England beat Italy 3-2 in the Untied States Bicentennial football tournament in their match in New York's Yankee Stadium on Friday (28 May) -- despite conceding two goals in the first 18 minutes.
England beat Italy 3-2 in the Untied States Bicentennial football tournament in their match in New York's Yankee Stadium on Friday (28 May) -- despite conceding two goals in the first 18 minutes. the English victory was in circumstances which gave England greater hopes for the 1978 World Cup tournament -- for it was a 'second 11' side, due to illness and injury, which defeated Italy's strongest available team. Friday's victory followed the main team's game against Brazil in Los Angeles the previous Sunday (23 May) in which England demonstrated they were capable of matching the skill, patience and ball-control of their opponents -- acknowledged masters of World Cup football and favourites for the 1978 World Cup in the Argentine.
The Italians began Friday's match with bold, attacking tactics which brought them goals from number nine, Graziani, in the 15th and 18th minutes. Once in front they delighted the 40,000 crowd with sophisticated football that threatened to overwhelm the much-changed English side, which began with three players new to international football and added one more during the game.
But England remained calm and during the second half stormed back to take three goals in seven minutes -- two from number eight, Channon, and one from Thompson, number four.
The game was marked by fights and fouls towards the end.