Luke Shaw had given England a dream start with a superb goal after two minutes, Italy gradually gained command in the second half, and the playoffs were still tied 1:1 and entered the shootout. Italy have beaten England 3-2 in a penalty shootout in the Euro final, after a 1-1 draw after extra time.
London, UK (Merxwire) – In the European Cup Championship, England faced Italy. After the playoffs, the two teams still battled to a 1-1 tie. The two sides decided the victory with a 12-yard shootout. Italy relied on the goalkeeper to block the ball and won the championship 3-2, leaving tens of thousands of English fans at home completely heartbroken.
This game attracted all the attention of the people of the two countries. England’s hopes of ending a 55-year wait for a major trophy are crushed in heartbreaking fashion as they lose 3-2 on penalties to Italy in the final of Euro 2020 at Wembley. Italy have won their second European Championship title, and first in 53 years (also 1968); it’s the longest ever gap between championships in the tournament by a single nation, surpassing Spain’s 44-year wait from 1964 to 2008.
This “European War” debuted at Wembley Stadium in London. Although the COVID-19 epidemic in the UK is still severe, the stadium is still full, with a total of 67,000 fans coming to watch the game.
England have lost in the semi-finals of five major tournaments: the 1968 and 1996 Euros, the 1990 and 2018 World Cups and the 2019 UEFA Nations League. But Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions have impressed throughout Euro 2020, with Sterling and Kane showing true grit to overcome Denmark 2-1 in the semi-final.
Italy’s last Euro title came when they hosted in 1968. Since then, the Azzurri have stumbled twice at the final hurdle, losing out to France in 2000, then Spain in 2012. In the semi-finals, Italy defeated Spain 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out to enter the final; today they defeated England 3:2 to win the European Cup, and once again won the European Cup after 1968.
As for England, this defeat is likely to sting for quite some time to come for players and fans alike, but the squad at least has the consolation of knowing it has provided the country with a tournament run not seen for more than half a century.
Enthusiastic fans participated in this wonderful journey. Italy won the championship and England runner-up. They all set their best results in recent years.