England’s hopes of ending their 55-year wait for a major trophy was crushed as Italy beat them in a heartbreaking fashion as they lost 3-2 on penalties at Wembley. Pickford, England’s goalkeeper, saved two penalties, but that was not enough to give the trophy.
Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho missed before Arsenal young star Bukayo Saka had his penalty saved by Dunnoroma. It is England’s first men’s final since 1966, and playing in front of a vocal crowd of around 60,000, England had a perfect start as Luke Shaw volleyed home a superb goal in the first two minutes of the game.
Italy is the King of Europe, Wins 6th European Trophy
But Italy slowly started to gain control of the game and equalised midway through the second half when Leonardo Bonucci stabbed in from close range after a scramble from a corner. England struggled to find their composure but managed to hold on to take the game to extra time and, after another nervous 30 minutes, penalties were needed to separate the two sides.
Italy has been unbeaten since the arrival of its manager Roberto Mancini. The team has gone 35 games unbeaten. Cristiano Ronaldo won the golden boot award with five goals while Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma won the player of the tournament.
They are currently the king of Europe as they’re the country that has won the trophy the most. Todays’ win makes it their sixth European trophy.