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Italia wins European Championships in a penalty thriller against England

Italia wins European Championships in a penalty thriller against England
Italia is the great winner of this thrilling final match of the European Championships 2020.

European Championchips, Final, Italy vs England, 11 July 2021, 21.00 pm CET, Venue: Wembley Stadium London, Capacity: 65.000
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)

0:1 Luke Shaw (2. min, drop-kick with left foot into the left corner touching the post)
1: 1 Leonardo Bonucci (67. min., goal from short distance after bounce back from the post)
Extra Time: no goals
1:0 Domenico Berardi
1:1 Harry Kane
1:1 Andrea Belotti (Pickford guesses right and saves)
1:2 Harry Maguire
2:2 Leonardo Bonucci
2:2 Marcus Rashford (misses against Donnarumma)
3:2 Bernardeschi (chooses the center and sends Pickford to the left corner)
3:2 Jadon Sancho (misses against Donnarumma)
3:2 Jorginho (misses against Pickford who saves with the help of the post)
3:2 Bukayo Saka (chooses the right corner but Donnarumma guesses well and saves)

Playing XI:
Italy: Donnarumma - di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson (118. Florenzi) - Jorginho, Barella (54. Cristante) Verratti - Chiesa (86. Bernardeschi), Insigne, Immobile (54. Berardi)
Bench: Meret (GK), Sirigu (GK) - Acerbi, Bastoni, Rafael Toloi, Cristante, Locatelli, Pessina, Berardi, Belotti
Coach: Roberto Mancini

England: Pickford - Harry Maguire, Stones, Kyle Walker (120. Jadon Sancho) - Luke Shaw, Declan Rice (74. Jordan Henderson, 120. Marcus Rashford), Kalvin Phillips, Kieran Trippier (71. min. Bukayo Saka) - Mason Mount (99. Jack Grealish), Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane
Bench: Johnstone (GK), Ramsdale (GK) - Conor Coady, Reece James, Tyrone Mings, Jude Bellingham, Calvert-Lewin
Coach: Gareth Southgate

England shocked the opponent hardly started the game with a sensational left foot drop-kick of Leonardo Bonucci into the left corner after a wide cross from the right wing. Through the whole first half Italy had no answer to the cool English match plan.
However, in the second half things changed with a double substitution of Italian coach Roberto Mancini who sent Berardi and Cristante on the field for Immobile and Barella in minute 54.
Now, Italy dominates and scores the deserved equalizer after a corner.
No more goals force into extra time and after 120 minutes Dutch referee Björn Kuipers asks the players for the shoot-out.
Here, England coach Southgate had an unlucky hand by choosing Rashford and Sancho that were sent on the field seconds ago in the last minute of extra time. Both could not control their nervousness. But England goal keeper Pickford kept the team in the game by saving hero-like the well shot penalties of Belotti and Jorginho.
In the end it was heartbroken 19 year old Bukayo Saka who could not beat Donnarumma with the last penalty.
Italy is European Champion with Gianluigi Donnarumma honoured man of the tournament.


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