‘Football’s diving home’: The Italians step up the mind games ahead of Euro 2020 final against England after Three Lions booked Wembley date following controversial penalty decision
- The Italians have stepped up the mind games ahead of the Euro 2020 final
- England beat Denmark 2-1 thanks to a controversial penalty in extra-time
- Raheem Sterling went down under a challenge from Joakim Maehle
- But some Italians accused the England forward of diving to win the spot-kick
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here
The Italians have already started the mind games ahead of their Euro 2020 final with England on Sunday.
After watching Roberto Mancini’s side beat Spain on penalties on Tuesday, the Three Lions beat 2-1 Denmark in extra-time a day later. With the game 1-1 after 90 minutes, England were awarded a penalty in the first half of extra-time after Raheem Sterling was brought down by Joakim Maehle.
Harry Kane’s spot-kick was saved but the striker scored the rebound. But some Italians accused England forward Sterling of diving to win the penalty, with beIN Sports correspondent Tancredi Palmeri tweeting: ‘It’s diving home’.
The Italians have ramped up the mind games by accusing England of diving to make the Euro 2020 final
Raheem Sterling won a penalty in extra-time which allowed England the chance to get the goal they needed to win 2-1
This is not the first time Italians have poked fun at England’s football anthem.
Several supporters were seen with signs which read: ‘It’s coming Rome!’ at their semi-final on Tuesday.
Another poster read: ‘It’s coming home but not in yours’.
Italy may have felt England’s penalty was soft but back in the quarter-final Ciro Immobile was mocked for his play-acting against Belgium.
Italy fans mocked England’s anthem ‘It’s coming home’ with signs that read: ‘It’s coming Rome’
The Azzuri supporters are confident that they can end their long wait for Euros glory
The Lazio striker went to ground in the box after a slight coming together with Jan Vertonghen.
Immobile began to writhe around the ground in pain in an apparent attempt to try and win a penalty for his side, who were still on the attack in Munich.
As Immobile was rolling around on the ground, Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella got onto the ball and created some space before putting his side ahead with a great strike past Thibaut Courtois.
Barella’s effort sparked jubilant Italian celebrations – something that Immobile was very keen to be part of.
The lethal striker leapt to his feet and looked around as he jogged over to join his team-mates in the celebrations.
Italy may have felt England’s penalty was soft but back in the quarter-final Ciro Immobile was mocked for his play-acting against Belgium
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