Six games played and four rounds successfully navigated – now only one hurdle remains. Either Italy will get their hands on the trophy for the second time, or England are to lift a major title for the first time since 1966.
Our dedicated team reporters – Paolo Menicucci and Simon Hart – have followed the ups and downs of their nations every step of the way and look back over all of the matches prefacing Sunday’s showpiece at Wembley Stadium.
Paolo Menicucci, Italy team reporter: A more than promising start. After lacking only the final touch during a dominant first-half performance, the Azzurri took the lead courtesy of an own goal and immediately went for the jugular.
PM: Another scintillating display by Italy, who at this point were 29 games unbeaten and had not conceded in their last ten. They were starting to play like a well-oiled orchestra rather than a collection of individual talents and continued to show great enthusiasm.
PM: A perfect group stage record posted and key players rested on Matchday 3. The Azzurri passed their Group A test with flying colours and could travel to London with the wind in their sails.
PM: Roberto Mancini continued to stress how there are 26 first-choice players in this team and the substitutes proved him right once again, making the difference when it was most needed.
PM: They had to go beyond their limits to beat a team like Belgium and the Azzurri did just that. It was a great collective effort: from goalkeeper Donnarumma and veteran centre-backs Bonucci and Chiellini, to conductor Jorginho and goalscorers Barella and Insigne.
PM: On a night that proved more difficult that many expected, Italy still managed to reach the final as Spain failed to make the most of the chances they created. After failing to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in 2018, the Azzurri have made giant steps in returning to the European football elite.
Simon Hart, England team reporter: England achieved a first by winning their opening match. Beforehand Gareth Southgate stood and had a quiet moment of reflection alone on the pitch; by the end Wembley had erupted in noisy celebration and his team were up and running.
SH: England’s winning streak ended at seven but this was probably a point gained on an enthralling night when Scotland had the better chances. Just one attempt on target is a statistic that might have concerned Southgate.
SH: England gave us a dynamic first-half display, full of pace and movement, and were rewarded with Sterling’s second goal of this EURO. The return of Harry Maguire after his 44-day absence was another positive for Southgate.
SH: Southgate’s ghostbusters did it again with this long-awaited tournament knockout win over Germany. It wasn’t coming home just yet, but England could head to their Rome quarter-final with a spring in their step.
SH: The Three Lions’ biggest victory at any EURO and Southgate’s men by now were developing an irresistible momentum. With five clean sheets at one end and Kane’s mojo recovered at the other, they could return to Wembley full of belief. It was a brilliant collective effort that secured England’s first back-to-back semi-finals since 1968.
SH: After semi-final defeats in 1968, 1990, 1996 and 2018, England finally made it to a first final since the 1966 World Cup. They did it the hard way, coming from behind with the support of a roaring Wembley, and drawing on some harsh lessons from the past to finally get across the line. Southgate, the man whose penalty miss cost England in a 1996 semi, had buried yet another demon.