Italy inflict more penalty heartache on England to win Euro 2020 final


Leonardo Bonucci of Italy lifts The Henri Delaunay Trophy following his team's victory in the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final between Italy and England at Wembley Stadium on July 11, 2021 in London, England.

Italy were crowned Euro 2020 champions after a dramatic 3-2 penalty shootout win over England at Wembley tonight.

Gianluigi Donnarumma was the Italy hero as the goalkeeper saved penalties from Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho, while Marcus Rashford saw his penalty hit the post.

Andrea Belotti and Jorginho both saw their penalties saved by Jordan Pickford but Italy held on to win.

It finished 1-1 at the end of the 90 minutes and there was still no separating the teams in extra-time as a shootout was required to decide the final.

Gareth Southgate’s side made a dream start, as Luke Shaw scored his first England goal — and the quickest ever in a Euros final after just one minute and 57 seconds — to send Wembley wild. IMG-20210711-234824-055

In a move started and finished by the Manchester United left-back, the Three Lions broke with Harry Kane spreading the play out to Kieran Trippier, whose cross was brilliantly rammed home at the far post by the unmarked Shaw.

England dominated from there, as Italy struggled to get to grips with Harry Kane in particular, though, gradually, they came back into it, with Federico Chiesa their shining light until he came off injured in the closing minutes.

Roberto Mancini’s side began to enjoy long spells of possession either side of the break, as England withstood immense pressure, though were eventually worn down. IMG-20210711-234049-805

The all-important, and deserved, equaliser for Italy arrived in the 67th minute, off the back of a goalmouth scramble from a corner. Giorgio Chiellini’s initial header was saved by Jordan Pickford, but Leonardo Bonucci was on hand to eventually slot home the rebound.

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