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Italy beat England on penalties to win EURO 2020


Italy beat England to win EURO 2020

Italy defeat England on penalties to win the EURO 2020 final at Wembley  Stadium on Sunday night, denying the Three Lions their first trophy in 55 years.

Gareth Southgate made just one change to the team that started against Denmark, dropping Bukayo Saka for Kieran Trippier as the Three Lions reverted to a back three, while Roberto Mancini fielded the same starting eleven that defeated Spain on Tuesday.

England took the lead Luke Shaw after a minute and 56 seconds into the first half as the Manchester United man combined with Atletico Madrid right-back, Kieran Trippier, who sent in a cross from the left flank to right, leaving Shaw to beat Donnarumma with a one time shot.

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Shaw’s goal broke the record for the fastest-ever goal in a EURO final and the fifth-fastest in tournament history after giving the Three Lions the lead against Italy after a minute and 56 seconds.

Federico Chiesa came close to getting an equaliser in the 35th minute after a persistent run allowed him to sweep in a left-footed strike that went a little bit wide off the post.

The Juventus man came close again in the second half by testing the resolve of Jordan Pickford who parried the shot to allow Shaw to clear the ball to safety.Italy pulled one back in the 67th through Leonardo Bonucci as England failed to deal with a corner kick leaving the defender to poach in the equaliser, silencing the home fans.

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The Italians however lost Chiesa to an ankle injury some minutes to the end of the second half and he was replaced by his Juventus clubmate, Federico Bernadeschi, with five minutes away from extra-time.

Both teams failed to conjure a winner despite six additional minutes to stoppage time forcing the game into extra time and the game remained 1-1 after the first extra time.

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The Italians almost stole it in the closing seconds of the second extra time but England held on to force the game into breathtaking penalty shootouts.

Belotti had his penalty saved and Maguire beat Donnarumma to give England the advantage but Rashford hit the post to allow Bernadeschi to pull Italy level.

Jadon Sancho had his penalty as well as Jorginho but Donnarumma saved Bukayo Saka’s penalty to give Italy the win.