Italy vs England: Gianluigi Donnarumma saves 2 penalties as Azzurri clinch Euro 2020 title

Italy vs England: Gianluigi Donnarumma saves 2 penalties as Azzurri clinch Euro 2020 title

  • England's wait for silverware after 55 years continue after losing Euro 2020 prestigious prize to Italy
  • Gareth Southgate's men got the game off to a bright start after Luke Shaw fired them ahead in the 2nd minute
  • But Leonardo Bonucci's equaliser got the game extended into extra minutes and the Azzurri eventually won on penalties

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Italy are the new European champions following their 3-2 victory on penalties over England at Wembley Stadium.

Gianluigi Donnarumma saved Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho's kicks to help the Azzurri win the silverware after playing a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes.

Luke Shaw drew the first blood in the 2nd minute

Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw opened the scoring for the Three Lions with a thunderous shot from close range after connecting with Kieran Trippier's stunning cross.

Italy vs England: Gianluigi Donnarumma saves 2 penalties as Azzurri clinch Euro 2020 title
Italian players run to celebrate their hero Donnarumma after saving two penalties during shootouts. Photo by LAURENCE GRIFFITHS/POOL/AFP
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The early goal unsettled the Azzurri as Gareth Southgate's men gained momentum to ask more questions from the Italians.

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England made more attacking runs in the early minutes of the encounter but they were wasteful with their final balls in spite of their opponents still finding their foot in the game.

Raheem Sterling came close to adding to his side's tally towards the end of the opening half but he was booked for offside.

John Stones also made attempts but his header went slightly above goal as the proceeding headed towards halftime.

Bonucci equalises for Italy in the second half

Leonardo Bonucci leveled parity for the Italians in the 67th minute after tapping in from close range with Marco Verratti responsible for the assist.

The goal changed the texture of the game as the English team that was defending their early effort came out to fight for the ball.

However, neither could produce any more goals despite the game stretching into the extra 30 minutes of fierce rivalry between both sides.

Italy made a last-minute effort at goal but the danger cleared off by England who appeared to have settled for shootouts due to the substitutions they made.

Argentina emerge Copa America champions earlier reported that Argentina are champions of this year’s Copa America with Lionel Messi winning his first major international title following a 1-0 win over Brazil on Saturday night.

The only goal of the encounter was scored by veteran Angel Di Maria in the 22nd minute helping La Albiceleste to end a 28-year wait for a major trophy.

The result also ended Brazil’s unbeaten record at home which stretches to over 2500 days as the Samba Boys were defeated at the Maracana stadium.

Source: Sports Brief News