Euro 2020 final: Italy vs England

  • England in their first European Championship final
  • Italy last won the Euros in 1968; lost finals in 2002 and 2012
  • England have conceded just one goal at Euro 2020
  • Italy unbeaten in last 33 matches

Hello, ciao. You are here because you love football and either England or Italy. Or both. Or neither.

I’m Faras Ghani and I will bring you the biggest football game today (Argentina beat Brazil in the previous biggest one this morning) together with Maria Michela D’Alessandro in a Rome fanzone and Maira Watanbe outside Wembley Stadium in London.


32 mins ago (22:46 GMT)

Full-time

Well, Italy are champions, England runners-up and we’re off.

Thankyou for joining us on this wonderful journey that was Euro 2020 and the final.

Read our match wrap here.

Happy or sad, tomorrow is a brand new day.

Italy’s Berretteni lost to Djokovic in the Wimbledon final today but Italy’s football team made sure one trophy heads back home.

Over and out.

[Reuters]

41 mins ago (22:38 GMT)

‘I’m too depressed for that’

Maira is still in central London, following devastated English fans.

What a moment for them, to be honest. Their team reaching the final unbeaten, having conceded just once.

Took the lead in the second minute but heartbreak from the spot yet again.

“I approached some English fans for a quick interview and they said “Sorry, I am too depressed for that”,” Maira adds.

“Another one said “Sorry, I can’t talk I don’t have strength for that”.”

[Reuters]

52 mins ago (22:26 GMT)

How the teams compared on the night


1 hour ago (22:15 GMT)

Meanwhile, in London:

[Maira Watanabe/Al Jazeera]
[Maira Watanabe/Al Jazeera]

“People are leaving central London very quiet. There is a lot of rubbish on the streets and we can see a lot of people sad and disappointed,” Maira, our correspondent who has moved on from Wembley Stadium to central London, observes.


1 hour ago (22:08 GMT)

Rome is back on its feet

They had a shocking start to the game but I guess they will use all that saved up energy tonight.

“It’s crazy here,” Michela, our correspondent in Rome’s fanzone, says.

“They are all singing and dancing. The atmosphere is festive, they are all happy about it.”

And why won’t it be. Italy have just won Euro 2020.

[Maria Michela D’Alessandro/Al Jazeera]
[Maria Michela D’Alessandro/Al Jazeera]


1 hour ago (22:02 GMT)

Well, it’s coming Rome

Confirmed.


1 hour ago (21:55 GMT)

Italy are European champions, again!

Went through the tournament unbeaten, now 34 and counting.

Conceded in the second minute of the final, hit back in the second half and will now get their hands on the trophy.

This team, remember, failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

[AP Photo]

2 hours ago (21:44 GMT)

Penalty kicks

Italy ⚽ ❌ ⚽ ⚽ ❌

England ⚽ ⚽ ❌ ❌ ❌

[Reuters]

2 hours ago (21:41 GMT)

Rome or home?

The question remains… even after 120 minutes.


2 hours ago (21:40 GMT)

Onto penalty kicks

Extra-time came, extra-time went.

No addition to the goals tally. We head over to the spot.


2 hours ago (21:26 GMT)

Final 10


2 hours ago (21:20 GMT)

Rome remains hopeful

“Chiellini and Bonucci are the best players for Italy. You can see their experience in this kind of match,” said 29-year-old Fabrizio.

[Maria Michela D’Alessandro/Al Jazeera]

2 hours ago (21:17 GMT)

15 gone, 15 to go

Half-time in extra-time. Both sides still tied 1-1.

Fifteen more minutes before we head over to the penalty spot.


2 hours ago (21:11 GMT)

Italy have had 66 percent possession and have 630 completed passes.

England have managed 255.


2 hours ago (21:01 GMT)

Extra-time

We go into the 30 extra minutes now.

Italy 1-1 England


2 hours ago (20:59 GMT)

Meanwhile, this is what is happening outside Wembley.

Earlier, some people without tickets tried to force entry. Big police presence outside the stadium.

Police officers said they were expecting this.

[Reuters]
[Maira Watanabe/Al Jazeera]


2 hours ago (20:56 GMT)

Time’s up

We go into extra-time to find a winner…


2 hours ago (20:50 GMT)

Stoppage time

Now is the time for someone to score…

This can go either way… that’s how stoppage time works. Hold tight.

Final bits of advice being handed out.

[Reuters]

3 hours ago (20:41 GMT)

Into the final 10

Ten minutes remain of normal time.

