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Italy broke England’s dream, won the title by defeating 3-2 in the penalty shootout

There was silence among the English fans at Wembley Stadium as Bukayo Saka missed the penalty shootout. England’s dream of winning their first Euro Cup title remained unfulfilled and the trophy went to Rome with Italy. The score was tied 1–1 by injury time and the decision was made in a penalty shootout, where Italy defeated England 3–2 to capture the trophy.

There were tears in the eyes of thousands of fans who came to cheer England, the players were disappointed. On the other hand, Italy’s celebration was in sight. England’s star captain Harry Kane and Starling’s magic did not work and Italy, playing with an aggressive attitude, won their second Euro Cup title. He had earlier won the trophy in 1968. Not only this, it was also Italy’s 34th consecutive unbeaten match.
22-year-old Gianlugi Donnarumma is the hero of victory

The manner in which 22-year-old goalkeeper Gianlugi Donnarumma displayed promptness in front of the goal post is commendable. He saved the team from scoring goals on many important occasions as well as made Italy the champions of the Euro Cup for the second time while performing well in the shootout. Or rather, the dream of England was shattered.

Thrill of Penalty Shootout

English captain Harry Kane took the first shot of the penalty shoot-out after the match was tied till injury time and the ball got entangled in the net. After this, Italy’s Domenico Berardi also managed to score. England’s Harry Maguire also scored, while Italy’s Andre Belotti missed. England had a 2–1 lead, but then Bunacchi and Federico scored for Italy to cut the gap to 3–2. On the other hand, England’s Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka failed to do so.

Luke Shaw took the lead

It was only two minutes after the match started that K. Jersey No. 3 Luke Shot on a tremendous pass from Tripper entangled the ball in the net with a jarring kick. The shot was so crisp that Italy’s goalkeeper Donnaruma did not have time to think. It was also Luke’s first international goal. With this England took a 1-0 lead. It was the only goal of the first half.

Banucci scored the equalizer

Italy started the second half on the offensive. He also got the benefit of this. Playing with a 1-4-3-3 formation, experienced defender Banucci scored the equalizer in the 67th minute. It was planted very close to the goal post. After this goal, there was a celebration of the players and fans of Italy. The Italian players came to life with the goal. His game became even more aggressive. Let us tell you that Banucci also became the oldest player to score a goal in Euro Cup history.

Semifinal thrill

England’s campaign: England broke the tale of their semi-final defeat with Denmark 2-1 in the semi-finals. England had lost in the semi-finals of the 1990 and 2018 World Cups and the 1996 European Championships. England defeated Germany 2–0 in the last-16 and Ukraine 4–0 in the quarterfinals. Denmark was a tough opponent for England in the semi-finals. However, there is still controversy over the penalty in which Kane scored the winning goal.
Italy’s journey: Italy had reached here after 33 victories. They defeated arch-rivals Spain in the semi-finals. Italy beat Spain 4-2 in a penalty shootout to reach the final of the Euro Cup.