Italy kept their nerve beating England in a tense penalty shoot-out to win Euro 2020. In a game that went up and down, the experience of Italian veterans like Bonucci and Chiellini really shone as the Azzuri took an incredible win at Wembley.
England started well and took the lead in the second minute through Luke Shaw. Although Italy initially seemed confused by the role of full-backs Kieran Trippier and Luke Shaw, they slowly got used to the game and began to push for equalization.
England played more and more defensively and Italy equalized in the 67th minute when Leonardo Bonucci bundled the ball after a save from Pickford after a corner.
Players like Federico Chiesa, Marco Verratti and Jorginho all played great games and caused a lot of trouble for England, but the Three Lions were determined to lead the game to penalties.
Both Jordan Pickford and Gianluigi Donnarumma scored some incredible saves on penalties, but in the end Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka missed Italy’s coveted title at Euro 2020.
After the game, the emotional Italy manager Roberto Mancini said:
“It was the emotion that arises after something incredible is achieved. It was the emotion that the guys celebrate and see the fans in the stands.
“When we see all that we’ve done, all the hard work we’ve put in over the past three years, but especially the past 50 days, which have been very hard.
“It is the fact that we have been able to forge this team spirit in the last 50 days, they have really created something that can no longer be separated in the future. They will always be synonymous with this triumph.”
England coach Gareth Southgate took full responsibility for the penalty shoot-out loss. After the game, Southgate said:
“That is my responsibility. I picked the guys to take the kicks. I told the players that nobody is alone in this situation. We win and lose together as a team. They’ve been tight the whole time and that’s how it has to stay. It is my decision to give it [Saka] this punishment. That is entirely my responsibility. It’s not him or Marcus or Jadon. We worked them through in training. That is the order we came in.
“You gave it your all,” said Southgate. “You should keep your head up. The devastation of being so close and not being able to give the country the trophy it wants is difficult to put into context. The players gave everything and I’m proud of them.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the:
Best tweets from Italy 1-1 England (3-2 on penalties) | UEFA Euro 2020 final
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