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Italy clinch Euro 2020 title after defeating England on penalties

ITALY WIN THE EUROS! After a 1-1 draw in normal time with goals from Shaw and Bonucci, the game was taken to penalties.

Pickford made two big saves to keep the hopes alive for his team in the shootout, but Rashford hit the post and Donnarumma made big saves to keep out both Sancho and Saka which won the game for his side.

The 22-year-old was utterly immense as Italy won Euro 2020 in dramatic fashion, with their giant of a goalkeeper saving two penalties in the final, including the decisive spot-kick from Bukayo Saka.

The Arsenal teenager deserves the utmost sympathy for his miss because there is no more intimidating shot-stopper in the world right now, as underlined by the fact that Donnarumma is five for five in terms of shootouts, for club and country.

Italy win their second European Championships, their first since 1968, after finishing as runners-up in their previous two finals.

This result also extends their unbeaten run to 34 matches in all competitions.

What a performance from the Azzurri in the end. They were shocked by Luke Shaw’s opener, they reset their approach, twisted their tricks and battled back to be on top in a highly-charged Wembley atmosphere.

Roberto Mancini’s managerial reputation is already a nice one – and he has only added another one now, with a touch of youth and experience.

The superb reflexes of Gianluigi Donnarumma, still only a spring chicken in the grand scheme of things, came to their rescue again.

A tribute too to Juventus wily old fox combo of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.

Bonucci, though, turned in a flawless, outrageously composed display.

His passing, as always, was sensational, while he was also on hand to score the crucial equaliser when Marco Verratti’s header came back off the post.

These two may not be around for Qatar 2022 next year – but if this is to be their final bow, then they depart with the silverware they richly deserve. They look absolutely elated.

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