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Italy v England – Key facts ahead of Sunday’s final

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FOOTBALL – The Azzurri may have the edge over England as far as head-to-head stats are concerned, but will that matter in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final? Italy v England – the key stats.

The Italy v England match is scheduled for July 11, 9 p.m. (CET) at Wembley Stadium, London. The referee is Bjorn Kuipers of the Netherlands.

Head to head

England and Italy have met 27 times to date. The Italians are ahead with 11 wins over England’s 8. There have been 8 draws.

The last two meetings were friendlies resulting in 1-1 draws (2018, 2015). In the 2014 World Cup, Italy won 2-1. Another friendly in 2012 saw England win 2-1. Also in 2012, the teams met in the quarter-finals of the European Championship with a 0-0 draw; the match was decided on penalties which Italy won 4-2.

Penalty shoot-out record

England’s penalty shoot-out record is not the best with three wins and six loses from the nine occasions.

Italy have a marginally better win average, winning 5 out of 12.

No team has won two penalty shoot-outs at the same Euro tournament.

Record in finals

Italy are in their 10th major final – six World Cups, four Euros. Only Germany have played in more among European nations (14).

England in contrast are in only their second ever major final since the 1966 World Cup, which they won. This is their first ever appearance in a Euro final. The gap between this and the World Cup of ’66 is also the longest gap (55 years) between major finals (World Cup or Euros) for any European nation.

Is this the moment when England reverse their fortunes? History weighs heavily in favour of the Azzurri who have never lost against England at a major tournament (W3 D1). Italy won 1-0 at Euro 1980, 2-1 at both the 1990 and 2014 World Cups and won 4-2 on penalties at Euro 2012 after a goalless draw.

Form going into the final

Italy are unbeaten in their last 33 matches in all competitions (W27 D6). They have scored 86 goals and conceded 10 during the run. This is their longest unbeaten stretch of matches.

England have won 15 of their last 17 matches at Wembley (D1 L1) and are unbeaten in their last 12 matches in all competitions (W11 D1). At Wembley, they scored 46 goals and conceded five in that run.

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