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Italy v England Live Commentary, 23/09/2022

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1 - 0
ITA
ENG
G. Raspadori (68)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Commentary

That's all for today. Goodbye!
Next up, Italy travel to Hungary, with England hosting Germany.
England have been relegated to League B of the Nations League after losing to Italy at San Siro. After a quiet first half, Italy took the lead in the second through Raspadori. The Napoli forward neatly controlled a direct ball forward from captain Bonucci, switching the ball onto his right foot before sending his effort past Pope into the bottom corner. Goalless in their last three matches, England’s woes in front of goal continued as they struggled to push Donnarumma. Kane had two quick-fire attempts saved from a tight angle with Rice also testing the Italian, but the 23-year-old was never really challenged. Italy will win the group if they beat Hungary in the final match of the league stage.
90' + 7' FULL-TIME: ITALY 1-0 ENGLAND
90' + 6' FINAL CHANCE! James finds Bellingham inside the box but the midfielder heads the ball over.
90' + 5' Dier and James lose the ball from a throw-in. Gnonto gets the ball and is pushed to the floor by James with just over one minute remaining.
J. Grealish
Yellow Card
England
90' + 3' Grealish gets a yellow card and will not be available to face Germany in the next match.
90' + 3' Italy are now sitting in a low block. Rice finds a yard of space just outside the box but curls an effort straight at Donnarumma.
90' Six minutes of additional time.
Emerson
Jorginho
Italy
89' Substitution for Italy. Jorginho is replaced by Emerson.
D. Frattesi
F. Dimarco
Italy
89' Substitution for Italy. Dimarco is replaced by Frattesi.
88' Lorenzo cuts the ball inside to Cristante who slashes a shot high and wide from inside the box.
87' Italy are winding down the clock and are taking their time with a throw-in. Kane is frustrated that nothing is being done by the officials to speed up the process.
85' SHOULD BE 2-0! Gabbiadini is one-on-one with Pope and has a shot saved by the England goalkeeper. The former Southampton man then plays in Dimarco down the left who smashes the post.
83' Foden plays the ball to Bellingham who smashes the ball well over from outside the box.
81' The free-kick from James is punched away by Donnarumma with ease.
M. Gabbiadini
G. Raspadori
Italy
81' Substitution for Italy. Raspadori is replaced by Gabbiadini.
G. Di Lorenzo
Yellow Card
Italy
80' Lorenzo receives a yellow card for a strong challenge on Grealish just outside the box.
80' If the score remains how it is, England will be relegated to League B.
79' Harry Kane has played in all 17 of England’s matches in the Nations League, scoring two goals and recording three assists – only Moldova’s Oleg Reabciuk has played more games in the competition (18), while no England player has registered more goal involvements than the Three Lions skipper (5).
78' CHANCE! Substitutes combine as Grealish finds Shaw with his low cross across the box cleared away. Recycling possession, Kane then receives the ball on the right, having two shots from a tight angle pushed away by Donnarumma.
74' Smart from Donnarumma. Under pressure from Kane, the goalkeeper rolls the ball with the underside of his foot away from the striker, playing the ball short to Bonucci.
73' England have only scored once in their last four games (D2 L2), having scored 20 in their previous four (W4). After losing 4-0 to Hungary last time out, the Three Lions haven’t shipped 4+ goals in consecutive games since May/June 1954, losing 7-1 to Hungary and drawing 4-4 with Belgium.
L. Shaw
K. Walker
England
72' Substitution for England. Walker is replaced by Shaw.
J. Grealish
B. Saka
England
71' Substitution for England. Saka is replaced by Grealish.
71' A curling ball in from James is headed over by Dier.
L. Bonucci
Assist
Italy
69' Bonucci has looked continuously looked forward with his passes. This time his direct ball is brought down brilliantly by Raspadori who makes no mistake with the finish.
G. Raspadori
Goal
Italy
68' GOALLLL! RASPADORI SCORES! 1-0 ITALY! It’s a brilliant finish from Raspadori. The Napoli striker brings down a long ball from Bonucci, cutting the ball onto his right foot before whipping it into the bottom corner from inside the box.
66' Gnonto now smashes the ball towards goal with Kane heading it over.
65' Dimarco's dangerous cross looks to be heading towards the goal before Walker heads it away.
