Italy has been crowned Euro 2020 champions after their wait for a trophy in 15 years comes to an end.
England’s hopes of ending a 55-year wait for a major trophy were left in tatters as Italy came from behind to win the tournament following a dramatic penalty shoot-out at Wembley.
The Azzurri saw spot-kicks from Andrea Belotti and Jorginho saved but Marcus Rashford hit the post and Gianluigi Donnarumma denied Jadon Sancho and the decisive kick from Bukayo Saka to lead Roberto Mancini’s men to a 3-2 triumph after the game had ended 1-1 following extra time.
Luke Shaw had got England off to a flyer when he coolly netted his first goal for his country with the quickest strike in European Championship history after just one minute and 56 seconds.
England’s use of their wide players has been a key feature of their attack since the start of the competition and in the first 45 minutes, the English attack frustrated the Azzurri aging defense.
However, Italy dominated possession and began to step up their game with Federico Chiesa and Lorenzo Insigne emerging as real threats after Jordan Pickford was forced into action to deny both from scoring before Roberto Mancini’s men deservedly leveled on 67 minutes.
England failed to deal with a right-wing corner and Leonardo Bonucci was on hand to sweep in the rebound after Pickford had tipped Marco Verratti’s header onto the post.
Both sides had half-chances before the game went into extra time but there was no real drama until the shoot-out when Italy capitalized on England’s three failed spot-kicks to lift the trophy in Wembley infront of the 25,000 English fans.