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Summary

  1. Jodie Taylor opens scoring with lob
  2. Serious injury for Italy midfielder Parisi
  3. Italy find swift response from 18 yards
  4. Italy also qualified for Euro 2017 finals

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By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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Good night

And with that I bid you farewell.

Stay tuned to the BBC Sport pages for Tom Garry's report form Vale Park.

FULL-TIME

England women 1-1 Italy women

And there's the whistle. England fail to take their chances on an ultimately frustrating evening at Vale Park. 

England women 1-1 Italy women

It's not happening for England. Alex Greenwood with a dream cross from the left, a Hollywood ball, but it skims right through the goalmouth and is cleared. Just needed a touch...

England women 1-1 Italy women

England will wonder how on earth they have not won this game. So many golden chances. Toni Duggan comes off as Nikita Parris sprints on for a cameo.

SITTER!

England women 1-1 Italy women

Another sitter for England! Left-back Alex Greenwood has a totally free header at the back post, all the time in the world to place her header, and she meets it with a 50p head! Horribly wide. Nearer a throw-in than the net. 

Alex Greenwood
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England women 1-1 Italy women

Mark Sampson has been adamant that his squad is about more than form, but if someone's in bad form it must come into his mind? Toni Duggan looked shy of confidence when given that chance. 

CLOSE!

England women 1-1 Italy women

You've got to score those - a golden chance for Toni Duggan. Fara Williams drills in a shot from 20 yards, it squirms out of the grip of Katja Schroffenegger and lands at the feet of Duggan.

She's short on goals and it shows, as she laces it wide. All power, no placement.

Moments later Lucy Bronze hammers a cross/shot right across goal. 

Toni Duggan
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CLOSE!

England women 1-1 Italy women

Jodie Taylor is in, goes for the first-time lob again but doesn't get enough on it this time, under-clubbed and Katja Schroffenegger is able to scramble away and turn it out. 

Into the final 10...

England women 1-1 Italy women

England now looking ragged at the back as Italy throw off the shackles a touch, sensing a win. 

England women 1-1 Italy women

Tom Garry

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The Italians had barely had an attack, but all of a sudden, what a crisp strike from the Brescia forward.

1-1 is not a fair reflection of this game so far at all. It has been all England.

England women 1-1 Italy women

I did not see that Italy equaliser coming, they have hardly attacked all night. But it was another great finish and Mark Sampson has a headache on his hands. On his hands? In his head. 

GOAL - England women 1-1 Italy women

Valentina Cernoia

Pick that one out! Melania Gabbiadini crosses from the right, the clearance is half-hearted and Italy sub Valentina Cernoia laces the ball home from 18 yards with a satisfying thunk against the base of the far post. 

England women 1-0 Italy women

Jodie Taylor finds space again, juggling a pass from Jordan Nobbs but she can't this time get a shot on target.

England women 1-0 Italy women

The game needed a goal from somewhere and Jodie Taylor has delivered when it mattered. What a great finish too.

GOAL - England women 1-0 Italy women

Jodie Taylor

An absolute beauty! A long ball over the top finds Jodie Taylor in space, keeper Katja Schroffenegger is in a pickle and Taylor lobs her from 25 yards, first time.

Superb opener. 

Jodie Taylor
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SUBSTITUTION

England women 0-0 Italy women

There is a change - Jade Moore trundles off and Fara Williams rolls on for cap number 161. Remarkable longevity.

There's also a change at left-back as Demi Stokes is replaced by Alex Greenwood. 

YELLOW CARD

England women 0-0 Italy women

As cynical as it gets as Elisa Bartoli scuppers an England break, tugging back the shirt of Jordan Nobbs. Into the book you go.

Still no changes for England.

England women 0-0 Italy women

Tom Garry

BBC Sport

She may not have taken her chances so far tonight, but Arsenal striker Jodie Taylor's movement has been excellent.

The Italians just can't stay with her. She's finding space everywhere in the box.

England women 0-0 Italy women

England put together a super move as Jordan Nobbs tees up Toni Duggan but she lacks conviction and her shot is well blocked.

Another Nobbs cross is then well cleared by Sara Gama. 

England women 0-0 Italy women

England still well on top as Karen Carney whips in a dangerous low cross but goalkeeper Katja Schroffenegger is wise to it. 

SUBSTITUTION

England women 0-0 Italy women

It's hard to see any reason why referee Morag Pirie didn't give that. A stone wall penalty.