64' New Leeds United signing Wilfried Gnonto became Italy’s youngest ever scorer in their defeat at Germany, aged just 18 years and 222 days. Only six players have scored more than once for the Italian national team as a teenager and only one this century, with Moise Kean scoring twice in March 2019 aged 19, while two players have scored for Italy vs England while playing for an English club (Gianfranco Zola in 1997 as a Chelsea player and Graziano Pelle in 2015 while playing for Southampton).
W. Gnonto
G. Scamacca
Italy
63' Substitution for Italy. Scamacca is replaced by Gnonto.
T. Pobega
N. Barella
Italy
63' Substitution for Italy. Barella is replaced by Pobega.
62' Bellingham is now down after Barella clatters into him on the edge of the box. Dier hooks the ball towards the goal with no free-kick given.
60' Bellingham plays the ball down the right to Kane. His cross is low across the box with Toloi sliding the ball out for a corner.
60' Bellingham breaks forward and plays the ball to Foden down the left. However, the Manchester City man is offside.
57' WIDE! The flag goes up, but it is a brilliant move by Italy. Bonucci picks out Raspadori who plays the ball out wide to Dimarco. His cross reaches Barella, but the midfielder pokes the ball wide. The offside came when Raspadori was looking for Dimarco down the left, with Walker playing the defender offside.
56' Kane is now back on the pitch. The referee races over to make sure that the forward is fine.
54' Kane is not yet back on the pitch but is fine to continue.
51' The ball in from James goes over the head of everyone. Kane goes to the ground holding his face after a clash of heads with Toloi. The England forward is receiving treatment.
51' Kane goes down the left and shoots from a tight angle but Bonucci blocks his attempt out for a corner.
50' Dimarco is nudged to the floor by Walker. He feels that the challenge was unfair but the referee ignores his claims.
49' James looks for the top corner with his free-kick but smashes the ball high and wide.
L. Bonucci
Yellow Card
Italy
48' Bonucci gets the first yellow card of the game for tripping Sterling on the edge of the box. Shooting opportunity for England with James over the ball.
46' Raspadori gets the game back underway.
Scamacca and Raspadori have looked threatening going forward for Italy, but have failed to make life difficult for Pope in the England goal. On the counter, Mancini's side have also looked dangerous, with Dimarco and Lorenzo always an option on the wings. As for England, they have been nullified in the attack. Kane and Sterling have been marked out of the game so far and have struggled to make an impact, with Foden doing his best to drive forward with the ball and make something happen. However, the Manchester City man has been wasteful when taking free-kicks, with his crosses dealt with by the Italian defenders. With Trippier and Ward-Prowse on the bench, Southgate has enough talent to make the most of set-piece situations.
The game is goalless at the break. Italy have had the better of the chances, but both sides have struggled to test the opposition goalkeeper. The hosts had their best opportunity through West Ham forward Scamacca, who leapt above Maguire to get on the end of a cross from Dimarco, but the Italian nodded the ball straight at Pope. As for England, their only shot on target came through Bellingham who bounced a shot towards goal, with a strike from distance from Kane at the end of the half an ambitious one – going well over.
45' HALF-TIME: ITALY 0-0 ENGLAND
44' Foden looks for Rice inside the box. Bonucci heads it clear with the referee giving a free-kick to Italy for a push inside the box.
43' Lorenzo brings down Bellingham in a crossing position. Foden over it again.
43' Kane has Foden to his right but goes alone outside the box and shoots the ball over.
42' Walker looks for James with an incisive ball through but it rolls out for a goal-kick. With players foward, England could have but the ball into the box.
39' Acerbi sends the ball towards Scamacca inside the box but Dier heads it away.
38' James aims a cross towards Rice, but the ball is cleared away to Bellingham who has a bouncing shot saved with ease by Donnarumma.
37' James looks to whip the ball in but the cross is blocked by Dimarco.
36' Foden's cross is met by Kane who flicks the ball on. It eventually finds James who strikes towards goal with his shot deflecting wide. However, the referee misses the touch off the Italy player and points for a goal-kick.
35' Sterling wins the ball off of Lorenzo and is then fouled by the defender. Foden is over the ball.
33' Italy have won two of their last nine games (D4 L3), losing 5-2 to Germany in June in their last match. They haven’t lost consecutive games since June 2014 in the World Cup group stages against Costa Rica and Uruguay.
31' A corner from Dimarco goes straight at Pope who catches the ball.
30' Cristante looks to switch the play to Lorenzo put the pass has too much power with the ball going out for a throw-in.
28' Bellingham trips Raspadori. Italy have a free-kick in a crossing position with Raspadori and Dimarco over the ball.
27' Barella plays the ball to Raspadori but the forward cannot get the ball under control and Italy lose possession.
