Italy beat England on penalties to win Euro 2020
After a month of some truly unbelievable games, Italy have been crowned the official champions of Euro 2020 after they beat England 3-2 on penalties at Wembley Stadium on Sunday night.
Gareth Southgate’s team took an early lead after just two minutes when Luke Shaw collected the square ball from Kieran Trippier to smash his effort home from close range, beating Donnarumma at his near post.
Italy, who were unbeaten in a run of 33 matches before this fixture, came out firing in the second half and dominated possession as expected which eventually resulted in them finding a way back.
Mancini’s men got the equaliser in the 67th-minute after Jordan Pickford’s initial save to deny Marco Verratti fell straight into the path of Leonardo Bonucci who reacted quickest to tap in the rebound.
With neither side able to find a breakthrough, the game went into extra time with Jack Grealish, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho all being introduced for England but even then, the substitutes failed to have any kind of impact meaning that the title was going to be decided by spot-kicks.
Both Harry Kane and Harry Maguire scored their opening penalties for England whilst Pickford kept his team’s hopes alive after denying Belotti and Jorginho from 12-yards out.
However, the visitors then went on to miss three of five with Rashford hitting the post before Donnarumma saved Sancho’s effort and with Bernardeschi coolly converting for Italy, the 22-year-old keeper denied Saka’s final spot-kick to seal the all-important victory for his country.