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Fabio Cannavaro has told Spanish Prime Minister Jose Rodriguez Zapatero that he is very wrong in thinking that Spain will beat Italy this weekend.

Mr Zapatero earlier today predicted that La Seleccion would end their 88-year curse of having not beaten the Azzurri, and knock them out of Euro 2008.

However World Cup-winning captain Cannavaro, who was forced to withdraw from the Euros due to injury, disagrees.

“I have a different opinion to Zapatero,” the 34-year-old stated.

“He thinks that Spain will win 3-2 and I believe Italy will win 1-0.

“They have more individual quality than us, but we have a better group solidarity. We are more of a team and that is our winning weapon.”

Cannavaro decided to stay with the squad in Austria and Switzerland despite his injury, and was given special dispensation by UEFA to sit on the Azzurri bench.

Italy and Spain last met competitively in the quarter final of the 1994 World Cup in America, with Arrigo Sacchi’s men winning 2-1 thanks to a last-gasp Roberto Baggio strike.

Anthony Sormani  

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