Two of the world’s football giants will be on display in the final of the 2020 European Championship, as Italy and England meet on Sunday in London. Even with their rich history, the two have only combined to win one previous Euro title (Italy in 1968).
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Euros Final: When and How to Watch
Date: Sunday, July 11, 2021
Time: 3 PM (ET)
Venue: Wembley Stadium
ITALY at #EURO2020
Italy breezed through the group stage, going a perfect 3-0 and outscoring their foes 7-0. The knockout rounds have been much tougher: 2-1 over Austria and an identical score in the quarterfinals vs. Belgium. In the semifinals, Italy needed a penalty shootout to oust Spain.
ENGLAND at #EURO2020
England also went undefeated in the group stage, with wins over Croatia and the Czech Republic and a tie vs. Scotland. The scoring increased in the knockout rounds, with a 2-0 win over Germany followed by a 4-0 win over Ukraine. England made it through their first five games without conceding a goal, before Denmark opened the scoring in the semifinals; England came back for the 2-1 win in extra time.
SERIES HISTORY AT EURO
The two nations have only met twice previously at the Euros. Italy won 1-0 in the group stage in 1980, and the Italians advanced past England in the 2012 quarterfinals on PKs (4-2) after a scoreless regulation.
ITALY EURO HISTORY
Italy will be going for Euro gold for the first time since 2012, when they lost to Spain, 4-0. They are making just their third finals appearance overall. The Azzurri have only raised the European Championship trophy once in their history, winning the 1968 tournament (it was also their first time qualifying and they served as the host nation).
ENGLAND EURO HISTORY
This is the first time England has ever advanced to the final game at the European Championships. The previous best finish for the Three Lions was reaching the semifinals in both 1968 (their first time qualifying) and again in 1996 (when England was the host country).
The 2020 final will feature two of the top-ranked teams in the current FIFA rankings, as England sits fourth and Italy is seventh. In fact, the semifinals had four of the top 10 teams in the world rankings with Spain (#6) and Denmark (#10).
For only the second time in the history of the European Championships, which dates back to 1960, Wembley Stadium will serve as the host venue. In 1996, Germany defeated the Czech Republic 2-1 in the old Wembley Stadium. This version of Wembley was opened in 2007, and UK officials have said the capacity will be at 75%, which will allow 60,000 fans into the final.