Italy emerges winner of the Euro 2020 championship for the first time since 1968, after defeating England, 3-2 on penalties.
England and Gareth Southgate suffer penalty shootout heartache with Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka missing from the spot, after a 1-1 draw, which saw Luke Shaw’s earlier opener equalized by Leonardo Bonucci in the second-half.
Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi saved a crucial penalty from the Arsenal Lad. Bukayo Saka to send the Azurri’s into jubilation mode
Despite Jordan Pickford, two saves, which gave the Three lions hopes of lifting the trophy for the first time was quenched by the penalty missed by Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Saka who came from the bench which proves decisive
After 120 mins of play, nothing could separate the three lions and the Azurri, as the finals ended up in extra time.
This is the second European finals that were decided on penalties as the match ends in a 1-1 draw
England had an earlier lead with an early goal from the Manchester United left-back, Luke Shaw who ghost behind the Italian defense and hit half- Volley from Kieran Trippier’s assist.
England while still depending on their early consolidation lead in the first was shocked after the Italians who enjoyed much possession had an equalizer from Leonardo Bonucci.
The equalizing goals from Bonucci came in at the 67th minute with a tap from a close range
Lots of praises were poured on the Italian goalkeeper Donnarumma as he proves big between the sticks of the Azurri’s.
UEFA voted the former AC Milla. goalkeeper as the player after saving two fantastic England penalties from Saka and Sancho.
Donnarumma also kept a clean sheet record during the group stages for not conceding any goal until the road of 16.
For over a pendulum was swinging towards the English team, as their early lead brought about confidence to the England supporters across the world.
This is another heartbreak for England with their last major trophy win record at this level was in 1966
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Pickford performs heroics to save Andrea Belotti and Jorginho penalties but just like Saka, he began to cry as he thought his effort was not enough.
After so much hope, England’s long wait for the trophy will continue Chiellini was immense and the Italian captain now lifts the European Championship trophy, Italy’s first since 1968. What a moment for the Italians at Wembley!