Italy send England to League B

Thanks to a personal feat by Giacomo Raspadori, the only scorer in the game twenty minutes from time, Italy beat England by the narrowest of margins on the fifth day of the League of Nations in Group C. Results: the Squadra Azzurra retains hope of qualifying for the Final Fourwhile the Three Lions are relegated to League B.

Italy 1-0 England

Goal: Raspadori (67e)

Did you know ? In their last four encounters, Italy and England have each completed their 90 minutes without a winner. And never with more than two achievements registered, moreover (three 1-1). From then on, everyone could expect tight and balanced debates without a lot of net shaking, during this fifth day of Group C of the League of Nations. From there to stick to a tasteless 0-0, there would be reason to be disappointed. Because when two teams of this caliber compete, everyone is entitled to expect a little more animation. What Raspadori understood well, the only scorer at twenty minutes in a game that was heading dangerously towards a goalless goal, whose personal exploit offered victory to the Squadra Azzurra and relegated at the same time the Three Lions in League B.

Manage, observe… or annoy?

A Scamacca helmet shot stopped by Pope at the very start, an off-target Kane attempt at the very end and a chronic inability to scare opposing defences. Here is, in summary, what to remember from the first average period seeing Italy and England in great difficulty to create chances. Possession is in favor of the visitors (54.7%), but to speak of domination would not reflect the reality of the game. With a shot on target on each side only, it is in fact the rearguards who mainly rule in this promising poster… on paper, where Immobile and Verratti or Calvert-Lewin are also missing.

Italy still in the hunt for the title, England in League B

Back from the locker room, bad news awaits fans of spectacle and goals: Kane takes a hit, and his bleeding suggests a change. Finally, the striker takes his place… Meanwhile, Barella misses the mark. Offside, anyway … That is to say if little is happening in Milan. Raspadori barely shows up, just like Pope. Until this rather controlled control of the attacker, his little walk around the surface in front of a Walker in plot mode and his pretty rolled up ending in the goalkeeper’s cages. 1-0, finally pleasure for the eyes! Logically, the English reaction is not long in coming: Kane tests Donnarumma’s gloves in power on the right side, but the porter’s paws remain solid to maintain this small advantage. The break is even very close, Pope intervening in front of Gabbiadini and being just after saved by his post. Second in the group, two points behind the Hungarian leader, Italy of the excellent Dimarco can therefore still qualify for the Final Four and win the competition. As to Three Lionsis relegation.Italy (3-5-2): Donnarumma – Tolói, Bonucci, Acerbi – Di Lorenzo, Barella (Pobega, 63e), Jorginho (Emerson, 89e), Cristante, Dimarco (Frattesi, 89e) – Raspadori (Gabbiadini, 81e), Scamacca (Gnonto, 63e). Coach : Mancini.

England (4-2-3-1): Pope-Walker (Shaw, 72e), Maguire, Dier, James-Rice, Bellingham-Saka (Grealish, 71e), Sterling, Foden-Kane. Coach : Southgate.

By Florian Cadu


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