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Italy beat England in penalties at UEFA Euro 2020 Final

Italy defeated England in penalties at UEFA Euro 2020 Final

Euro 2020 Final: After teams finished 1-1 at the end of extra time, Italy beat England 3-2 on penalties in an electrifying final at Wembley Stadium on Monday.

Italy imposed more penalty heartbreak on England on Sunday's Euro 2020 final 3-2 win in a shoot-out. Bukayo Saka for England missing the decisive kick to disprove the hosts after the match at Wembley had ended in an evacuating 1-1 draw through extra time. Gianluigi Donnarumma repelled saka's kick to give Italy the Henri Delaunay trophy for the second time at the end of a shoot-out.

England took the lead by their first two penalties, but then Jadon Sancho saw Marcus and Rashford failed.

For Italy, only for his penalty, Jorginho could have won it but saved by Jordan Pickford, giving new hope to the England support who had earlier created a shivering atmosphere with the team looking set to run away with this final.

The nerve-shredding climax seemed unlikely given how the game began, with Luke Shaw scoring after just in one minute and 57 seconds for Gareth Southgate's England. The fastest goal ever scored in a European Championship final astonishing a team that arrived here on a record 33-match unbeaten run.

Italy was shell-shocked and struggled to recover in a stadium where the official attendance was 67,173. Still, more England fans managed to enter after disgraceful scenes when supporters without tickets stormed the gates.

About security will ask serious questions; the match was also briefly held up by a pitch invader late on, but English fans were desperate to see their team finally win a major championship for the first time since the 1966 World Cup.

However, Italy had most of the possession after falling behind and ultimately deserved their equalizer Leonardo Bonucci when it came midway through the second half.

Since 1976, this was the first European Tournament final to be decided on penalties with no scoring any further.

Italy defeated England in penalties at UEFA Euro 2020 Final momentsGetty Images

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It is more penalty suffering for England, whose list of previous shoot-out exits included losing to Italy at Euro 2012 and in the Euro 96 semi-finals against Germany when Southgate missed England's crucial kick penalty nightmares.

While their wait of 55-year to win another significant international championship goes on, Italy's particular half-century of hold has ended.
The Azzurri have won four World Cups, but their sole European Tournament conquest before this dates back to 1968.

They had lost two European Tournament finals in a little over two decades, with the torture of losing to France in Rotterdam via a golden goal in 2000 and then being defined by Spain in 2012, and in Kyivgoing down 4-0.

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