Italy leading on possession, shots on targets and passes.

But England equal on what matters the most: goals.

Italy 1-1 England

[Reuters]

3 hours ago (20:33 GMT)

Enthusiasm is back in Rome

[Maria Michela D’Alessandro/Al Jazeera]

3 hours ago (20:30 GMT)

Substitution

Trippier off, Saka on for England.


3 hours ago (20:27 GMT)

⚽ GOAL

Italy equalise! Bonucci puts it in the back of the net.

It was scrappy, it wasn’t beautiful. But it’s an equaliser in the final of the European Championship.

Italy 1-1 England

 


3 hours ago (20:20 GMT)

30 to go

An hour gone, England lead from that goal they scored 58 minutes ago.

Italy are pressing, with 67% possession, having a shy at goal too. But they still trail.


3 hours ago (20:10 GMT)

Free-kick

Italy get another free-kick just outside the box.

But Insigne curls it wide of the post this time.


3 hours ago (20:07 GMT)

🟨 Yellow card

Italy’s Barella gets the first yellow card of the final.


3 hours ago (20:05 GMT)

Back again

So, here we go again. England get the second half underway.

Italy 0-1 England

 


3 hours ago (20:00 GMT)

How are the Italians feeling?

Michela from the Piazza del Popolo fanzone in Rome says the mood is tense and less festive than at the start of the match. “Italian fans are disappointed with the first 45 minutes,” she adds.

They are singing “we are losing but still alive”.

Well, of course. Let’s hope for more goals in the next 45.


3 hours ago (19:59 GMT)

Good goal, timely goal, but…


3 hours ago (19:49 GMT)

Half-time

Here are the updates from the last 45 minutes:

  • England lead through Shaw’s second-minute goal
  • Italy dominating possession, one shot on target
  • Scuffles outside Wembley, people without tickets trying to force entry
  • Tom Cruise, David Beckham and Prince William are in attendance
    [EPA]

4 hours ago (19:31 GMT)

Thirty minutes gone

One-third of the match has been played. England leading through Shaw’s second-minute goal.

Italy pressing and winning the possession battle but no shots on target yet.

Oh and Tom Cruise is at Wembley too just incase you were wondering where he went after the Wimbledon final.

[AFP]

4 hours ago (19:27 GMT)

Fans forcing their way in

Maira, our correspondent outside Wembley, tells us the fans without tickets are forcing their way inside the stadium.

“Police trying to push those people back out. Still a lot of people trying to get in. There are some fights taking place as well.”

[Maira Watanabe/Al Jazeera]
[Maira Watanabe/Al Jazeera]


4 hours ago (19:17 GMT)

‘Not losing faith’

As England scored the opener, Italian fans in Rome say they haven’t lost faith just yet.

“It’s gonna be the only one, don’t worry,” Cady, an Italian-American girl, said.

[Maria Michela D’Alessandro/Al Jazeera]

4 hours ago (19:14 GMT)

First goals don’t come any better that this.


4 hours ago (19:10 GMT)

This game is being played at some pace! Ten minutes gone, England still in the lead and threatening to extend that.

[Reuters]

4 hours ago (19:07 GMT)

Free-kick to Italy

Italy have a free-kick in a dangerous position. Insigne curls it well… over the top.


4 hours ago (19:02 GMT)

⚽ GOAL

Shaw scores for England! And it’s just the second minute of the game.

Wembley is rocking!

Italy 0-1 England

[Reuters]

4 hours ago (19:00 GMT)

Kick-off

Right, then. We’re off in what will be the last match of the European Championships (this edition). Twelve months late but we’re there.

Italy get us started from left to right.


4 hours ago (18:53 GMT)

Five minutes until kick-off

Get your food, drinks, phone charger and whatever you need.

The closing ceremony has wrapped up and we’re seeing the 22 other performers on the turf.

[Reuters]

5 hours ago (18:44 GMT)

The predictions are..

Italy to win the 2020 European Championship… according to our Twitter followers.

There, now you can all go home.


