England suffer Nations League relegation after defeat by Italy

 

England’s relegation from League A was confirmed as Gareth Southgate’s side were defeated 1-0 by Italy at the San Siro in the Nations League.

Going into the game, the Three Lions needed to at least avoid defeat in Milan to stand a chance of taking their fate into the final match in Group A3 against Germany on Monday.

The Italians almost took an early lead in the eighth minute, but Federico Dimarco’s cross was headed onto the bar by Gianluca Scamacca, with Nick Pope getting the faintest of touches on the ball to help it onto the woodwork.

Despite what was at stake, the game struggled to get into life following that early Italy chance as both sides were unable to create many more clear opportunities in the first half.

The Azzurri finally broke the deadlock in the 68th minute, as Giacomo Raspadori fired in a brilliant powerful strike into the far corner from inside the penalty area.

Italy almost doubled their lead with six minutes remaining, but Dimarco’s shot towards the far post came back off the upright.

Roberto Mancini’s side held on to inflict England’s third defeat in five international matches.

 

 

Source: Modern Ghana