Italy won the UEFA EURO 2020 final after beating England in a penalty shootout at the wembley Stadium in London on Sunday (11th July). England dominated the first half of the play after establishing an early lead in the game. Italy fought back in the second half and scored within 25 minutes. The match ended in a 1-1 draw, with no goals scored in extra time. The winner was decided in a penalty shootout. Italy triumphed 3-2 in a penalty shootout and clinched their second European Championship. The match report of the EURO 2020 final is discussed in this article.
EURO 2020 Final Match Report: Italy vs. England
Italy won the European football championship for the first time in 53 years. The match finished at 1-1 after 120 minutes of play. Italian players kept their nerve during the penalty shootout and won 3-2 over England on Sunday’s final at the iconic Wembley stadium.
Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was the final match's hero, who saved two penalties in the shootout. Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho both missed penalty kicks, while Marcus Rashford's shot struck the post.
On the other side, English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford saved penalty kicks from Belotti and Jorginho. However, Berardi, Bonucci, and Bernardeschi all scored from the penalty spot and helped Italy to win their second European Championship after 1968.
England scored the match's first goal in the second minute. English left-back Luke Shaw became the fifth fastest scorer in European Championship history when he smashed the ball into the back of the net in one minute and 57 seconds.
England performed well for most of the first half even after taking a 1-0 lead early in the game. However, Italy fought back and continued to push the English defense in the second half. Leonardo Bonucci eventually equalized in the 67th minute to cut the lead.
The match was thereafter dominated by Italy till the end, including extra time. They came close to scoring the second goal at least twice, but couldn't find another to secure the victory. Clear chances were scarce as the game moved closer to penalties.
The referee issued six yellow cards in the EURO 2020 final. Italy had the most yellow cards with five, while England received only one.
With this victory, Italy have now won 34 games in a row under head coach Roberto Mancini.Italian fans were disappointed when their team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. So, the Euro 2020 victory will be crucial in their football revival.
Germany and Spain have won the European Championship thrice out of a total of 16 times. Both Italy and France have won the tournament twice. The one-time champions are the Soviet Union, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Portugal, Denmark, and Greece.
England and Italy had a really intriguing battle in the EURO 2020 final. Italy's coach Roberto Mancini outsmarts England's Gareth Southgate in the case of a tactical decision and the best team eventually win the championship. The real hero of the final was Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. Italy crowned European Champion thanks to his good work in the penalty shootout. Donnarumma became the first goalkeeper to win the player of the tournament award. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo was named best scorer, while Spain's Pedri was named young player of the tournament.