England’s nightmare performance was followed by another defeat, followed by a 1-0 loss to Italy as the Three Lions roared off the pitch.
The result saw them relegated from League A of the Nations League for the first time. The team went five games without a win for the first time in eight years, failing to score in any of those games.
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“It’s hard to know exactly why we’re not scoring because I think we’re getting into the right position,” England manager Gareth Southgate told reporters.
“We had moments in the past where we didn’t deliver the final quality tonight.
“I understand the reaction at the end because that’s the results we got in this race and yes it’s an understandable emotional reaction.”
Giacomo Raspadori kept their hopes of making the last four of the Nations League alive with a 1-0 win over Italy.
Napoli striker Raspadori scored a stunning second-half goal at the San Siro to send the European champions two points clear of Ligue A, Group 3 leaders Hungary.
Roberto Mancini’s side face Hungary in Budapest on Monday and will look to complete the last four with a win, which will be a small boost for the Azzurri after missing out on a second World Cup in a row.
England will be in Qatar in November but another flat display in which Gareth Southgate’s side did nothing in defeat to Milan saw them relegated to League B.
Southgate said that England were not only failing to score, but were struggling to create chances.
“It’s difficult for me to be too serious about the game, we had more possession, more balls, more shots on target, I think we played well for large parts of the game,” Southgate said.
“We didn’t handle the crucial moments defensively and there were moments where we had the chance to be more decisive in the final third and our quality wasn’t right,” he added.
“Obviously the results will be something everyone reacts to, but I thought there were a lot of positives for our team … but I fully understand that it’s not going to be an external reaction because of the results.”
“We played well against a strong team, we were attacking, we created chances and controlled the game and won the game. Raspadori told Italian broadcaster Ray.
“We want to get back to the team we were before and get back to where Italy was.”
After bringing home the trophy at Euro 2020 in July last year, it seems like a lifetime has passed for Italy, who have struggled with results and confidence.
Mancini has been trying to rethink his team after the humiliation of the World Cup this summer, but the selection of the team has been hampered by injuries to key players leading the game, forcing him to make changes. three.
Hungary Stun Germany
Striker Adam Szalai’s first-half strike led Hungary to a 1-0 away win over Germany at Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena on Friday.
The win cemented Hungary’s position at the top of the group, with the unbeaten side only needing a draw in their last away match against Italy to secure top spot.
Striker Shalai, who was making his second final appearance before retiring from international football, put Hungary ahead after 17 minutes.
Szalai, who has been loaned to five different Bundesliga teams and plyed his trade at Basel in Switzerland, beat Hungary with a corner that forced the intervention of Real Madrid centre-back Antonio Rudiger.
The Leipzig midfielder took a corner and Zalai cut the ball with his heel and put it into the net.
The defeat was the first in Germany under the leadership of former Bayern coach Hans Flick, who had won 9 and drawn 4 of their previous 13 games.
Neymar dazzles as a statement from Brazil
Richarlison struck twice as Brazil showed their World Cup credentials with an attacking masterclass to beat Ghana 3-0 in a friendly in Le Havre on Friday.
Richarlison scored just before half-time when Marquinhos headed home a corner. The Tottenham Hotspur forward grabbed the third on 40 minutes.
Unbeaten in World Cup qualifying, Brazil’s only competitive defeat since traveling to Belgium in Russia in the 2018 quarter-finals came against Argentina in last year’s Copa America final.
Brazil coach Tite has lined up a strong and attacking team that can get off to a good start in their World Cup opener against Serbia on November 24 in Lusail.
Ghana lost Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey to injury on a challenging night for the Black Stars.
The five-time world champion Brazilian hit her stride immediately, with Neymar unimpaired by a minor cut that required treatment during training on Wednesday.
Brazil soon took the lead in the 9th minute when Marquinhos converted a corner from Rafinha.
Neymar created Brazil’s second goal, curling Thiago Silva’s pass before curling it past Richarlison, who beat Joseph Welakot into the corner of the net for a first-time strike.
The PSG star was again the provider as Brazil extended their advantage, Richarlison curling a free-kick over the near post.
On Tuesday, Brazil will face Tunisia in their last final before the World Cup in Paris, while Ghana will travel to Spain to face Nicaragua.
Canada beat World Cup hosts Qatar 2-0 in Vienna, with Ciel Larry and Jonathan David on target elsewhere.
Mehdi Taremi scored the only goal as Iran beat Uragai 1-0, while Saudi Arabia were held to a 0-0 draw by Ecuador.
Sofiane Boufal’s penalty and Abdelhamid Sabiri’s first goal gave new Moroccan coach Walid Regragini a 2-0 win over Chile.