MATCHDAY: England and Italy meet again in the Nations League



England’s Harry Kane scores his team’s first goal during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Germany and England at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, June 7, 2022. (Christian Charisius/DPA via AP)


A look at what was happening in European football on Saturday:


It’s a repeat of last year’s EURO final when England hosted Italy. This time the match will not take place at Wembley Stadium – where crowd riots broke out before Italy won a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw – but at Molineux, home of English Premier League side Wolverhampton. England have been ordered to host the game without fans over the Euro 2020 final riots, but UEFA regulations allow a few thousand children aged 14 and under from schools or football academies to attend the game for free, accompanied by an adult. The teams are playing their third Nations League group game in seven days, with Italy drawing against Germany and beating Hungary at home and England losing to Hungary before drawing against Germany. Hungary host Germany in the group’s other game. In another top group, the Netherlands host Poland and Belgium visit Wales. There are games in three other groups, including Ukraine versus Armenia in Poland – unable to play at home due to the Russian invasion – and Ireland hosting Scotland.


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