Euro 2020 final: England beaten by Italy on penalties

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Bukaya Saka's penalty is saved
Bukayo Saka’s saved penalty confirmed victory for Italy, who won a European Championship for the first time since 1968

England’s bid to end their 55-year wait for a major trophy ended in the familiar agony of defeat in a penalty shootout as Italy claimed the Euro 2020 crown at Wembley.

On a night of anticipation, tension and ultimate heartbreak in a feverish atmosphere, England looked on course for their most joyous day since 30 July 1966 when Luke Shaw gave them the perfect start after two minutes.

Italy, unbeaten in 33 matches before this final, slowly edged their way back into the game and were level in the 67th minute when Leonardo Bonucci pounced after England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford turned Marco Verratti’s header on to a post.

And after a tense period of extra time failed to find a winner, it was on to penalties and bitter disappointment for England manager Gareth Southgate and his players, who had gone into this final on a wave of expectation and high emotion.

England missed three of their five penalties, Marcus Rashford hitting a post and Gianluigi Donnarumma denying Jordan Sancho before – so cruelly for such a fine young player – Arsenal teenager Bukayo Saka also saw the giant Italy goalkeeper save his spot-kick.

Harry Kane and Harry Maguire were on target for England while Pickford kept hopes alive with saves from Andrea Belotti and Jorginho while Domenico Berardi, Bonucci and Federico Bernardeschi scored for Italy.

The tearful 19-year-old Saka, who showed such courage to step forward, was consoled by England team-mates and manager Southgate but there was no real consolation for them or the expectant fans packed into Wembley.

After so much hope, England’s long wait goes on.

More to follow.

Player of the match

ShawLuke Shaw

Line-ups

Italy

Formation 4-3-3

  • 21G Donnarumma
  • 2Di Lorenzo
  • 19BonucciBooked at 55mins
  • 3ChielliniBooked at 90mins
  • 13EmersonSubstituted forFlorenziat 118′minutes
  • 18BarellaBooked at 47minsSubstituted forCristanteat 54′minutes
  • 8JorginhoBooked at 114mins
  • 6VerrattiSubstituted forLocatelliat 96′minutes
  • 14ChiesaSubstituted forBernardeschiat 86′minutes
  • 17ImmobileSubstituted forBerardiat 55′minutes
  • 10InsigneBooked at 84minsSubstituted forBelottiat 90′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Sirigu
  • 5Locatelli
  • 9Belotti
  • 11Berardi
  • 12Pessina
  • 15Acerbi
  • 16Cristante
  • 20Bernardeschi
  • 23Bastoni
  • 24Florenzi
  • 25Tolói
  • 26Meret

England

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Pickford
  • 2WalkerSubstituted forSanchoat 120′minutes
  • 5Stones
  • 6MaguireBooked at 106mins
  • 12TrippierSubstituted forSakaat 71′minutes
  • 14Phillips
  • 4RiceSubstituted forHendersonat 74′minutesSubstituted forRashfordat 120′minutes
  • 3Shaw
  • 10Sterling
  • 19MountSubstituted forGrealishat 99′minutes
  • 9Kane

Substitutes

  • 7Grealish
  • 8Henderson
  • 11Rashford
  • 13Ramsdale
  • 15Mings
  • 16Coady
  • 17Sancho
  • 18Calvert-Lewin
  • 23Johnstone
  • 24James
  • 25Saka
  • 26Bellingham

Referee:
Björn Kuipers

Attendance:
67,173

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