Italy vs England: A look at previous meetings and past results ahead of Euro 2020 final

The teams have faced each other 27 times, the Azzurri winning 11 to England's eight, with eight draws.


Key Highlights:

•The teams have faced each other 27 times, the Azzurri winning 11 to England’s eight, with eight draws.


• Italy failed to win any of the sides’ first eight meetings; England have managed a solitary win in the last seven.

• England suffered tournament-ending losses in both the teams’ previous EURO encounters. Marco Tardelli’s late goal earned the Azzurri hosts a 1-0 win in the 1980 group stage while Italy prevailed on penalties (remember Andrea Pirlo’s Panenka!) in the 2012 quarter-finals.

• Italy have never lost to England at a major finals, with 2-1 FIFA World Cup victories in 1990 (third-place play-off) and 2014 (group stage) on top of those EURO triumphs.

Sunday July 11, 2021 England and Italy face off in a EURO 2020 final under the Wembley Stadium arch.

And indeed, by the close of the day, the trophy will either be remaining home or heading away from London to Rome.

England, under the stewardship of Gareth Southgate, are writing their own history at a tournament which was supposed to be held in 2020 but moved forward due to the coronavirus pandemic.

England celebrate the equalizer against Denmark in the semi-final|COURTESY PHOTO.

Despite drawing 0-0 against Scotland in their group opener, the Three Lions have since registered wins over Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Ukraine and Denmark.

After such an amazing run,England face an in-form Italy side coached by Roberto Mancini in their first final of a major since 1966.

The Azzurri on the other hand, have beaten Turkey, Switzerland, Wales, Austria, Belgium and Spain on their way to the final to extend an unbeaten run stretching back 33 games under Mancini.

The Italian team jubilate after ejecting Spain at the semi-final|COURTESY PHOTO.

Records show that England and Italy have played each other 27 times.

England have recorded eight wins from those past meetings, with nine draws and 10 losses for the Three Lions in all competitions.

The first recorded meeting between the two teams was on May 13,1933 in Rome and ended in a 1-1 draw.

The Euro 2020 final will be the first meeting between England and Italy since 27 March 2018, when a late Lorenzo Insigne penalty cancelled out a Jamie Vardy strike at Wembley Stadium.

From that England side, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, John Stones, Raheem Sterling and substitutes Jordan Henderson and Marcus Rashford remain part of the squad for Euro 2020.

While Gianluigi Donnarumma, Leonardo Bonucci, Jorginho, Ciro Immobile and substitutes Federico Chiesa and Andrea Belotti were also in the Italy side and are part of the Italian squad.

England fans have to go back to 15 August 2012 for the last time the Three Lions recorded a win over Italy – their only victory from the past eight meetings between the two proud nations.

Daniele De Rossi put the Azzurri ahead in the international friendly fixture at Stade de Suisse in Bern, Switzerland, before Phil Jagielka levelled and Jermain Defoe bagged the winner.

The game came just six weeks after Italy knocked England out of Euro 2012 on penalties.

That Euro 2012 quarter final in Kyiv, Ukraine, was the last time the two nations met at the Euros.

Italian XI against England at Euro 2012.

After a goalless 120 minutes, Italy got the better of England on penalties – winning 4-2 as Ashley Young and Ashley Cole missed spot kicks for Roy Hodgson’s side.

The match is probably best remembered for Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo’s cheeky ‘Panenka’ penalty to fox goalkeeper Joe Hart with England winning in the shootout.

Young missed England’s next penalty and the rest is history. Italy came runners up that year.

England XI against Italy at Euro 2012.

The last time England and Italy met at a major tournament was at the 2014 World Cup.

Daniel Sturridge cancelled out Claudio Marchisio opener before Mario Balotelli scored what proved to be the winner for the Italians, who also had Giorgio Chiellini in the side that day.

England have never beaten Italy at a major tournament – either at the Euros or the World Cup.

The first meeting between the nations at a major tournament came at Euro 1980, with Marco Tardelli scoring the only goal of the group stage game.

A third place play off at the 1990 World Cup went the way of home nation Italy, thanks to goals from Roberto Baggio and Salvatore Schillaci. David Platt briefly equalised on the night.

Then came the 2012 heartbreak in the Euros before another meeting just two years later at the World Cup was also won by Italy.