Italy hosted England this Thursday evening, at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium, in Naples, Italy, at the opening of Group C of the Euro 2024 Qualifying. With a very good first period, the English were able to resist the return thundering from Italy to win in Campania (1-2).
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In the first half, England rode with control and domination, while Italy struggled to organize their defense and to be effective, realistic or even enterprising in the offensive phases.
A very logical advance at the break (0-2).
Declan Rice opened the scoring by taking the blocked shot from Harry Kane (13th), before the latter converted a generous penalty for a small hand from Giovanni Di Lorenzo (44th).
In the second act, the Squadra Azzurra seemed transformed.
Finally, Roberto Mancini's players took control of the ball, taking the time to build well to find the breaches.
Served perfectly by Lorenzo Pellegrini, Mateo Retegui, recently naturalized Italian, concluded in front of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Reduction of the score of Italy which grew well in the second half (56th).
While the Nazionale continued its beautiful domination, Luke Shaw received, in quick succession, two yellow cards (78', 80'), synonymous with expulsion.
With this result, England take the lead in Group C, level on points with North Macedonia.
False start for Italy which will play a next match against Malta, the English will host Ukraine at home.