Italy v England: Nations League – live – The Guardian

Key events

90 min +6: James puts a cross into the Italian box from the right. It’s a good delivery that finds Bellingham six yards out. Bellingham directs himself. This is surely England’s last chance to save itself.

90 min +5: Gnonto turns on the jets to the left, and draws a foul from James. The clock is ticking, and Italy to look in control. On the touchline, Southgate looks pensive, hands in pockets, staring grimly ahead.

90 min +4: Grealish is booked for deliberate handball. That means he is suspended for the Germany match.

90 min +3: Rice swans in from the left and some space opens up. He aims a curler towards the bottom right, but it’s telegraphed, and an easy collection for Donnarumma.

90 min +2: England press forward but Italy hold their shape on the edge of the box.

90 min +1: The first of six added minutes. Doofus comes on the pitch and runs like a galoot, so expect seven at least now.

90 min: Gnonto slalom in the England box from the left, only for his shot to be blocked by Dier.

89 min: Dimarco makes way for Frattesi, while Jorginho is replaced by Emerson.

88 min: Di Lorenzo sashays in from the right and rolls across for Cristante, in acres on the edge of the D. He has to work Pope at least, but peels wildly. Will Italy deplore their debauchery?

87 min: The game is getting small. England can’t do anything

85 min: Gabbiadini breaks down the inside-left channel and hammers a shot straight at Pope. The Italian regains possession and slides a pass to the left for Dimarco, who creams a shot across Pope and off the base of the right post. Shaw does well to avoid deflecting the rebound into the net, moving his feet smartly to turn and hack clear. Italy inches away from sealing England’s fate.

Federico Dimarco hits the post as Italy are so close to a second goal.
Federico Dimarco hits the post as Italy are so close to a second goal. Photo: Alberto Lingria/Reuters

83 min: Bellingham makes some space down the inside-left channel, his twists and turns earning himself the right to shoot. He aims for the top left, but he leans back, and the ball always flies over.

82 min: With ten minutes to go in Germany, it’s still 1-0 to Hungary. As things stand, all Group A3 matters will conclude tonight. Hungary will win the group, going to the final, while England will be relegated to part B. As things stand.

81 min: Before it can be taken, the goalscorer Raspadori is replaced by Gabbiadini. James then sees his free kick headed safely by Donnarumma.

80 min: Di Lorenzo is booked for quite an agricultural block on Grealish, just left of the Italy D. Free kick in a dangerous position.

78 min: England continue to press Italy back, albeit without making another chance. They have looked a bit brighter since the introduction of Grealish. “Looking at a mixed assortment of Neapolitans and Englishmen here in Naples,” reports Colum Fordham. “Massive reaction from the Neapolitan contingent to the superbly taken goal by Raspadori, Napoli’s new young striker.”

76 min: Neither this. Foden, Grealish and Bellingham transport the ball from left to right across the face of the Italian box. Bellingham slides one down the channel for Kane, who curls low and hard towards goal. Donnarumma parades brilliantly. Kane tries again. Donnarumma blocks again. Italy clear. That is England’s best move of the match.

Jack Grealish goes to ground.
Jack Grealish goes to ground. Photo: Antonio Calanni/AP

74 min: Kane tries to shut down Donnarumma. The Italian keeper puts him away with a cheeky Cruyff Turn. That probably didn’t improve the England the bad mood of a captain.

72 min: Southgate responds by sending on Grealish and Shaw for Saka and Walker.

71 min: James floats a free kick in from the right. Dier can’t get his head. Miles wide on the right.

70 min: Walker gave Raspadori far too much space and time there. None of the others England defenders also seemed particularly fired up. As things stand, England will be relegated from the top tier.

GOAL! Italy 1-0 England (Raspadori 68)

From not very much at all, wonderful goal! Raspadori takes a speculative pass delivery down the inside-left channel. He brings it down from the sky, takes a touch to the left, drops a shoulder back to the right, sending Walker off to the shops, and whips a spectacular shot across Pope and into the right side of goal. One hell of an end!

Giacomo Raspadori scores a brace to put Italy ahead.
Giacomo Raspadori scores a brace to put Italy ahead. Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images

66 min: A corner on the right leads to another on the left. Dimarco takes. Pope punches again, and this time England clear their lines. Bellingham is clipped by Cristante causing Kane to sound off in the referee’s face. Some edge comes into this game.

65 min: Di Lorenzo rolls a flat-footed Maguire down the right, drawing a foul. England fails to clear the resulting free kick, and Raspadori ends up shooting from a tight angle on the right. Pope punches for a corner.

63 min: Italy make a double change, replacing Scamacca and Barella with Pobega and Gnonto.

