The Euro 2020 closing descends on Wembley as Italy tries to win this competition for the primary time since 1968, while England appears to be like to win it for the primary time ever. The playing cards seem stacked in opposition to the ‘Azzurri’ as they play on the ancestral residence of English soccer, however, that is an Italian facet that knocked out Belgium and Spain en-route to this showpiece, stringing collectively a nationwide report 33-game unbeaten streak within the course of. They’ve additionally proven the mettle to have twice defeated groups by way of extra-time or penalties on this event – simply as they did vs France of their final main event triumph (2006 World Cup).
In reality, no crew has gone to extra-time on extra events than Italy in the European Championship historical past (9 occasions), however, the problem for boss Roberto Mancini will likely be getting his facet to increase the goalscoring kind that’s seen them web 12 occasions up to now (averaging two objectives per match). If they will, one other report beckons – Italy has by no means scored greater than 12 objectives at a serious championship.
Nonetheless, their approach is an England facet that’s conceded simply as soon as this event and is eyeing their first main piece of silverware because of the 1966 World Cup. A tricky semi-final in opposition to Denmark the place England received a Euro knock-out match after going behind for the primary time ever exhibits they’ve character, however they’ve H2H historical past to beat having final crushed the Italians in aggressive motion again in 1977.
England boss Gareth Southgate has confronted numerous criticism since his 2016 appointment, however, he’ll really feel vindicated by ending the Three Lions’ 55-year-wait for a serious event closing. They’ve performed 302 aggressive matches in official UEFA and FIFA motion since that final showpiece, however, England have made it this time regardless of drawing at HT in 4 of their six Euro 2020 matches.
Gamers to look at England’s Harry Kane has leaped into motion with 4 objectives through the knock-outs, equalling Gary Lineker’s nationwide report of ten main worldwide event objectives within the course of. Lorenzo Insigne netted a late equalizer within the final Wembley H2H and scored Italy’s decisive profitable objective vs Belgium.
Scorching stat: Seven video games at Euro 2020 have gone to extra-time – solely two different main tournaments have seen extra.
England moves to the final after beat Denmark 2-1 in extra time to confirm the next step.
ENGLAND 2-1 DENMARK
- Damsgaard 30′
- Kjær 39′ (own goal)
- Kane 104′
Twenty-five years after England’s last European Championship semi-final, which saw them infamously lose on penalties at Wembley, the ‘Three Lions’ are here again after thumping Ukraine 4-0 in the last round. Intriguingly, that was their first win by 3+ goals in a major tournament knockout match since 2002, when England beat Denmark 3-0 in their last competitive H2H win.
England has made defensive solidity the bedrock of their Euro 2020 run. They remain the only side yet to concede (W4, D1), while they’ve now gone seven matches overall without conceding a goal for the first time ever. That said, England has conceded an average of one first-half goal per match across their last four games vs sides ranked inside FIFA’s top ten (W1, D1, L2).
Denmark’s team spirit has shone through following Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest, as they continue to improve after battling through a tough quarter-final vs the Czech Republic. Captain Simon Kjær has said they are playing “with Christian Eriksen in our hearts”, and that’s propelled them into their first semi-final appearance since winning this competition in 1992. Having beaten England at Wembley as recently as October 2020, Denmark may feel mildly confident of an upset too, especially after scoring ten goals across their previous three matches (W3), and leading ‘to nil’ at HT in each of the last four.