Welcome to Sportstars Live Blog of the Italy vs England Nations League Group C game from San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy.
45′ half time!
No stoppage time at the end of the first half. It was a poor half by both teams. The score remains 0:0.
Harry Kane carries the ball from England’s half – he had Foden on his right but instead goes for the shot from distance. The ball flies over Ronnarumma’s goal.
Cristante reaches the loose ball and goes on target with a first shot. But his shot is blocked.
James takes a first shot from the edge of Italy’s box but he’s blocked amidst the sea of bodies in the box. It seemed like an Italian player had the finishing touches but the referee gives a goal kick.
Di Marco tries to put a cross into the box but James finishes well and sends the ball to the corner.
Cristante finds a free raspadori in the English penalty area with a good cross. However, Raspadori’s first touch fails him and he loses the ball.
James tries to find Kane with a low cross from right center but Bonucci is there to save the ball.
Aside from Scamacca hitting the post in the fifth minute, it’s been a poor game offensively so far. Neither team creates anything significant.
Di Marco’s low cross is out of order and easily cleared by the English defence.
Saka brings down Raspadori and Italy take a free kick in a good area.
Sterling escapes his man and rolls the ball to Kane on his right. Kane shoots but his shot deflects, taking the trick.
A disappointing delivery in the crate by Foden and the set piece is handled easily by Italy.
Sterling with a first flick to Kane, who is trying to escape his marker on the turn. But the weight of Sterling’s flick was a little too quick for the England skipper.
This time, Scamacca goes for goal from a fairly ambitious distance, but the effort is far from where it’s supposed to be.
out of frame- Scamacca does well to pass Maguire at the far post and head the ball at Pope’s near post. Pope gets a touch, but the ball hits the frame of the goal and goes out of play.
Raspadori puts the ball in a good position on the edge of the English penalty area. He tries a right foot curl but his shot is blocked.
England go with a back three – the absence of John Stones being the most likely reason.
1′ Kick off!
The Italy vs England Nations League Group C game will take place at the San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy.
00:13: Both teams sing their national anthems. Kick off minutes away!!
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Italy vs England starting lineup
Italy: Donnarumma (TG), Di Lorenzo, Bonucci (c), Acerbi, Toloi, Cristante, Jorginho, Di Marco, Raspadori, Scamacca, Barella
England: Pope (GK), Walker, James, Reis, Dier, Maguire, Saka, Bellingham, Kane (c), Sterling, Foden.
Italy vs. England Expected XI
Italy (4-3-3): Donnarumma (GK); Di Lorenzo, Bastoni, Bonucci, Emerson; Barella, Tonali, Jorginho; Gnonto, Immobile, Grifo
England (3-4-3): Ramsdale (GK); James, Tomori, Maguire; James, Rice, Bellingham, Chilwell; Sterling, Kane, Foden
Italy host England in Milan to repeat their UEFA Euro 2020 finals and Germany welcome Hungary to Leipzig, with all sides but England still struggling to reach next year’s Nations League finals.
England are relegated to League B if they lose to Italy. Hungary can qualify if it beats Germany, which is busy with coronavirus infections.
Hungary currently leads the group with seven points, one more than Germany, while the Italians have five points. England play Germany in London on Monday, while Hungary play Italy in Budapest.
With Roberto Mancini and his men missing out on a place at the World Cup, they will look to salvage some pride by qualifying for the Nations League final.
With inputs from AP
Where to watch the UEFA Nations League match between Italy and England live in India?
The Italy vs England UEFA Nations League match will be broadcast live on Indian TV channels Sony TEN 2 and Sony TEN 2 HD.
Live streaming of the game in India will be available on SonyLIV and JioTV.
When is Italy vs England in the UEFA Nations League?
Italy vs England begins September 24 at 12:15 am.