The Italian footballers are the new European champions, for the first time since 1968.
The Azures beat England 4: 3 in the final at Wembley in London, after a penalty.
The hero of Italy is the goalkeeper Gianluigi Donarum, who in the fifth series defended the penalty to Bukai Saki for the great celebration of Azure.
The match ended 1: 1 in the regular season.
England took the lead in the second minute with a goal by Luka Shaw, and Leonardo Bonucci equalized in the 67th minute.
For the first and only time until tonight, penalties were taken in the final of the European Championship in 1976 in Belgrade, when Czechoslovakia defeated West Germany.
What was going on at Wembley?
A start for England that the home fans probably could not have imagined even in their wildest dreams.
The second minute was played when Harry Kane lost to Kieran Tripije on the right wing, and he found Luke Shaw with a cross, who shook the net with a drop-kick with a kick.
Wembley’s stands shook at that moment, as if a small earthquake had hit London at that moment.
David Beckham jumped from the seat in the box, threw “Fridays” to Tom Cruise, while the song “Football is coming home” was heard louder and louder.
The Italian footballers seemed shocked by the quickly received goal, so it took them a long time to connect the lines.
As the game progressed, Robert Mancini’s team took the initiative, but without too many real chances to score.
In the 35th minute, the Italians threatened for the first time – Federico Chiesa shot from the edge of the penalty area next to the goal.
Ciro Imobile was able to equalize in the second minute of the referee’s compensation, but the English defense blocked him at the last minute.
The Italians slowly tightened the noose in the second half, and England withdrew.
In the 62nd minute, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford defended Chiese’s shot, but five minutes later, England was not saved.
Pickford first defended the shot of Marko Verati, but Leonardo Bonucci ran on the blocked ball and knocked it into the net.
During overtime, the pace of the game did not drop too much, but it was evident that neither of them wanted to take too many risks.
In the 103rd minute, the Italian Emerson had a solid opportunity, however, Pickford did not allow himself to be surprised.
Fans tried to enter without tickets
Several dozen fans broke through the fence in front of Wembley in an attempt to enter tonight’s game without tickets.
According to the AFP news agency, several dozen fans broke through the outer fence and entered the stadium, and the guards tried to catch them in order to prevent them from entering the stands without a ticket.
A statement from the organizers of the match states that the guards and the police managed to keep the fans and that the authorities were dealing with “an incident that happened on the outer security perimeter of the stadium”.
“Security measures were quickly activated in the relevant areas and fans without tickets did not enter the stadium,” it is stated.
During the day, thousands of English fans gathered in central London to support the national team in tonight’s final.
They sang in Leicester Square, threw cans, bottles and various objects, lit torches and fireworks.
Police are on the streets and in the fan zone near Trafalgar Square.
All European champions so far
England became the 11th national team to win the European Championship.
Here is a list of all previous conquerors:
- 2016 – Portugal
- 2012 – Spain
- 2008 – Spain
- 2004 – Greece
- 2000 – France
- 1996 – Germany
- 1992 – Denmark
- 1988 – The Netherlands
- 1984 – France
- 1980 – West Germany
- 1976 – Czechoslovakia
- 1972 – West Germany
- 1968 – Italy
- 1964 – Spain
- 1960 – SSSR
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Source: Dnevni list Danas by www.danas.rs.
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