Italy now seem virtually certain to reach next year's World Cup soccer finals in Argentina.?
Italy now seem virtually certain to reach next year's World Cup soccer finals in Argentina. in London on Wednesday (16 November) they were beaten 2-0 by England in a Group Two qualifying match, but they need only to beat tiny Luxembourg 1-0 in Italy on December the 3rd to finish ahead of England on goal difference.
SYNOPSIS: The Italians, in the dark shirts, kicked off, but this move on the right soon broke down. Italy had beaten England 2-0 in Rome exactly a year ago and they looked for a repeat performance at Wembley. England however, with three new caps in the side, started confidently and were quick to build up moves from defence.
England used the wings well and from Steve Coppell's cross Ray Wilkins hit a fierce left foot drive just off target.
More England pressure followed and after 11 minutes Kevin Keegan scored with a superb header from a fine Trevor Brooking England continued to press, and but for the ball bouncing awkwardly at the last second Peter Barnes might have scored. The Manchester city man looked sharp on his England debut and after a dazzling run down the left he fired in another crisp drive, which Zoff know little about.
The 92,000 crowed were behind England, and they were quick to sound their disapproval, when Tardelli elbowed Kevin Keegan as they both raced for the ball.
England were lifted by the support, but in the second half Italy were still dangerous, and a shot from Bettega was not far off target.
It was England's night, however and they got a deserved second goal 10 minutes from time. Kegan found Brooking, and the West Ham star gracefully slipped the ball past Zoff. It was a comfortable victory, but the Italians still seem set for Argentina.