In brilliant sunshine before a crowd of 90,000 in the stately Olympic Stadium in Rome, England beat Italy by three goals to two in a soccer match on May 24.
In brilliant sunshine before a crowd of 90,000 in the stately Olympic Stadium in Rome, England beat Italy by three goals to two in a soccer match on May 24. It was England's eighth successive international victory. They have never been beaten by Italy.
The game began with a series of attacks by both forward lines. But it was not until the 39th minute that centre-forward Hitchens soared up to head over goalkeeper Buffon to score England's first goal. Italy drew level when outside-left Corso crossed the ball into the England goal-mouth and inside-left Sivori hit it hard and true beyond goalkeeper Springett's reach. The score remained at 1-1 until half-time.
In the second half, England struggled to hold the elusive Italian forwards even after Buffon had gone off with a broken nose. Time and again Springett, playing in his first full international game abroad, brought off some spectacular saves and prevented a much higher scoring rate. But at lat, in the 74th minute, Sivori pushed the ball through a gap in England's defence, centre-forward Brighenti raced after it and hit home in final goal.
The Italian now looked certain of achieving their first victory over England. However, in the 77th minute inside-left, Haynes raced down the wing and sent across a long pass to Hitchens, who coolly shot past the substitute Italian goalkeeper Vavassori to bring the scores level once more. Greaves himself scored the winning goal just five minutes before Russian referee, M. Latyshev, blew for full time. Haynes intercepted an ill-placed Italian pass, pushed it forward, and Greaves took it into the penalty box and shot hard and low into the far corner of the net.