THE stage is set for a thrilling end to the European championship 2020, which has been pure entertainment from the onset of the tournament. The tournament will reach its end on Sunday being 11th of June, 2021 at Wembley Stadium, London when Roberto Mancini’s Italy team will battle it out with Gareth Southgate’s England team. The journey which began for “The Azzuri’s” and “The Three Lions” in flying colours as they both finished as leaders in their groups and going into the quarter-final and eliminating Austria in their knockout fixture, Italy faced a quite formidable Belgium side and eventually won the game 2:1 to put themselves in the semi-final of the tournament.
The Azzuri side had a very big job in the semi-final as they were to play against a difficult Spanish team, if they were to make it to the final and also preserve their unbeaten streak. This they did, although the match went into penalties, they rescued their unbeaten streak and put themselves in the final of the tournament. England on the other hand, did a very wonderful job in their quarter-final fixture as they battered Ukraine 4:0 and going into the semi-final, they had to continue with their red hot form as they were to face the highly motivated Danish side. Like the match between Italy and Spain, England also played a 1:1 draw with Denmark in the 90 minutes of the game and then went into extra time and finished the job as their top striker, Harry Kane converted his rebound penalty to send his team to their first final in fifty-five (55) years.
Some very important mouth-watering facts you need to know: England’s victory over Denmark in the Semi-final of the Euro-2020 has seen the The Three Lions break their semi-final jinx. They have not gotten to any final in international competitions since winning the World cup in 1966. That is 55 years since England national team were in any international final, they have ultimately ended 55 years of failure, 55 years of pain for themselves and their fans. Can they finally win their first European championship?
Harry Kane, having scored his rebound penalty, takes his goal tally in this tournament to 4 and puts him on a driving sit as one of the contenders for the golden boot. Can he score two goals in the final?. More importantly, his goal sets him as England’s joint top goal scorer in major tournaments (European championship and World cup), alongside Gary Lineker on Ten (10) goals. Jordan Pickford, the Three Lions first choice goalkeeper in this tournament has set new record for himself and the England national team after going 721 minutes without conceding. Italy go into the final of the tournament without their star left back, Spinazzola after suffering an Achilles Tendonitis Injury in their quarter-final win over Belgium.
The stage is ultimately set for a mouth-watering end to this tournament. Credit to Italy and England for their high spirits and wonderful performances throughout this tournament, really commendable, but there is room for just one winner. Who will lift the trophy? Who will leave Wembley pained? Is football coming “Home” to England? Or is it going to “Rome”?. Can England win their first international trophy after 55 years?. Well, time will tell. Stay glued to your screens and enjoy premium entertainment from the final between Italy and England that promises to be absolutely breathtaking.