Euro 2020 Daily Wrap: Italy Beat England On Penalties In Absorbing Final

The Azzurri capped a wonderful month of football with a 3-2 shootout win at Wembley
23:30, 11 Jul 2021

Euro 2020 came to a dramatic conclusion at Wembley on Sunday, with Italy getting their hands on the Henri Delaunay Trophy for the first time in 53 years after an absorbing penalty shootout win against England.

Here's how the night unfolded in north-west London...

Italy win second Euro title

Roberto Mancini's Italy completed the ultimate turnaround from their 2018 World Cup qualification failure by becoming European champions for the second time, with Gianluigi Donnarumma's two penalty saves proving crucial.

They responded fantastically to falling behind to Luke Shaw's goal inside two minutes, with Leonardo Bonucci netting an equaliser on 67 minutes to send the game heading towards a penalty shootout.

It looked like it might finally be England's time when Andrea Belotti had his spot-kick saved by Jordan Pickford, but Marcus Rashford hit the post and Jadon Sancho was denied by Donnarumma to put Italy on the verge of the title. Pickford's save from Jorginho gave the Three Lions another life, but Bukayo Saka saw his penalty saved by the sprawling Donnarumma to hand Italy a first major final success since their 2006 World Cup win on penalties against France.


England bring pride back to the nation

Gareth Southgate suffered penalty heartbreak of a new type as England's failed to make their early advantages both in the 90 minutes and then in the shootout count.

However, their run to a first final in 55 years with a young side has pumped pride back into the nation's football team, and hopes are high that this group could have a serious say in the destiny of the World Cup in Qatar at the end of 2022.

Fans mar England's big night

The one negative about the evening was the behaviour of some fans outside the stadium, who caused ugly scenes with drunken behaviour and attempts to break down security barriers. It appeared from footage that several hundred ticketless fans at least found their way into Wembley, with some of those carrying tickets being mistreated both inside and outside the ground as a result.

A statement from Wembley Stadium authorities said: "There was a breach of security and a small group of people got into the stadium. We are now working closely with stadium stewards and security to remove these people. Anyone inside the stadium without a ticket will be instantly ejected.”

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