Italy vs. England – Football Match Report – September 23, 2022

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England will be relegated to the second tier of the UEFA Nations League after their poor run of form continued with a 1-0 loss to Italy at Milan’s San Siro on Friday.

In a game of few chances, Giacomo Raspatori scored the only goal in the 68th minute to ensure England finished last in Nations League A Group 3.

Gareth Southgate’s side have gone without a win or a goal in their last five matches with less than two months to go until the start of their World Cup campaign.

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Friday’s match was a repeat of last year’s Euro 2020 final, which Italy won on penalties, but both teams had their struggles.

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Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup, losing 5-2 to Germany at the last minute. Nevertheless, it was Roberto Mancini’s new-look side who retained top spot in their Nations League group and qualified for next year’s semi-finals. Heading into Monday’s finals, Italy are second behind group-leaders Hungary after a surprise win over Germany.

Italy started the game the stronger side after five minutes from new West Ham United striker Gianluca Scamacca’s back-to-back header and England goalkeeper Nick Pope made a cautious save.

England gradually established themselves after Italy’s early attacks, but Gareth Southgate’s side, with a back three and an attacking trident of Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden supporting Harry Kane, made little attacking impact.

It wasn’t until the second half that the game began to open up and England threatened properly for the first time, Italy falling behind before Kane sent in a dangerous low cross when Foden and Jude Bellingham combined well.

However, it was Italy that got the breakthrough. The England defense couldn’t stop Leonardo Bonucci’s promising long ball, allowing Raspatori to bring it down and find space for himself on the edge of the box.

England had the quickest chance to get back on level terms with Kane twice denied from tight angles by excellent saves from Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Pope may have made the victory a more comfortable one, forcing him to save from Manolo Gabbiadini before Federico DiMarco attacked the post.

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