England’s aim of ending a fifty-five year trophy drought came crashing at the iconic Wembley Stadium on Sunday as Italy beat the Three Lions 3-2 on penalties to be crowned Euro 2020 champions.
Ready as never before, it took the Three Lions just 1 minute and 57 seconds [The fastest goal scored in a European Championship final] into the game to break the deadlock as Luke Shaw ghosted his way into the Azzurri eighteen yard box to fire past Gianluigi Donnarumma to send Wembley into a frenzy state.
But, the Italians pulled parity in the second stanza as Leonardo Bonucci fired home from close range. Jordan Pickford was alert to Lorenzo Insigne’s effort from a corner, but couldn’t prevent Bonucci from tapping in on the rebound.
With the scores level at 1-1 after 120 minutes in London, spot-kicks were needed.
The two goalkeepers displayed great goalkeeping during the shootout, but Donnarumma who was crowned the Player of the Tournament became the hero for Italy having saved crucial penalty kicks from Bukayo Saka, and Jadon Sancho as Marcus Rashford hit his against the post.
This means that England’s dreams of winning a major tournament title since 1966 could not materialized.