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Over an incredible month of amazing football memories, and now, here we are, in the EURO 2020 Final.
Italy are set to take on England on Sunday, July 11, at Wembley, to find out who takes the desirable trophy home.
And ahead of the most important football event of the summer, let’s take a look, at what path the teams have gone through to reach to the final.
Italy opened the tournament on Friday, June 11, as they beat Turkey 3-0, while England played their first matchday clash against Croatia, just two days later, and for the first time in their history started the tournament with a victory: 1-0.
On the second matchday, the Azzurri picked up another 3-0 win, this time, against Switzerland. But the Three Lions couldn’t manage to find the back of the net in their second EURO 2020 clash, picking up just a point in a goalless draw with Scotland.
Matchday 3, and another win for Italy – 1-0 against Wales, in the meantime, England got back to their winning ways and beat Czech Republic 1-0.
Both teams were leaders in their groups: Italy with maximum nine points in the Group A and England with seven points in the Group D.
In the round of 16, Italy were set to face Austria and Roberto Mancini’s side didn’t disappoint this time either, as they picked up a 2-1 win, despite going into the extra time.
Meanwhile, England were drawn to play Germany, and this time as well, they not only kept a clean sheet but also picked up a 2-0 win.
Belgium were Italy’s opponent in the quarter finals, but a 2-1 win progressed them into the semi-finals.
England were set to play Ukraine, and for the first time in this tournament they picked up a thrashing 4-0 win.
In the semi finals Italy beat Spain 4-2 in the penalty shootout, while England beat Denmark 2-1.
So ahead of the finals let’s look at what the head co9aches had to say.
Roberto Mancini, Italy manager: “We have been working towards this for many years so we are very happy and I can only thank the players for what they have done so far. We have won nothing yet; we will have to win on Sunday to consider it a success. England will have an entire stadium behind them. It will be on us to put them under pressure. A final is a bit different from other games, we will have to play with focus but also with joy because you can only win a final if you take pitch to have fun.”
England boss Gareth Southgate: “We’ve got to enjoy the fact we’re in the final but there’s one more massive hurdle to conquer. Italy are a very good side, I’ve thought that the last couple of years. They are in outstanding form and have defensive warriors who have been through everything. It’s a great game to look forward to.”
And here is the possible lineups for the teams.