Goalkeeper Donnarumma made two surprise saves in the penalty shootout, including the last shot from Bukayo Saka, as Italy beat England 3-2 on penalties to become Euro 2020 champions.
Italy beat England 3-2 in a penalty shootout in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium in London to win their second European Championship trophy. The match ended 1–1 after extra time. Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donarumma saved two consecutive penalties, while Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo missed the Saka Three Lions.
This is the first major international trophy Italy has won since winning the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Azzurri last won the Continental title in 1968. Italy also reached the finals in Euro 2000 and Euro 2012, but lost to France and Spain respectively.
After winning the FIFA World Cup at home in 1966, England focused on their first European Championship trophy and their first major international football title.
England fullback Luke Shaw gave England a strong start when he sent Italian goalkeeper Donnarumma to the back of the net with his left foot volley to give his side the lead in the second minute. It was the fastest goal scored in the Euro final.
Italy were unable to finish their game in the first 20 minutes. Federico Chisa had a shot from a distance, but it bounced off the goalpost. Roberto Mancini's side took control of the match half an hour later but were unable to equalize in the first half.
Defensive error from England almost gave the net to Chisa a few minutes later, but goalkeeper Jordan Pickford saved brilliantly to dismiss the Italian forward. Leonardo Bonucci brought it back to the level in the 67th minute. A corner kick set the moment for Italy with Marco Verratti saving the title in the Pickford point-blank range. But as soon as he deflected the ball, it went straight to the cage feet in front of the goal and he took full advantage of it.
For the rest of the second half, both teams continued their search for the winner, but despite a few scary minutes neither team took the lead. The match went into extra time.
Jack Greelish's start gave England some chances, eventually going into the Italian half as they intended. In the first 15 minutes of extra time neither team got a clear chance. In extra time, both teams went on to win 1-1 in the second half.
Gareth Southgate took a big gamble, he brought Marcus Rashford and Jaden Sancho for a penalty and the clock was running down. This eventually proved to be a deadly act as both alternatives lost their penalties.
It was at all levels from the start as Berardi and Kane pushed their spot kicks into the net. Pickford then saved from Bellotti and Harry Maguire's evil right foot pushed England's nose forward. But then the home team started getting pear shape. Bonucci calmed down and led Italy to 2-2, with Rashford hitting the post after a long-spot kick.
Bernardeschi converted his penalty and saved a shot from Donarumma Sacho, putting Italy on a winning goal. But the faithful Jorginho failed to beat Pickford, who made an excellent save to keep England in the match. 19-year-old Bukayo Saka took the decisive spot and Donarumma defended again to the delight of the Italian team and supporters.
The victory in the final marked a major turning point in the fortunes of the Italian national team that failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Roberto Mancini was responsible for bringing the team back to the world stage and delivering a major trophy in three years.
Italy are unbeaten in 34 consecutive international matches. This campaign and Italy's long unbeaten record coincide with the performance of the national team that won the 2006 FIFA World Cup.