How to watch Italy vs England Euro 2020 final live and free in Australia
The best 2 teams in Euro 2020, Italy and England, are set to battle it out to be crowned champions of Europe.
An end to decades of pain, frustration and misery is tantalisingly close for England and its football-loving people, with only the might of Italy standing in the way of European glory.
England reached its first major final in 55 years by beating Denmark 2-1 in a gripping semi-final in front of 60,000 fans at London's Wembley Stadium. A Harry Kane follow-up to a saved penalty attempt in the first period of extra time was the decisive factor.
The task in front of the Three Lions is a mammoth one. Italy has been irrepressible, its sparkling form stretching back to September 2018 when it last lost a match. The Italians are on a 33-game unbeaten run and are favourites to win the final.
When is the Euro 2020 final?
The match starts at 5am AEST on Monday 12 July.
Where is Italy vs England being played?
London's Wembley Stadium will host the final in front of an expected crowd of 60,000 people. Wembley has already hosted 7 matches in the tournament, including both semi-finals.
How to watch the Euro 2020 final free in Australia
The UEFA Euro 2020 final is available exclusively through Optus Sport. In great news for fans, Optus Sport has made the final available live and free for all Australians. Optus also owns the rights to the English Premier League and some international friendlies.
Optus Sport is available across mobile and tablet devices, web browsers, Fetch, Apple TV, Chromecast, and select Smart TVs and media streaming devices. An Optus Sport account is not required to watch these select live matches. We have a live streaming guide for Euro 2020 you can check out.
If you want to keep up with a host of Euro 2020 superstars that don't play in the Premier League, like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappé, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski, you need to look outside Optus Sport. For that, you should take a look at Kayo Sports.
How to subscribe to Optus Sport
Optus Sport is free to most Optus customers, or as an add-on service at an additional charge for prepaid customers. For those who are not already with Optus, you can still sign up.
If you choose to sign up to Optus Sport only, you can do so via the app for $14.99/month. The Optus Sport app has been offering live programming, catch-up matches, magazine style shows and more for Euro 2020.
If that isn't quite what you're after, Optus Sport is also available with Fetch TV. The most economical way to take this option is to get a Fetch TV Mini. This comes with a basic Fetch subscription, which you can then add the Optus Sport pack to for $14.99/month.
As noted above, the Euro 2020 final is being made available free to everyone, not just Optus Sport customers.
Euro 2020 final preview
Coach Roberto Mancini has transformed the Italian side since his appointment in 2018. The Italians have lost just 2 matches since Mancini took charge of the national team.
They won each of their group games, then defeated Austria 2-1 in the Round of 16, Belgium 2-1 in the quarter-finals and made the final with a hard-fought win via penalty shootout against Spain.
Meanwhile, England has conceded just 1 goal in the tournament, the best defensive record of any team. While its form has not been as impressive as the Italians', Gareth Southgate's side has grown throughout the tournament.
The Three Lions defeated arch rival Germany 2-0 in the Round of 16, squashed Ukraine 4-0 in the quarter-final and sent the nation into pandemonium in beating Denmark 2-1 in the semi. England has played all bar 1 of its matches at Wembley this tournament.
In terms of the managers, Mancini has 28 wins, 8 draws and 2 losses in his 38 matches at the helm. Southgate, who will become a legend on home soil should England win this final, has recorded 39 wins, 11 draws and 10 losses during his 60 matches in charge.
Who is the referee for Euro 2020 final?
Björn Kuipers from the Netherlands will referee the final. The 48-year-old also officiated the 2013 and 2018 UEFA Europa League finals, as well as the 2014 UEFA Champions League final.
Who will win the Italy vs England Euro 2020 final?
This is England's first Euro final and only the second major final it has made; the other being England's victorious World Cup final in 1966.
Monday's final will be Italy's fourth European Championship decider. They lifted the trophy when hosting the 1968 Euros, and played in losing finals against France in 2000 and a crushing 4-0 defeat against Spain in 2012.
England's Three Lions are certainly the romantic choice for victory, but we can't help but lean towards the Italian's breaking English hearts. We think Italy will settle far more quickly, with the English crowd to bring their team back into the match.
We'll opt for 2-1 Italy.
Photo: Optus Sport