Having enjoyed a combined 12 consecutive appearances at World Cups and European Championships between 1994 and 2016 — reaching four finals and winning the 2006 World Cup in the process — the Azzurri were one of the shock casualties of Russia 2018 qualifying, finishing second in their group behind Spain before losing 1-0 to Sweden across two legs in a play-off.
But since then, Roberto Mancini has taken the reigns, setting about revamping and reinventing one of world football’s international powerhouses, easing out the old guard and placing more responsibility on younger talents such as Nicolo Barella and Federico Chiesa.
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Italy qualified for this summer’s rescheduled showpiece in immense style, winning all 10 of their games in Group J, scoring 37 goals and conceding just four times along the way. Mancini’s men finished up 12 points clear of Finland in second, while the likes of Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina didn’t even appear in the rearview mirror.
It was plain sailing for the Azzurri through the group stages as they eased to three victories against Turkey, Switzerland and Wales, racking up seven goals in the process with zero in reply.
The Round of 16 tie with Austria caused more problems and Mancini’s men needed Extra Time to overcome die Burschen but they saved their best result so far for the Quarter Finals, where Belgium were dispatched 2-1 thanks to goals from Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne. Italy then booked their place in the final against England with a penalty shootout win over Spain.
Italy Euro 2020 odds
As they’ve progressed through the tournament, Italy have become more fancied but with the final moving into view, they are underdogs behind England, who have home advantage.
The injury to Leonardo Spinazzola that was suffered against Belgium could prove pivotal as the Roma man had been enjoying a fine tournament. Emerson is an able deputy but is seen as something of a weak spot that England can prey on. And Italy don’t have anyone in the squad as capable in the final third as Harry Kane.
Italy’s path to Euro 2020 final
As winners of their qualifying group, Italy were placed into Pot 1 for the Euro 2020 draw. Joining them in Group A were Turkey, Switzerland and finally Wales, who made it all the way to the semi-finals at the previous European Championships in 2016.
All three of those teams were dispatched with relative comfort and indeed Italy didn’t concede a goal until the Round of 16, when they needed extra time to overcome Austria by a 3-1 scoreline at Wembley.
After a 1-2 victory over Belgium in the final eight stage, Mancini’s side dispatched Spain on penalties to book a return to Wembley this Sunday.
Italy Euro 2020 results
Group Stage – 11 June 2021: Turkey 0-3 Italy
Group Stage – 16 June 2021: Italy 3-0 Switzerland
Group Stage – 20 June 2021: Italy 1-0 Wales
Round of 16 – 26 June 2021: Italy 3-1 Austria (AET)
Ciro Immobile is the figurehead of the Italian attack and is one of five Italian players to score twice at this tournament so far, alongside the likes of Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Chiesa. But it’d take a miraculous performance in the final from any of those players to catch Cristiano Ronaldo and Patrik Schick at the top of the standings on five goals, especially with Harry Kane (4) and Raheem Sterling (3) still in play.