Euro 2020 Finals Preview: Italy versus England.
The finals of the Euro 2020 has Italy playing England on ESPN at 3 PM ET at Wembley Stadium in London.
England earned the opportunity to play for the European championship with their 2-1 victory over Denmark at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday. The Three Lions got on the board first with Buyako Saka’s crossing pass to Raheem Sterling was intercepted by the Danes’ Simon Kjaer, who inadvertently scored on his own goal in the desperate effort. Mikkel Damsgaard leveled the score for the Red and Whites in the 30th minute. The match went into the 30-minute extra time session with the score knotted at 1-1 when Harry Kane scored the game-winner for England in the 104th minute.
The Three Lions advanced to the semifinals with a 4-0 victory against Ukraine in Rome last Saturday. Kane scored in the fourth minute of the match. Harry Maguire added a second goal in the first minute of the second half. Kane scored again for his brace to give his team a three-goal lead four minutes later. Jordan Henderson added the final goal in the 63rd minute.
England reached the quarterfinals with their 2-0 victory against Germany on Tuesday. After a scoreless first half, Sterling broke the deadlock at the 75th-minute mark. Kane added the second goal 11 minutes later.
The Three Lions won Group D with their 1-0 victory against the Czech Republic. Sterling’s goal in the 12th minute proved to be all the Three Lions needed to defeat a Czech team that they could meet in a rematch in the semifinals. England opened their tournament with a 1-0 win against Croatia. They then settled for a scoreless draw with Scotland.
Manager Garreth Southgate’s team has scored ten times in the event. They conceded their first goal of the tournament against Denmark in the semifinals. Since a loss to Belgium on November 15, England has won all their matches except for the draw with the Scots in the group stage. The Three Lions have never won the European championship, and they have not won a major international title since the 1966 World Cup. England won that World Cup at Wembley Stadium as the host nation of that event, so the English faithful hope that another championship is “coming home.”
Italy advanced to the Euro final with a 4-2 victory via penalty kicks against Spain after that match remained tied at 1-1 after 120 minutes of play. Federico Chiesa scored the opening goal for Azzurri in the 60th minute. Alvaro Morata leveled the score for La Furia Roja 20 minutes later.
La Nazionale reached the semifinals with a 2-1 victory over Belgium in Munich on Friday. The Azzurri scored first in the match, with Nicolo Barella’s goal in the 31st minute. Lorenzo Insigne added their section goal 13 minutes later. Belgium got on the board just before halftime when Romelu Lukaku converted a penalty kick two minutes into stoppage time. The second half would go scoreless to secure the win for the Italians against a Red Devils team ranked number one in the world by FIFA. Belgium was without Eden Hazard for the match due to a leg injury. Kevin DeBruyne did play despite being a doubt for the game after leaving early in the second half in their quarterfinals match against Portugal.
The Italians advanced to the quarterfinals with their 2-1 victory against Austria. The match was scoreless after regulation time before the Azzurri scored twice in the first 15 minutes of the extra period. The Austrians pulled within one goal at the 114th mark but could not force a penalty kick shootout with a second goal. Austria’s score did end Italy’s 11-game streak of clean sheets that had lasted over 1000 minutes in international play.
The Azzurri opened this event with a 2-0 victory against Turkey. They followed that up with a 3-0 victory against Switzerland. Manager Roberto Mancini’s side concluded the group stage with a 1-0 win against Wales using many of his bench players. They have scored 12 times in their six games. They have conceded three goals.
The Italians are unbeaten in their last 33 matches across all competitions. Their most recent loss was in September 2018 to Portugal in a UEFA Nations League contest. They will be without Leonardo Spinazzola, who ruptured his Achilles’ tendon in the Belgium match that will sideline him for 12 months. The Azzurri last won the European title in 1968. Italy’s last major international championship came in 2006 when they won the World Cup.
Draft Kings lists England as a -0.25 goal line favorite with the total set at 2.