25' Foden plays the ball to Saka on the left of the box after driving forward. Looking to get into the box, Saka gets tackled and then fouls Barella, pulling him back.
23' Bellingham sends James away down the right but the cross from the Chelsea man is cleared away by Bonucci.
21' With 20 minutes gone, England are yet to have a shot. Italy have had three, with one being on target.
20' Captains collide as Bonucci pushes Kane to the floor on the halfway line.
18' Scamacca pushes West Ham teammate Rice to the ground inside the box. Free-kick to England.
17' Dimarco sends the ball in after originally faking the cross, smashing it against Kane with the ball going out for a corner.
16' Saka fouls Barella on the edge of the England box. The ball is positioned on the right side.
14' Sterling wins possession and plays the ball to Kane inside the box but Acerbi blocks his cross.
14' Italy and England have drawn each of their last four meetings, two in friendlies (March 2015 and March 2018), one in the Euros final (July 2021, Italy won on pens) and once in the Nations League (June 2022).
12' The free-kick from Foden is low and is cleared away. The ball then falls to Sterling who crosses to Maguire who stays forward but his attempt is tame and is caught with ease by Donnarumma.
11' Sterling is now fouled by Toloi who pushes him to the ground. Foden is over the ball in a crossing position.
9' Raspadori brings down Bellingham who was bursting into the Italy half. Referee Jesus Gil Manzano gives a free-kick to England, but the Italian forward seemed to get a touch on the ball and is frustrated with the decision.
7' Scamacca has Barella in front of him but decides to go alone from a distance and drags his shot well wide.
6' Dimarco sends in a high ball across the box to Scamacca who leaps above Maguire. Pope pushes the ball away from the goal before the Manchester United defender clears it out for a corner.
4' Raspadori gets a shot away just outside the box but his attempt is palmed away by Pope. After his save, the flag goes up for offside.
3' Barella looks to switch the ball to Dimarco who goes bursting down the left but the ball is overhit.
1' England get this Nations League clash underway.
England have won none of their last five away matches against Italy (D2 L3), scoring only one goal, an Andros Townsend strike in a 1-1 draw in March 2015. Their last away win over the Italians was in May 1961 in a friendly, a 3-2 victory with goals from Gerry Hitchens (two) and Jimmy Greaves.
As for England, Southgate makes six changes to the team that was defeated 4-0 by Hungary, with Pope starting ahead of Ramsdale. Dier, Maguire, Rice, Foden and Sterling also come into the side, replacing John Stones, Marc Guehi, Conor Gallagher, Kalvin Phillips and Bowen.
Italy make seven changes to the side that lost 5-2 to Germany last time out. Davide Calabria, Gianluca Mancini, Leonardo Spinazzola, Matteo Politano, Bastoni, Frattesi, and Gnonto are replaced by Toloi, Bonucci, Acerbi, Lorenzo, Jorginho, Dimarco and Scamacca.
ENGLANDS SUBS: Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Jarrod Bowen, Fikayo Tomori, Aaron Ramsdale, Kieran Trippier, Luke Shaw, Conor Coady, Jack Grealish, Dean Henderson, James Ward-Prowse, Trent Alexander-Arnold.
ENGLAND (4-2-3-1): Nick Pope; Reece James, Eric Dier, Harry Maguire, Kyle Walker; Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice; Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane.
ITALY SUBS: Manolo Gabbiadini, Alessandro Bastoni, Luiz Felipe, Davide Frattesi, Alessio Zerbin, Vincenzo Grifo, Degnand Wilfried Gnonto, Salvatore Esposito, Emerson, Tommaso Pobega, Guglielmo Vicario, Alex Meret.
ITALY (3-5-2): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Rafael Toloi, Leonardo Bonucci, Francesco Acerbi; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Nicolo Barella, Jorginho, Bryan Cristante, Federico Dimarco; Giacomo Raspadori, Gianluca Scamacca.
2019 Nations League semi-finalists England are currently bottom of the group and are winless in their first four matches. Scoring just once, Gareth Southgate’s side drew with Italy and Germany but lost both of their games versus Hungary. England will be relegated to League B if they are defeated.
Italy enter this one third in the group, two points behind leaders Hungary. Winning one and drawing two of their opening three Nations League matches, their only defeat so far came against Germany last time out, where they lost 5-2. In the reverse fixture, Roberto Mancini’s side drew 0-0 with England at Molineux.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary for the Nations League clash between Italy and England at San Siro.