Roberto Mancini cries embracing the friend of a lifetime, Gianluca Vialli. Spinazzola jumps on crutches to go, first of the twenty-six blues, to take the medal at the awards ceremony. Chiesa calls the Chiesa home where there is another former national, his father. Matteo Berrettini, fresh from his honorable defeat at Wimbledon, scratches on more hospitable grass. Sergio Mattarella it applies with a sense of proportion under a winter coat in Kamčatka.
The English players take the loser’s medal off their necks just after receiving it, with a fit of anger. The English fans, on the other hand, have already rushed home not to watch Wembley colored but not white.
The photo gallery of the Italian victory inEuropean it is beautiful, it is clean and it is deserved. The greatest praise goes to Mancini, a quite rare case. Win with these men fifteen years after the last world championship and 53 from the last European was neither easy nor taken for granted. The opponent of the final, the worst possible, was England triumphant self-designated under the slogan “football is coming home”.
The home of football is the world and the 60 thousand London whistlers they weren’t enough to stop the Azzurri, winners according to tradition with the group, with the team, with that cohesion that we can find only in football or in the moments immediately following disasters.
There are not many champions in this Italy. However, there is an idea of a game that knows it cannot be monotonous waiting for the champion or the cynical and cheating center forward to remove the chestnuts from the fire.
Therefore Mancini deserves 10 and lode, in addition to the place of honor in the gallery of the greatest technical commissioners of the Italian national team. And perhaps it will not be the only or the last satisfaction that will take away.
It begins with the closing ceremony of the tournament. Dancers and dancers, all with masks, and the usual pseudo-Händel gaudy background music. In the stands, neither Handel nor masks.
Before kick-off arrives it does with the cup covered with Anglo-Italian ribbons. Eder, for those who did not recognize him, that is almost everyone, is the author of the only goal in the final won by Portugal in 2016. He had entered from the bench and remained at that moment of glory. Today he plays in Lokomotiv Moscow. Sic transit.
The formations see Italy in a typical formation. England instead sacrifice Saka to allow Trippier, placed on its right wing. The choice of Gareth Southgate rewards whites because after the very sporty howls against the anthem of Mameli and a corner given by “Capasuna” Maguire in the first minute, it is immediately 1-0 for the hosts with an action that starts right from the foot of the English colchonero. Multitasking scores from Trippier’s cross Shaw. Collaborate with him a Di Lorenzo absent and Donnarumma who badly covers the first post.
The goalkeeper will have the opportunity to redeem himself. The blue right back instead spends an hour at the mercy of events before giving signs of awakening. Emerson does the same on the left and will close in crescendo.
Despite the cold net, Italy produces play and dangers in front of goal. But the real shock is around 55 ‘when they come out Immobile, unknown to the battalion for four games, e Stretcher, crushed by emotion.
The goal comes with Bonucci, after a scrum in the box with penalty foul on Chiellini.
The British drift, they are visibly afraid. But Italy fails to place the knockout blow and seems to be content with keeping control of the game for a long time. The two blue power stations dominate Kane and oblige Sterling to perform what he does best. Fortunately, the Rai commentator is Bizzotto who, in addition to football, also follows diving. Katia Serra is also quite measured, except for a couple of excursions into mysticism as when she evokes the “Negative transitions” of our opponents.
The Dutch referee Kuipers, at the farewell step, gives a one-sided warning but limits himself to small coasters, as expected.
It hurts Church, unfortunately, and without the most dangerous attacker, the whites take the field again. But at the end of the 120 minutes their balance remains that Shaw shot on goal, 118 minutes earlier. Little to win the first European championship, especially because the cumbersome personality of “hands of stone” emerges from the penalties Donnarumma which obscures the door to three out of five Englishmen (one outside post plus two saves).
L’Uefa awards him as the best player of the tournament, which gives a wrong and convenient idea of what the Azzurri showed on the pitch.
But if abroad the stereotype of the Italian pizza, mandolin and catenaccio holds up, for tonight it’s okay too. In Italy it is celebrated. In Scotland as well.
The report cards
Jorginho it is worth 9.5 or only half a vote less than the coach. Except that against Spain he played a tournament of absolute domination.
Donnarumma he is in the group that deserves 9. With him for sure Chiellini and Chiesa.
At 8.5 there are the unfortunate Spinazzola and Bonucci.
They take 7.5 Verratti and Barella in midfield, good despite some discontinuity. The same rating applies to Badge, capable of singing and carrying the cross.
In the lot of 7 they go Locatelli and Pessina, to confirm that the median was the real trump card of the national team.
GOAT VIP LOUNGE
@all the fans Many have been here since the beginning, back in 2010. They also know that Italy was missing a victory in the tournaments described. We waited a long time. It was worth it.
The goat selection was also up to par.
Thanks to everyone, boys, girls, friends, friends, avatars and doppelgänger. Let’s enjoy this victory.
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