Italy made history, and ruined the celebration for England as they won the European Championship. The duel that was led by the Dutch Björn Kuipers ended 1 to 1 and was defined on penalties. Luke Shaw opened the scoring, but Bonucci called the actions. In the historic Wembley Stadium and before 60,000 spectators, Roberto Mancini's team won the title. Donnarumma became a hero after covering two penalties.
Italy, seventh in the FIFA rankings, suffered the early advantage of England who in their first attack took the lead. A center found Shaw alone, who executed a first-rate shot at the entrance to the area. Gareth Southgate's team tried to take care of the minimum advantage and Italy settled in the face of adversity, but did not have depth.
Federico Chiesa was the most dangerous footballer with mid-distance shots that worried England. Marco Verratti helped strengthen the midfield, but Italy collided with the well-planted lines of an England that played with five defenders.
The match was tight and close until the end, without spaces, but Italy played a little better against an apathetic England that still did not win the Eurocup, although it surpassed its best performance when in 1996 it finished third in the contest that it organized and enshrined Germany as champion with the victory against the Czech Republic. Today's story was defined after 120 minutes, and left Italy with the trophy in their hands, after winning 3 to 2 on penalties.
Italy National Team: How many titles did they won in their entire history?
In total, Italy won 7 tournaments throughout its history:
- World Cup: 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006
- Olympic Games: 1936
- Euro Cup: 1968, 2021
Italy National Team: What was the last titlte that they won before this one
The last tournament that the Italian team won was in 2006, when it became World Cup champion in Germany.
Italy National Team: It´s history in the Euro Cup
Italian participation in this competition never goes unnoticed. In fact, history indicates that, with today, he played his fourth final in the contest. The first, it won against Yugoslavia in 1968. Further back in time, it fell in 2000 against France, and in 2012 in the hands of Spain.