In a phenomenal match, the Euro Cup 2020 final came to an end with Italy beating England at the Wembley Stadium, and taking home the magnificent trophy. The score was 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes and dragged on similarly in extra time. The excitement reached its peak at the penalty shootout where Italy won with a 3-2 lead.
The final was uncharted territory for England. For Italy, it ended a drought shadowing the team since 1968. It also re-affirmed their position in the Euros as one of the most celebrated football teams in the world.
The match began with England in the lead when Luke Shaw scored a goal as early as in the 2nd minute of the match. This was the quickest ever goal in a Euro final. Italy countered with a goal in the 67th minute which Leonardo Bonucci scored. For the remainder of the match, the score remained the same in the Euro Cup 2020 final.
In the penalty shootout, England lost nerve to the anxiety as three of their top players- Rashford, Saka and Sancho all missed their penalty shots. On the other side, Italy’s two shots by Belotti and Jorginho were saved by England goalie Pickford. While Italy missed the last penalty shot so did England, leading Italy to their second Euro triumph.
In an interview, England’s manager Gareth Southgate told the BBC: “The way Italy plays is pretty consistent.” Italy captain Giorgio Chiellini said: “A few tears fell. We all deserved it. At this age we realise even more what it means to win such a trophy. We have been saying that something magical is in the air since the end of May, day after day.
The match saw Italy ending on a note of high emotions that could be seen on their overwhelmed faces. The match saw many famous personalities including the likes of English player David Beckham, Tom Cruise amongst others. Fans of both sides could be seen cheering their players on and chanting the names of the players to increase their level of motivation.
The final proved worthy to what has been a magnificent tournament. After a month of hard work, mind blowing matches and intense excitement, the world has the new Euro champion- Italy. Congratulations to the winning team!