Italy champion of Europe, beaten 4-3 on penalties England


Italy is European champion, as in 1968. At Wembley the penalties decide with Saka who misses the decisive one and among the 60 thousand of the English stadium, 6000 Italians rejoice for a crazy night in which Roberto Mancini’s blues, three years ago out of the world championships, return to being a great national team. A very difficult match won in comeback. It started badly and ended in apotheosis before the eyes of the President of the Republic Mattarella as it was with Pertini and Napolitano.

It is a goal by Luke Shaw after five minutes to decide the first half of the European final between Italy and England (1-0). There is not even time to metabolize the Wembley bedlam with the English whistling the anthem of Mameli: positioning error in defense of Italy; Trippier from the right sends a cross to the opposite post and Shaw first intention beats Donnarumma on his post. Luke Shaw’s goal is the fastest ever made in a European final, and his first ever with the English national team. Italy’s response lies in a free kick from the edge by Insigne, a high ball not by much.

Italy suffers and Trippier’s position, which widens to the right and left, puts the Azzurri in crisis. Italy continues to suffer, especially in terms of rhythm, the British are literally ‘devilish’ and cover the field better. Italy does not enter the game and crashes into the English wall which is immediately compacted in the defensive phase. Fear for Jorginho hit hard but returns without problems. At 35 ‘, however, it is an act of arrogance by the Church that makes screaming at the goal. He does a door with Rice, goes away and explodes a right from the edge that ends just to the side. Thus ends the first portion of the game between the songs of Wembley.

A goal from Bonucci sends Italy-England into extra time

More convinced and incisive Azzurri and the pressure finds its fruit with a goal from the Juventus defender who resolves in the fray and sends everything to overtime. Italy more convinced at the beginning of the recovery. Insigne earns a free-kick from the edge for a foul by Sterling but his right-footed shot goes over the crossbar. Then in the middle of three he wedges to the right of the far English pole and his conclusion impacts on Pickford. Mancini tries to shuffle the cards a bit: Cristante and Berardi enter, Barella and Immobile come out. Insigne is central to false nueve. Italy seems more convinced and it is another Church percussion that is putting England in difficulty. Personal action in the 61st minute: he focuses and starts a right on which Pickford puts his hands on. England replied a minute later with a Stones header that Donnarumma put for a corner.

The blue pressure comes to a good end in the 67th minute: from the developments of a corner, Cristante lengthens the trajectory, Verratti with the head, Chiellini goes down, the ball reaches Bonucci who puts it in from two steps for the 1-1 that brings back in the race Italy. Italy insists. She is more convinced: in the 73rd minute ball in depth for Berardi who anticipates Pickford in a semi-reverse, but the ball ends up high. A minute later, a percussion by Chiesa but the English defense closes. At 80 ‘, Church hit hard leaves the field for Bernardeschi. The regulations finish 1-1 and we go to extra time.

Italy completely changes the attack trident

Out Insigne, inside Belotti who with Bernardeschi and Belotti forms the attack trio. England very close to scoring in the opening of the first extra time. First Sterling is providentially closed by Chiellini. On the corner kick Phillips kicks a ball that ends just to the side. Italy very close to doubling at the end of the first overtime. Emerson wins a rebound puts in the center, Maguire puts a patch on it. The second overtime opens in the sign of Bernardeschi. Free kick from 20 meters that Pickford blocks in two halves. On the other hand Donnarumma not faultless coming out on a cross from Kane. The last ten minutes are of British pressure but to no avail. We go to penalties and Italy is European champion.


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