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83 minutes: Bellingham clears a little space along the canal inside to the left, his twists earn himself the right to shoot. He aims for the top left corner, but he leans back and the ball always flies over.

82 minutes: With ten minutes to go in Germany it is still 1-0 for Hungary. As things stand, all Group A3 business will be concluded tonight. Hungary win the group and advance to the final, while England are relegated to level B. Situation.

81 minutes: Before it can be taken, goalscorer Raspadori is replaced by Gabbiadini. James then sees his free kick sent safely by Donnarumma.

80 minutes: Di Lorenzo is shown a yellow card for a reasonable agricultural block on Grealish, just to the left of Italy’s D. A free kick in a dangerous position.

78 minutes: England continues to push Italy back, albeit without another chance. They’ve looked a little brighter since Grealish’s introduction. “Looking with a mixed assortment of Neapolitans and English here in Naples,” reports Colum Fordham. “Massive reaction from the Neapolitan contingent to the brilliantly shot goal by Raspadori, Napoli’s new young striker.”

76 minutes: Neither is this. Foden, Grealish and Bellingham shuttle the ball from left to right across the Italy playing field. Bellingham slides one through the channel for Kane, who pearls low and hard towards the goal. Donnarumma parries brilliantly. Kane tries again. Donnarumma blocks again. Italy clear. That is England’s best move of the game.

74 minutes: Kane tries to shut down Donnarumma. The Italian sends him away with a brutal Cruyff Turn. That probably didn’t improve the England captain’s bad mood.

72 minutes: Southgate responds by sending Grealish and Shaw to Saka and Walker.

71 minutes: James drives in a free kick from the right. Dier does not get his header on goal. Mile wide right.

70 minutes: Walker offered Raspadori way too much space and time there. None of England’s other defenders seemed particularly engaged either. As things stand now, England will be relegated from the top tier.

GOAL! Italy 1-0 England (Raspadori 68)

Not very much, a miracle goal! Raspadori takes a speculative pass through the inner left channel. He takes it out of the air, taps to the left, drops one shoulder to the right, sends Walker to the shops and fires a sensational shot over Pope to the right side of the target. A helluva ending!

Giacomo Raspadori scores a rasper to put Italy ahead.
Giacomo Raspadori scores a rasper to put Italy ahead. Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images

66 minutes: One corner on the right leads to another on the left. Dimarco takes. Pope strikes again clearly, and this time England clears their lines. Bellingham is clipped by Cristante causing Kane to sound in the referee’s face. A little bit of edge comes into this game.

65 minutes: Di Lorenzo rolls a flat-footed Maguire to the right and pulls a foul. England don’t take the resulting free kick and Raspadori shoots from a tight corner on the right. Pope lunges for a corner.

63 minutes: Italy makes a double change by replacing Scamacca and Barella with Pobega and Gnonto.

61 minutes: From the corner, Bellingham goes up for a high ball with Barella. The pair collide with Bellingham in mid-air and the English man falls on his back. He’s out of breath. England claim a foul – it was right on the edge of the penalty area – but both the referee and VAR ruled it to be a 50-50 accident. There was no malice on Barella’s part, but it was a clumsy challenge and you’ve seen fouls for less.

Jude Bellingham falls to pieces.
Jude Bellingham falls to pieces. Photo: James Williamson/AMA/Getty Images

60 minutes: Sent into space on the right, Kane fires low and hard through the six-yard box. Sterling hopes to get to the end via the left post, but Toloi shoots out just in time for a corner.

59 minutes: Bellingham romp through the middle and shoot a pass wide to the left for Foden, who tries to find Kane by the far stick. Acerbi comes on the road to fold out for a corner, but the flag goes up for offside.

57 minutes: Raspadori throws a cute pass to the left for Dimarco, who rolls the ball into the penalty area for Barella. He has to score from ten yards, beating only Pope, but his effort goes wide to the right. What a miss! His blush is spared when the flag is raised for offside.

55 minutes: Kane takes matters into his own hands and wanders off again. The referee comes over to give him a little joke, but doesn’t make the injury worse by booking him for insubordination.

54 minutes: Kane is good to go on, yes, but he can’t go back yet. He smokes, but it looks like he’s still bleeding, so the assistant referee doesn’t allow him anymore.

Ouch! Photo: Nick Potts/PA

53 minutes: Replays show Toloi accidentally punching Kane in the mouth. There’s quite a bit of blood, but the physio mops it up, stops the flow, and the England captain will be good to continue.

51 minutes: James strikes long on the cross. Kane goes upstairs with Toloi. The ball sails over their heads and out for a goal kick. Kane, meanwhile, falls to the ground holding his face. On comes the physio.

50 minutes: Kane makes his way through the canal into the left before hitting a cross-cum-shot that is deflected by Bonucci for a corner. to take James.

49 minutes: James tries to curl the free kick into the top right corner. The ball settles in the top right corner of the stands behind it.

48 minutes: … but then the game finally comes to life! Dimarco curls in viciously from the left. Scamacca can’t get all the way to the end of the low cross to shoot home. England immediately countered via Sterling, who dribbles in through the left channel and pulls a cynical foul from Bonucci. A yellow card to the Italian captain and a free kick in a very dangerous position just to the left of the D.

46 minutes: A stiff start to the break, with both teams bringing possession of the ball far too easily. It doesn’t bode well.

Italy starts the second half. There have been no interim changes.

Half-time mailbag. “Dear Christ, this is terrible, isn’t it? Two matches of a World Cup? Yaks.” Ben Watson joins in, with an email that reads even more somber when viewed from an Italian perspective.

Meanwhile, instead of meaningful action in San Siro, Kári Tulinius reports: “The first half of Finland v Romania was quite entertaining. The latter were probably the better side, but Teemu Pukki is a striker who can fire the ball reliably hard and hit the target, so despite Romania having more and better chances, the Eagle-Owls lead 1-0. Enjoy the 2nd half!” We’ll try.

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ALSO HALF TIME: Germany 0-1 Hungary. Adam Szalai with the only goal so far at 17 minutes. As things stand, Hungary will win Group A3 and reach the final.

HALF TIME: Italy 0-0 England

The referee blows up at 44 minutes and 59 seconds. You can’t blame him. That wasn’t much of a spectacle. Channel 4 isn’t getting much bang for their buck from this deal with England, anyway.

43 minutes: Another free kick from Foden from the left. This one is better, towards Rice on the right edge of the six-yard box. Bonucci has to raise his eyebrows for a corner, but it is never taken, because the whistle signal is for pushing. Rice really didn’t do much wrong there and looks understandably incensed.

42 minutes: Kane is given an absurd amount of space to run into. He strides through the middle, thinks about passing, thinks again, then exposes across the bar from 100 feet. Donnarumma calmly watches as the ball sails away.

40 minutes: Italy pushes England back. Acerbi threatens to enter through the channel on the left, but then Foden squeezes in and wins a free kick. The pressure on England is lifted.

38 minutes: Scamacca knocks down a long ball for Cristante, who caresses a first shot into the goal. It departs from the danger, on the back of its own man Scamacca.

37 minutes: Bellingham meets the corner at the edge of the box, but can only send a weak bouncer to Donnarumma. England has suddenly stepped it up a notch.

36 minutes: Bellingham makes his way to the right and gives England a corner. James takes. More trivial. Dimarco is forced to cut out for another corner on the same side. James to take again.

35 minutes: Free kick for England on the left wing. Foden’s free kick is half cleared. James, romping down the inside right wing, has a speculative swat. Downplaying the ball makes its way through the Italian penalty area and out for what should have been a corner… but the referee awards a goal kick instead.

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