Italy recovered from a goal beating England in a nervous penalty shoot-out to claim the Euro 2020 title at Wembley Stadium in London.

England got off to a perfect start when they scored their first goal within two minutes. Luke Shaw scored his first international goal in the biggest game of his career.

The hosts failed to extend their lead, however, even as the brilliant Federico Chiesa missed two golden chances for the Azzuri.

Italy increased the stakes and was back at eye level in the middle of the second half when Leonardo Bonucci shot into the goal from close range after a close fight. Italy could have sealed the game in normal playing time, but Domenico Berardi failed at Pickford.

In extra time, both teams had a chance of winning the game, but the chances became begging and a penalty shoot-out followed, only the second in European history since 1976.

After two successful free kicks, Andrea Belotti’s penalty was saved by Jordan Pickford. While Harry Maguire put England in the lead, this proved short-lived.

Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, introduced just before the end of extra time, missed their efforts and the stage was set again for Jorginho to seal it for Italy. The midfielder, who scored the Azzurri’s winning goal against Spain in the semi-finals, was saved by Pickford.

But Bukayo Saka’s tame penalty was confidently saved by Donnarumma to confirm Italy’s victory.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at ten interesting stats from the game.

# 10 Giorgio Chiellini is the oldest captain to start a European Championship final

Giorgio Chiellini had an excellent game for Italy in the Euro 2020 final.
Giorgio Chiellini had an excellent game for Italy in the Euro 2020 final.

He’s 36, but Giorgio Chiellini plays with the youthful exuberance of a player ten years his junior.

Against England in the final of the Euro 2020, the Juventus player led Italy from the front, commanded his defense and orchestrated the game from behind. Chiellini was the oldest player who started as captain in a European Championship final and overtook his famous compatriot Gianluigi Buffon.

Chiellini was also present at the other end of the pitch, almost leveling Italy before defensive partner Leonardo Bonucci scored.


# 9 Luke Shaw scores the fastest goal ever in a European Championship final

Luke Shaw (right) opened the goal for England in the UEFA Euro 2020 final.
Luke Shaw (right) opened the goal for England in the UEFA Euro 2020 final.

Luke Shaw has only made his 16th international appearance and could not have chosen a better time to open his account for England.

The 25-year-old delivered a smart finish in the second minute of the game and gave England a dream start against Italy in the 2020 European Championship final. That was the fastest goal ever to be scored in a European Championship final.

Shaw continued to have a lively presence at both ends of the pitch and performed his defensive duties with flying colors.


# 8 Leonardo Bonucci is the oldest player to score in a European Championship final

Leonardo Bonucci
Leonardo Bonucci

Leonardo Bonucci scored in the second half to equalize Italy in the EURO 2020 final against England. The 34-year-old Juventus central defender was the oldest goalscorer in a European Championship final and exceeded the previous record by almost four years.

It was only the seventh goal he scored in 110 games for the Azzurri, and his first in 17 games at the European Championship.


# 7 Bukayo Saka is the fourth youngest player in a European Championship final

Bukayo Saka (center) had a night to forget.
Bukayo Saka (center) had a night to forget.

Bukayo Saka came on as a substitute for England in the second half of the Euro 2020 final. This made the teenager the fourth youngest player to compete in the title match of the European Championship.

Only Renato Sanches (2016), Cristiano Ronaldo (2004) and Anatoliy Baidachniy (1972) were younger than Saka at a European Championship final.