Vicente Del Bosque's Spain crashed out of the European Championships after Georgio Chiellini and Graziano Pelle scored to take Italy through to the quarterfinals of the competition, on Monday.
Antonio Conte's pragmatic approach has transformed Italy into one of the favourites to win the Euro 2016 championship.
Spain began their title defence with a late win over the Czech Republic while Belgium were thoroughly outplayed by Euro 2012 runners-up Italy.
Southampton pulled off a stunning comeback against Liverpool, going from 2-0 down at half time to winning the match 3-2. The win further added to the Reds woes as they now find themselves in ninth place, with hopes for European football fading.
There is a good news and a bad news for Graziano Pelle. The bad news is that he may be surplus to Southampton FC's requirements, and the good news is that Italian giants Juventus are reportedly looking to sign him.
Juventus have been struggling for form this season, and are in need of players to compensate for the loss of some of the key members of their squad. One of the players Juventus are eyeing, is Southampton striker Graziano Pelle.
No, they were not playing rugby at the St Mary's Stadium, in Southampton; and no, New Zealand was not one of the teams either!
Alessandro Florenzi inspired Italy to a late fightback that saw the Azzurri stun Norway 2-1 in their final Euro 2016 qualifier at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday to finish top of Group H.
Chelsea FC's disastrous season continued with a 3-1 home defeat by Southampton on Saturday that left Jose Mourinho's Premier League champions 10 points off the pace in 16th place.
Southampton striker Graziano Pelle scored off Antonio Candreva's pinpoint cross to hand Italy a precious 1-0 win over Malta in Florence on Thursday that sent the hosts top of their Euro 2016 qualifying table.