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Euro 2020: Italy Defeats England to emerge champions

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The Italian national team defeated England to win the 2020 European men’s soccer championship, capping off a great season and denying England a historic international victory for the first time in almost half a century.

In a penalty shootout, Italy prevailed, scoring three goals to England’s two. The match was played at Wembley Stadium in London, England’s home field, a year after the event was postponed because to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After 30 minutes of already extra time and a 90-minute contest that finished in a 1-1 deadlock, the game was decided by penalty shots.

Following an early goal by Luke Shaw, England led for the majority of the first half, but Italy’s Leonardo Bonucci scored a key goal in the 67th minute to put the game out of reach.

Gianluigi Donnarumma, an Italian goalie, was named player of the tournament for the first time, marking the first time a goalie has won the award. Italy won thanks to Donnarumma’s final save against England’s emerging 19-year-old sensation, Bukayo Saka.

Italy’s performance on Sunday highlighted the team’s great real-time record, with the team having gone 34 games without losing.

The victory is also Italy’s first in the Euro tournament since 1968. Despite this, the squad has advanced to the finals three times in the last two decades and has won four World Cups.

The game on Sunday had even larger stakes for England, as they qualified for the finals for the first time in the team’s history, sending shockwaves around the country.

After decades of losses and an inability to secure an international championship win since the 1966 World Cup, the country rallied around their team’s closest shot at victory.

English leaders and fans alike notably repopularized the 1996 song “Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home)” sending it to the top of the British music charts.

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