61 min: From the corner, Bellingham goes up for a high ball with Barella. The pair collides with Bellingham in the air, and the England a man falls on his back. He is swayed. England claim a foul – it was right on the edge of the penalty box – but both referee and VAR rule it a 50-50 accident. There was no malice on Barella’s part, but it was a clumsy challenge, and you saw fouls given for less.

Jude Bellingham falls.
Jude Bellingham falls. Photo: James Williamson/AMA/Getty Images

60 min: Kane is sent into space down the right and shoots low and hard across the six-yard box. Sterling hopes to get on the end of it at the left-hand post, but Toloi heads out for a corner, just in time.

59 min: Bellingham bids down the middle and pops a pass wide left for Foden, who tries to find Kane at the far post. Acerbi gets in the way to head out for a corner, but the flag goes up for offside.

57 min: Raspadori rolls a nice pass to the left for Dimarco, who rolls the ball into the box for Barella. He should score from ten yards, with only Pope to beat, but slides his effort wide to the right. What a young lady! His blushes are spared when the flag goes up for offside.

55 min: Kane takes matters into his own hands and wanders back on anyway. The referee comes across to give him a little bollocking, but doesn’t add insult to injury by booking him for insubordination.

54 min: Kane is willing to continue, yes, but he’s still not allowed to go back. He’s smoking, but it looks like he’s still bleeding, so the paramedic won’t let him go back.

Oh!
Oh! Photo: Nick Potts/PA

53 min: Replays show Toloi accidentally slapping Kane in the mouth. There is enough blood, but the kinology mops it up, slows the flow, and the England captain it will be good to continue.

51 min: James hits the cross long. Kane goes upstairs with Toloi. The ball sails over their heads and out for a goal kick. Kane meanwhile crashes to the floor holding his face. The physio is coming.

50 min: Kane makes his way down the inside-left channel before hitting a cross-cum-shot that is deflected out for a corner by Bonucci. James to take.

49 min: James tries to whip the free kick into the top right corner. The ball nestles in the upper right corner of the stand behind.

48 min: … but then the game comes back to life at last! Dimarco curls brutally from the left. Scamacca can’t quite get on the end of the low cross to fire home. England immediately counter through Sterling, who dribbles down the inside-left channel and draws a cynical foul from Bonucci. Yellow card for the Italian captain, and a free kick in a very dangerous position, just to the left of the D.

46 min: A messy start to the half, with both teams passing possession far too easily. It does not bode well.

Italy kicks off the second half. There were no half-time changes.

Part-time mailbag. “Dear Christ, this is terrible, isn’t it? Two games out of a World Cup? Yes.” Ben Watson there, with an email that reads even sadder if you come at it from an Italian perspective.

Meanwhile instead of a meaningful performance at San Siro, Kári Tulinius reports: “Finland’s first half against Romania was decently entertaining. The latter were probably the better team, but Teemu Pukki is a forward who can reliably shoot the ball hard and hit the goal, so despite Romania having more and better chances, the Eagle Owls lead 1-0. Enjoy the second half!” We will try.

ALSO HALF TIME: Germany 0-1 Hungary. Adam Szalai with the only goal so far on 17 minutes. As things stand, Hungary will win Group A3 and reach the final.

HALF TIME: Italy 0-0 England

The referee goes off for 44 minutes and 59 seconds. You can’t blame him. That wasn’t much of a show. Channel 4 does not benefit much from this England deal, will they

43 min: Another Foden free kick from the left. This one is better, towards Rice on the right edge of the six-yard box. Bonucci is forced to look out for a corner, but it will never be taken as the whistle goes for a kick. Rice really didn’t do too much harm there, and looks understandably furious.

42 min: Kane is given an absurd amount of space to meet. He paces down the middle, thinks about a pass, thinks again, then soars over the 30-yard bar. Donnarumma calmly watches the ball sail away.

40 min: Italy push England back Acerbi threatens down the inside-left channel, but then Foden cuts in the path and wins a free-kick. The pressure on England is released.

38 min: Scamacca knocks down a long ball for Cristante, who creams a first-time shot goalwards. It turns away from danger, from the back of its own man Scamacca.

37 min: Bellingham meets the corner on the edge of the box, but can only send a weak keeper through to Donnarumma. England suddenly took it up.

36 min: Bellingham works down the right and scores England angle James takes. More trifle. Dimarco is forced to hack out for another corner on the same side. James to take again.

35 min: Free kick for England out on the left side. Foden’s free kick is halved. James, rolling down the inside-right side, has a speculative strike. The ball dribbles through the Italian box and out for what should have been a corner … but the referee awards a goal kick instead.

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