England 1 v Italy 1: It’s going Rome as Three Lions lose Euro 2020 final on Penalties

Italy are Euro 2020 victors as the visitors beat England 3-2 on penalties, on their home soil.

Luke Shaw, England, sent Wembley into raptures as the Manchester United defender opened up the scoreline in the second minute of the game.

Nicolò Barella, Italy, equalised the scoreline for the visitors as the Italian tapped the ball past, England Goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford in the 67th minute.

It wasn’t long before a player had to pick the ball out of the net. In the second minute, Keiran Trippier had the possession along the right wing and made a cross into the box. However, it was too high for anyone in the center but Shaw, waiting on the left side, volleyed the ball past Gianluigi Donnarumma and gave England an early lead.

Shaw gave Italy a free kick on the edge of the box, on the seventh minute. Lorenzo Insigne took the set piece but it was sent over the crossbar.

England’s Harry Kane found Trippier in a similar position to Shaw’s opening goal, five minutes later. Trippier crossed the ball into the box but Italy’s Marco Verratti put it out for a corner kick, but nothing came from the set piece.

In the latter stages of the first half, the Italians looked to finally regroup from their earlier misfortunes. However, they were unable to break through England’s defence as the game ventured into half time.

As England prepared to face Italy, in the Euro 2020 final, residents were united in support for their home team.

Barella, Italy, became the first booking of the game, in the 47th minute, after a late challenge on Kane. Italy soon made a tactical change with a double substitution, Barella and Ciro Immobile were subbed off for Bryan Cristante and Domenico Berardi, seven minutes later.

Leonardo Bonucci became Italy’s second booking of the game as he made a harsh challenge on Sterling, eight minutes later.

Italy finally found their much needed equaliser in the 67th minute. After a failed corner kick, the ball was knocked loose as both teams scrapped for possession. However, as Pickford tried to parry away the danger, the ball clipped off the post and back into play – into the feet of Bonucci. The Italian was then able to tap the ball into a virtually empty net.

Gareth Southgate finally made his first set of substitutions as Trippier came off to make way for Bukayo Saka on the 71st minute. Jordan Henderson came on to replace Declan Rice, three minutes later.

Insigne became the games, and Italy’s third booking after he made a late challenge on Kalvin Phillips, in the 84th minute.

Italy made another substitution, a minute later, as Chiesa slowly made way his way off the pitch as Federico Bernardeschi waited to replace the Italian.

While England were yet to recieve a yellow card over regular time, Italy’s captain, Chiellini, was the games fourth booking after he dragged Saka to the ground by the technical area in the 96th minute.

As the game entered extra time, Italy made their fourth change of the final as Andrea Belotti came on to replace Insigne.

As the ball was cleared away from the Italy Box, after a corner kick set piece from Shaw in the 97th minute. The loose ball fell to the feet of Phillips who tried to volley it past Donnarumma. However, it whizzed wide of the left goal post.

England made their third change of the game as Jack Grealish made an appearance to replace Mason Mount in the 99th minute.

As the match started the second half of extra time, Maguire became England’s first booking of the game after he clashed with Italy’s Belotti.

In the 114th minute, Jorginho joined his four other compatriots as the Italian made a late challenge on Grealish, in a bid to obtain ball possession.

Both sides made their final changes of the Euro 2020 final as the game neared a penalty shootout. Alessandro Florenzi came on to replace Italy’s Emerson. While England opted to go for a double change as Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford replaced Henderson and Kyle Walker.

Penalties

England 2/5

  • Harry Kane – Goal
  • Harry Maguire – Goal
  • Marcus Rashford – Miss
  • Jadon Sancho – Save
  • Bukayo Saka – Save

Italy 3/5

  • Domenico Berardi – Goal
  • Andrea Belotti – Save
  • Leonardo Bonucci- Goal
  • Federico Bernardeschi – Goal
  • Jorginho – Save

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