(England 0-0 Italy) England had the opportunity to make up for the loss in the European Championship final last summer, but they did not take advantage of that opportunity. Now England must take care to avoid relegation to level B.
The white jersey was not a good start to this year’s Nations League edition. Two draws and one loss against Hungary is the result after three matches.
With a draw at home to Italy on Saturday, and Hungary taking one point against Germany in the group’s second game, it is the specter of a small relegation that threatens England.
“I think both teams are happy with the tie here,” says Erik Thorstvedt on TV 2 studio after the match.
Mason Mount repeated the word “disappointed” several times in an interview shown on the second television broadcast.
No wonder Mount echoed the word “disappointed.” There were plenty of opportunities for both teams to secure three points.
The Italians had a huge chance already after two minutes of play when David Frattisi played well, but the end went to the side only to score the goal.
The English could not be worse. Minutes later, the home team folded nicely. Raheem Sterling found a mountain in a delicious way. The latter was allowed to shoot without pressure from five to six meters, but he was not very friendly with his foot and fired the ball into the crossbar.
England had the most ball count in the team, but it took some time between each good attack. When Italy got the ball forward on the field, it was effective. Sandro Tonali could have sent Italy into the lead after a fine attack from Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Manuel Locatelli, but Aaron Ramsdale saved it brilliantly.
Italy had the biggest finishing touches, but Ramsdale was top scorer in the first half.
The biggest absolute chance on Saturday night was given by Sterling, who hit the goal from two meters away with an open goal after a good participation from Reece James. He was an obvious Manchester City player who had to watch the ball fly off the goal.
After that opportunity, the second half was marked by England who dominated possession of the ball, but were not allowed to use it against a good Italian defence.
Quality was low on both attacks for large parts of the second half, and there was no telling he ended up splitting points.
England will meet Hungary at home next Tuesday, while Italy will meet Germany abroad.
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