England got their revenge after defeating the side that eliminated them from the 2012 Euros. Roy Hodgson’s side came from behind and defeated Italy at Wankdorfstadion. Daniele De Rossi opened up the score board with a header but minutes later Jagielka leveled the playing field and Jermain Defoe would score a stunning goal at the last few minutes of the game.
The opening minutes of the encounter weren’t exactly electrifying or anything of that matter and instead the pitch was rather quiet as neither side could manage to create some real chances on scoring.
Having 15 minutes gone by and the momentum of the game was still the same but things were about to change when the Italian captain De Rossi flicked the ball past England’s goalkeeper Butland scoring the 1rst goal of the match.
Following De Rossi’s goal, Italy began to pressure upfront trying to force the opposition on making a mistake and capitalizing on it. Destro tried his luck with a header of his own into England’s net but it was denied by Butland.
Jagielka responded to Italy’s goal with a similar effort at the 25th minute. Frank Lampard was the man in charge to launch a corner into the penalty box of Italy and his cross was met by Jagielka who headed it into the further side of Salvatore Sirigu and inside the net.
A number of substitutions were made for England as Hodgson decided to make his entire bench play in the 2nd half which included: Defoe, Lescott, Milner, Livermore and their 2nd goalkeeper Bertrand while Italy also made some of their own changes as they added Gabbiadini, Poli, Varrati and Ac.Milan’s El Sharaawy.
Although however the only one who would actually make an impact on the game was Defoe when he received the ball down the left hand side of the penalty box and he made his way past Ignacio Abate before launching a powerful shot into the top net of Sirigu. There wasn’t enough time on the match for Italy to get back on track as England triumphed.
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