5 hours ago (18:23 GMT)

It’s buzzing inside and outside Wembley

With just over 30 minutes to go until kick-off, the stadium is filling up quite quickly. These are the scenes from inside and outside Wembley:

[AP Photo]
[Reuters[
[Maira Watanabe/Al Jazeera]


5 hours ago (18:13 GMT)

Playing XIs

Italy: Gianluigi Donnarumma; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini (captain), Emerson Palmieri; Nicolo Barella, Jorginho, Marco Verratti; Federico Chiesa, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne

England: Jordan Pickford; Luke Shaw, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Kieran Trippier; Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips, Mason Mount; Harry Kane (captain), Raheem Sterling


5 hours ago (17:50 GMT)

Bad news for the English in Rome

Michela, our correspondent in Rome, has this update:

“For security reasons, there won’t be any English fans in the UEFA fanzone in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo. The same was the case for the semi-final against Spain.”

More room for the Italians but what about competition, man?

[Maria Michela D’Alessandro/Al Jazeera]

6 hours ago (17:45 GMT)

Now, for something very important

While we talk of football, it’s also important to talk about some other serious stuff in life 👇

[Maira Watanabe/Al Jazeera]

While you ponder over that one, think about all the laddoos (South Asian sweets) you can get if Southgate’s men are victorious:


6 hours ago (17:35 GMT)

England in the house

Well, it’s their backyard but still..


6 hours ago (17:18 GMT)

Crystal ball time

Who is winning this one then?

England for the first time? Italy for the second? Football for the umpteenth time?

Vote now and be a winner:


6 hours ago (17:14 GMT)

When in Rome…

The atmosphere is festive at the fanzone, our correspondent Michela tells us.

“There are mostly young guys but the zone is not full at the moment. The police is letting people enter the square pretty slowly.”
Mattia, Alessandro, Niccolo, Alex, and Denis are all wearing gladiator costumes and came with this banner because “if we cannot go to Wembley, football is coming to Rome”. 👇

[Maria Michela D’Alessandro/Al Jazeera]

6 hours ago (16:56 GMT)

Path to the final

Back to some football, here is how Italy and England have reached where they are today:


7 hours ago (16:44 GMT)

Developments from Wembley

Maira chips in with this from outside Wembley: “People are really crazy here, I have now come to a safer place. There are some lines of police officer dividing the type of fans that have turned up.”

Reuters news agency reporting how, by lunchtime, the pavements around Wembley were slick with beer, and underfoot resembled the stickiest of pub carpets as supporters sang, chanted and hurled drinks while police looked on.

Not a fun sight I must say.

[Maira Watanabe/Al Jazeera]

7 hours ago (16:36 GMT)

Can Italy make it 34?

Italians are unbeaten in the last 33 matches (27 wins, six draws). That is some record! Needless to say (I’ll say it anyway), if they make it 34, they will be crowned European Champions for the second time.

Can they? Will they? We’ll have all the answers for you right here.


7 hours ago (16:17 GMT)

Big police presence in Rome

And Michela from Rome tells us that Piazza del Popolo, one of the two fanzones set up in Rome, is surrounded by police officials and police cars.

“The fans are reaching the square singing and cheering for Italy. The two big screens at the fan zone are currently broadcasting the Wimbledon final.”

Rome on final day [Maria Michela D’Alessandro/Al Jazeera]

7 hours ago (16:08 GMT)

Impossible to walk around Wembley

Our correspondent Maira is taking a walk outside Wembley Stadium. And she sends us this update:

“There are loads of people arriving at the stadium, shouting, singing, people are just really happy and it is almost impossible to walk around. Loads of rubbish already on the floor and some people falling on the broken glasses, little bit dangerous.

She’s also spotted some Italian fans!

The Italian fans near Wembley Stadium [Maira Watanbe/Al Jazeera]

7 hours ago (16:00 GMT)

Stats Centrale

Got an appetite for some delicious freshly baked stats? Well, some stats date back to 1933 but I can safely say you can easily digest them.

Seated? Here you go: A statistical look at the Italy-England rivalry

 


7 hours ago (15:52 GMT)

Road to the final

Do you still remember how these teams got to the final?

You can either take a trivia in 55 years (some may ask why 55, others will know why 55) or head over to our special photo gallery:

In Pictures: Italy, England road to Euro 2020 final


8 hours ago (15:30 GMT)

Home or Rome?

What started on June 11 ends tonight: Italy take on England at Wembley Stadium in London in the final of the 2020 European Championship.

England hope that a partisan home crowd will help them lift a first major trophy since winning the 1966 World Cup at the old Wembley.

Italy have not won the Euros since 1968 but the Azzurri are on an unbeaten run of 33 games since September 2018 and have never lost against England at a major event.

Read our Euro 2020 final preview here.

Article source: https://www.aljazeera.com/sports/2021/7/11/euro-2020-final-italy-v-england-live