; Yamal, Morata, Williams
England: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Guehi; Saka, Mainoo, Rice, Shaw; Bellingham, Foden; Kane


HOW TO WATCH TODAY'S EURO 2024 ACTION

While BBC and ITV have shared the Euros action around this summer, both broadcasters will provide coverage of Sunday's Championship match, offering viewers their choice of presenters, pundits and commentators.

The coverage on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport Website runs from 6.30pm and is set to conclude at 10.40pm, while the ITV, ITVX, STV and STV Player programme runs from 6.30pm until 11pm, extra time and penalties permitting.


WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR IN TODAY'S EURO 2024 MATCHES

Spain vs. England

Well, what is there to not look out for?

By the close of play on Sunday evening, England would have either been crowned European champions for the first time as a senior men's team - emulating their female counterparts from 2022 and the Under-21s team of 2023 - or Spain would have won a record fourth continental title.

While Spain arrive in Berlin with a perfect record of six wins from six at the Championships - an unprecedented feat - England have only won two of their six battles in normal time, but despite incessant criticism of their performances, the Three Lions are finalists for the second tournament running.

Expect to see Gareth Southgate stick with the three-man defence that has served him well since the start of the month, and there may very well be scope for Luke Shaw to make his first start of the competition after a pair of substitute appearances in the quarter-finals and semi-finals.

Speaking of defenders, Spain will have two integral cogs in Dani Carvajal and Robin Le Normand back from the bans that they served in the semi-final, where the phenom that is Lamine Yamal became the youngest scorer in the history of the Euros.

The 17-year-old will now become the youngest man to ever start a World Cup or Euros final - beating the long-standing record held by Pele himself - while three-goal duo Dani Olmo and Harry Kane will also be on individual missions for the coveted Golden Boot.

Also look out for a fascinating battle between Nico Williams and Bukayo Saka on England's right, while Rodri, Declan Rice and Kobbie Mainoo battle for midfield supremacy.


HOW DID SPAIN AND ENGLAND REACH THE EURO 2024 FINAL?

None of the other 23 teams at Euro 2024 could lay a glove on Spain in the group stage, where La Roja were the only team to win all their games while conceding a grand total of zero goals in the process.

Despite then going behind against Georgia, Luis de la Fuente's men responded emphatically to prevail 4-1 before just about passing the Germany test in the quarters, eliminating the host nation through a Mikel Merino extra-time header.

As was the case in Stuttgart, Spain also conceded first in their semi-final versus France, only for Yamal's historic stunner to restore parity before Olmo's deflected finish saw red triumph over blue.

Spain's record of nine points from nine in the group stage was not matched by England, who did navigate their section unbeaten but only narrowly overcame Serbia, before being held to a solitary point by Denmark and Slovenia in two forgettable contests.

Failure to improve against Slovakia would seemingly see the Three Lions kiss their Euros hopes goodbye, until Jude Bellingham's mesmeric moment and Kane's heroic header brought England back from the brink.

Following in Bellingham's footsteps, Saka was the next to save England with a sublime quarter-final equaliser against Switzerland, before the Three Lions clinically scored all five of their penalties in a perfect shootout to scrape through to the semis.

For the third knockout match running, England would concede first through a Xavi Simons rocket, but their best performance of the tournament so far saw Southgate's men rewarded with the ultimate prize, as Kane's controversial penalty and Ollie Watkins's 90th-minute special put the Three Lions 90 minutes away from glory.


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