Italy Crowned European Champions After Beating England In Penalties

Italy Crowned European Champions After Beating England In Penalties

By Simon Abaho

Italy won the European Championship by beating England 3-2 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw.

Domenico Berardi, Leonardo Bonucci, and Federico Bernardeschi scored for Italy in the shootout and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma made two saves at the end of the shootout.

Italy had a chance for a winner in the 107th minute. England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford bobbled a swerving free-kick from substitute Federico Bernardeschi but he eventually gathered it.

Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci equalized in the 67th minute with a tap-in. He celebrated in front of the Italian fans by standing on top of the advertising hoardings with both his arms raised and fists clenched.

England had been leading 1-0 for most of the match after Luke Shaw scored in the second minute.

Luke Shaw’s goal for England was the quickest scored in a European Championship final.

Shaw scored 1 minute, 57 seconds into the match against Italy at Wembley Stadium.

It was the fifth fastest ever scored in the history of the tournament and the third fastest at Euro 2020.

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Saka, Sancho and Rashford are three of England’s young attacking stars. They have years to come as part of the country’s national team. But it was a cruel way for England to lose in its first major tournament final since winning the 1966 World Cup.

Sancho and Rashford had hardly played in the game. They were brought on with minutes to spare in extra time for the purpose of taking a penalty. 

The previous fastest goal scored in a European Championship final was in 1964 when Chus Pereda scored for Spain 5:17 into the match against the Soviet Union. Spain won 2-1.

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