Italy send on Melania Gabbiadini, sister of Southampton striker Manolo. 

PENALTY APPEAL

England women 0-0 Italy women

You can perhaps tell that this England team are finding goals hard to come by as when they do get a chance there's an element of panic in the air. A cross from the right falls for Jill Scott but she rushes the lay off and the chance is gone.

The cross comes back in though and there's a right scramble at the far post, it's headed back and hits the arm of Sara Gama.

Got to be a penalty?! No!

England women 0-0 Italy women

Jodie Taylor is caught offside by a regimented Italian offside trap. You'd expect no less. The second half has yet to get going really. 

England women 0-0 Italy women

Right England, let's have a goal or two please. 

KICK-OFF

England women 0-0 Italy women

And away we go! No changes for England. 

Stuttering form?

England women 0-0 Italy women

Tom Garry

BBC Sport

Yes, they've played the top three sides in the word and yes, they've beaten the World Champions... But England's form guide for 2017 so far doesn't read quite so well: Played five, won one, drawn one, lost three.

That's not exactly a record befitting a side which climbed to fourth in the world rankings last month.

The Lionesses will desperately want to turn tonight's dominant performance into a win, to bolster their win ratio if nothing else, regardless of the fact this is only a friendly.

"One win in six" won't be a stat England want to be talking about over the weekend.

England women 0-0 Italy women

Will Mark Sampson make many changes at the break? He has the likes of Mel Lawley, Isobel Christiansen and Nikita Parris up his sleeve. 

England women 0-0 Italy women

England well on top, some decent play but they haven't found a way into the net. 

The thoughts of everyone inside Vale Park though will be with Alice Parisi, who sustained a very serious looking injury. 

Steph Houghton of England
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HALF-TIME

England women 0-0 Italy women

Katja Schroffeneger makes another save from Jodie Taylor - and that's the half. 

England women 0-0 Italy women

Tom Garry

BBC Sport

There aren't many in the game better at striking the ball from 25 yards than Jordan Nobbs. Her decent effort from the edge of the D has re-energised this crowd.

Jodie Taylor probably should have scored with her chance moments later, but credit to Italy keeper Katja Schroffenegger for another instinctive save.

GREAT SAVE!

England women 0-0 Italy women

Great save! And the move of the night so far. Toni Duggan starts it with a bit of juggling inside the area, the ball is then teed up by Jodie Taylor for Jordan Nobbs, and her left-footer is well turned over by Katja Schroffenegger!

Schroffenegger then makes another cracking save, with her feet this time, as England end the half with an onslaught. 

England women 0-0 Italy women

Eni Aluko's absence will lead to questions like that one from Rachel if Mark Sampson's side struggle in front of goal.

The England manager's decision to name his squad so early is certainly a talking point. There are five minutes added on - I was expecting much more. 

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England women 0-0 Italy women

Confirmation that Alice Parisi has, unsurprisingly, been taken straight to hospital after that nasty-looking injury.

Italy have a free-kick in a decent area after Jill Scott leans on a blue shirt. Cristiani Girelli takes - and dips one over the bar. 

Alice Parisi
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England women 0-0 Italy women

Jodie Taylor takes a tumble inside the area as England whip a corner in but that's not enough to give a penalty. England still well on top. 

England women 0-0 Italy women

We will have a lengthy spell of injury time in this half now, and an injury like that often brings the flow of a game to a halt. Some of the Italian players looked very shaken.

SUBSTITUTION

England women 0-0 Italy women

Applause rings out as Alice Parisi leaves the field on a stretcher. That could well be her ruled out of the Euros as Aurora Galli comes on. 

England women 0-0 Italy women

England defender Millie Bright is OK physically after that challenge but she looks shaken as Mark Sampson gives her some advice on the sidelines. Never nice to be involved in a serious injury, and this long stoppage will affect both sides I'm sure. 

England women 0-0 Italy women

Tom Garry

BBC Sport

Ouch. You could hear that collision from up in the stands and the whole crowd winced.

There's concern here for Italy's Alice Parisi, who has come off worst. 

She's moving, but has been given an oxygen mask.

England women 0-0 Italy women

I've just watched that incident back and Alice Parisi looks to have sustained a serious injury there. Some of her team-mates look pretty emotional out there as the Italian coach ventures on to the field to offer his support.