It takes an inner steel to play 120 minutes of football and still remain focussed enough to see off your opponent on penalties. Italy showed real strength by doing just this and are rightfully crowned Champions.. Italy wanted to improve their standing following a disappointing 1-1 draw with Spain in their previous game while England were hoping to increase their winning streak after back-to-back victories against Denmark and Ukraine. For Italy, a win is a win, regardless of how it is achieved. No-one will remember that the game was won on penalties, only that they are the Champions of the European Championship. That said, there will be few teams that will want to face them next time around.
England found the net first, thanks to an early goal from Shaw in the 2nd minute and the first half ended 0-1.
Italy took the lead in the second half, with a goal from Bonucci, 67 minutes in, leaving the final score at 1-1.
Although the game concluded 1-1 extra time was necessary, since both teams were tied. In the first and second half neither team scored a goal so it finalised 1-1.
Finally, the winner of the match was decided during a penalty shootout in which the victory went to Italy, which was imposed by a score of 3 – 2 penalties after the shootout.
For Italy, Cristante, Berardi, Bernardeschi, Belotti, Locatelli and Florenzi, came on for Barella, Immobile, Chiesa, Insigne, Verratti and Emerson. England brought on Saka, Henderson, Grealish, Sancho and Rashford, to replace Trippier, Rice, Mount, Walker and Henderson.
There were bookings for Barella, Bonucci, Insigne, Chiellini and Jorginho from Italy. For England, Maguire saw yellow.
A penalty shoot-out in a final, its always a nervous affair which gets you off your seat. However there can only be one winner, such is the nature of the game. We now draw the curtain on this year’s competition.
|Italy:||Donnarumma, Chiellini, Bonucci, Emerson (Florenzi, min.118), Di Lorenzo, Jorginho, Verratti (Locatelli, min.96), Barella (Cristante, min.54), Insigne (Belotti, min.91), Immobile (Berardi, min.55) and Chiesa (Bernardeschi, min.86)|
|England:||Pickford, Stones, Maguire, Walker (Sancho, min.120), Rice (Henderson, min.74), Phillips, Trippier (Saka, min.70), Shaw, Mount (Grealish, min.99), Sterling and Kane|
|Goals:||Shaw (0-1, min. 2) and Bonucci (1-1, min. 67)|