83 mins: Bellingham makes some space in the inside left channel, his twists earning him the right to shoot. He aims for the top left, but he leans back and the ball still flies overhead.
82 minutes: Ten minutes from the end in Germany, it’s still 1-0 for Hungary. As it stands, all Group A3 business will be completed tonight. Hungary will win the group and advance to the final, while England will be relegated to Tier B. As is.
81 mins: Before he can be taken, striker Raspadori is replaced by Gabbiadini. James then sees his free kick dispatched without incident by Donnarumma.
80 minutes: Di Lorenzo is booked for a fairly agricultural block on Grealish, just left of Italy D. A free kick in a dangerous position.
78 minutes: England continue to push back against Italy, but without getting another chance. They look a bit brighter since the introduction of Grealish. “Watching with a mixed assortment of Neapolitans and English here in Naples,” reports Colum Fordham. “Massive reaction from the Neapolitan contingent to the superbly taken goal by Raspadori, the new young Napoli striker.”
76 mins: Neither does that. Foden, Grealish and Bellingham pass the ball from left to right across the surface of the Italian penalty area. Bellingham slides one into the channel for Kane, who beads low and hard towards goal. Donnarumma parries brilliantly. Kane tries again. Donnarumma blocks again. Italy clear. It was England’s best shot of the match.
74 mins: Kane tries to shut down Donnarumma. The Italian keeper sees him off with a cheeky Cruyff Turn. This is unlikely to have improved the English captain’s bad temper.
72 minutes: Southgate responds by sending Grealish and Shaw for Saka and Walker.
71 mins: James throws a free kick from the right. Dier can’t fit his head. Miles wide right.
70 minutes: Walker gave Raspadori far too much space and time there. None of the other England defenders seemed particularly excited either. As things stand, England will be relegated from the top tier.
On not much at all, a wonderful goal! Raspadori takes delivery of a speculative pass into the inside left channel. He knocks him out of the sky, takes a touch to the left, drops a shoulder to the right, sending Walker into the shops, and launches a sensational shot through Pope and into the right side of the goal. One hell of a finish!
66 mins: A right turn leads to another left. Dimarco takes. Pope strikes again, and this time England clears their lines. Bellingham is cut by Cristante causing Kane to ring in the referee’s face. A little advantage in this game.
65 minutes: Di Lorenzo rolls a flat-footed Maguire down the right, drawing a foul. England failed to clear the resulting free kick and Raspadori ended up shooting from a tight angle down the right. Pope kicks in for a corner.
63 mins: Italy make a double change, replacing Scamacca and Barella with Pobega and Gnonto.
61 mins: From the corner, Bellingham goes up for a high ball with Barella. The pair collide with Bellingham in the air and the England man falls onto his back. He is out of breath. England claim a foul – it was just at the edge of the penalty area – but the referee and VAR rule an accident 50-50. There was no malice on Barella’s part, but it was an awkward challenge, and you saw fouls given for less.
60 minutes: Kane is sent into space in the bottom right and shoots low and hard through the six-yard box. Sterling hopes to reach the end through the left post, but Toloi comes out for a corner, just in time.
59 mins: Bellingham goes wild in the middle and sprays a wide left pass for Foden, who tries to find Kane at the furthest bat. Acerbi gets in the way to go out for a corner, but the flag is up for offside.
57 mins: Raspadori throws a nice pass down the left for Dimarco, who rolls the ball into the box for Barella. He needs to score from ten yards, with only Pope to beat, but slips his effort to the right. What a failure! His blushes are spared when the flag is raised for offside.
55 mins: Kane takes matters into his own hands and comes back anyway. The referee comes to give him a little beating, but does not add insult to injury by reserving him for insubordination.
54 mins: Kane is good to go, yes, but he hasn’t been cleared to return yet. He fumes, but looks like he’s still bleeding, and so the assistant ref won’t allow him to come back.
53 mins: Replays show Toloi accidentally punching Kane in the mouth. There’s a lot of blood but the physio wipes it up, stems the flow, and the England captain will be good to carry on.
51 mins: James hits the cross long. Kane rides with Toloi. The ball sails over their heads and goes out for a goal kick. Meanwhile, Kane crashes to the ground clutching his face. The physio arrives.
50 mins: Kane fights his way into the inside left channel before hitting a cross shot which is deflected for a corner by Bonucci. James to take.
49 mins: James tries to whip the free kick into the top right corner. The ball nestles in the upper right corner of the stand behind.
48 mins: … but the game is finally coming to life! Dimarco curls up violently from the left. Scamacca can’t quite get to the end of the low cross to shoot home. England immediately countered with Sterling, who dribbled into the inside left channel and fired a cynical foul from Bonucci. A yellow card for the Italian captain, and a free kick in a very dangerous position, just to the left of the D.
46 mins: A disjointed start to the half, with both teams dispatching possession far too easily. This does not bode well.
Italy start the second half. There was no change at halftime.
Mailbag at halftime. “Dear Christ, that’s awful, isn’t it? Two games of a World Cup? Ouch. Ben Watson there, with an email that reads even darker if you approach it from an Italian perspective.
Meanwhile, instead of meaningful action at the San Siro, Kári Tulinius reports: “Finland’s first half against Romania was decently entertaining. The latter have probably been the better team, but Teemu Pukki is a striker who can reliably shoot hard and hit the target, so despite Romania having more and more chances, the Eagle-Owls lead 1-0. Enjoy the 2nd half! We will try.
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ALSO HALF-TIME: Germany 0-1 Hungary. Adam Szalai with the only goal so far in 17 minutes. As it stands, Hungary will win Group A3 and advance to the final.
The referee explodes at 44 minutes and 59 seconds. You can’t blame him. It wasn’t really a show. Channel 4 isn’t getting its money’s worth with this deal with England, is it.
43 mins: Another free kick from Foden from the left. This one is better, towards Rice on the right edge of the penalty area. Bonucci is forced to frown for a corner, but it will never be taken, because the whistle is worth to hustle. Rice really didn’t do too much harm there and seems understandably furious.
42 mins: Kane has an absurd space in which to run. He advances in the middle, thinks of passing, thinks again, then blooters above the bar at 30 meters. Donnarumma calmly watches the ball go away.
40 mins: Italy repels England. Acerbi threatens down the inside left channel, but Foden slips into the road and wins a free kick. The pressure on England is released.
38 mins: Scamacca knocks down a long ball for Cristante, who scores a first shot on goal. He swerves away from danger, on the back of his own man Scamacca.
37 mins: Bellingham meets the corner on the edge of the box but can only send a weak bouncer to Donnarumma. England suddenly shifted into high gear.
36 mins: Bellingham force their way to the right and give England a corner. James takes. More trifles. Dimarco is forced to hack another corner from the same side. James to resume.
35 mins: Free kick for England on the left sideline. Foden’s free kick is half cleared. James, surging down the inside right flank, has a speculative shot. The ball makes its way through the Italian penalty area and out for what should be a corner kick… but the referee awards a goal kick instead.