The Euro 2020 final is here at last, albeit a year later than scheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and London will stage a heavyweight clash between England and Italy at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.Roberto Mancini’s Italy are seeking the Azzurri’s first European title since 1968, while England are attempting to win a major tournament for only the second time, having last tasted success at the 1966 World Cup.
Fans react as they watch the Euro 2020 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Belgium and Italy.
Fans react as they watch the Euro 2020 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Belgium and Italy from the UEFA Fan Zone in Piazza del Popolo, in Rome, Italy, Friday, July 2, 2021.Cecilia Fabiano | La Press via The Associated Press
By Ben Axelson | firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s Italy vs. England in the 2020 UEFA Euro final at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday, July 11 (7/11/2021), at 3:00 p.m. ET.
The match will be broadcast on ESPN and TUDN, and can be streamed live on fuboTV, ESPN+, Sling and other live TV streaming services.
England will be fighting for its first ever European Championship in front of a friendly home crowd, but Italy — who have not won the championship since 1968 — brings the momentum of a staggering 33-game unbeaten streak into Sunday’s final.
In the semifinals, Italy drew with Spain 1-1, but won 4-2 on penalties. England beat Denmark 2-1 to advance.
Here’s how to watch the game:
What: UEFA Euro 2020 final
Who: Italy vs. England
When: Sunday, July 11
Where: Wembley Stadium
Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN, TUDN (Spanish language)
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Story by The Associated Press
LONDON (AP) — Playing at the European Championship has been a very welcome feeling for England defender John Stones. Thanks, in part, to the refereeing.
While Premier League games are often punctuated by long pauses for drawn-out video review checks, that hasn’t been the case over the last month with refereeing overseen by UEFA at Euro 2020.
A higher threshold for intervening to potentially overturn on-field decisions cuts out pauses in games.
“They wanted everything to go quite swiftly and move and keep the game flowing,” Stones said Friday. “I’d like to see that maybe definitely coming to the Premier League next season if they can kind of, not speed the game, but keep it flowing a little bit more. That would be a good thing that’s probably come out of this tournament.”
So quick are some of the VAR checks that it might not seem one is even taking place.
In Sunday’s final at Wembley Stadium, Dutch referee Björn Kuipers will oversee the match between England and Italy.
“We want the minimum interference for the maximum benefit and we want to intervene (only) for clear and obvious mistakes,” UEFA chief refereeing officer Robert Rosetti said during the tournament.
“We need to find the correct balance in the line of intervention, because our target is to keep football like it is. It’s not acceptable to study all the minor pushing or pulling, or minor contacts and marginal contacts independently. The laws of the game are clear.”
Unlike competitions, including the Premier League, calls like offside aren’t being dissected on television forensically with dotted lines and detailed geometry.
“The time that is taken for the decisions has been really quick,” Stones said. “It seems that sometimes from our point of view, we want it to be kind of checked a little bit more.”
Not so on Wednesday, perhaps, when Raheem Sterling won the penalty that led to England’s winner against Denmark in the semifinals. Bursting into the penalty area in extra time, Sterling appeared to lose his balance following a challenge by Joakim Maehle. The winger eventually fell to the ground after a nudge from another Denmark player, Mathias Jensen.