UEFA EURO 2020: Italy beat England in shootout
New Delhi : In a heartbreak for English fans, Italy took the UEFA EURO 2020 trophy after a penalty shootout at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Luke Shaw gave England an early lead and Leonardo Bonucci equalised in the second half but the game finished 1-1 after extra time.
The game then went into shootout in which Italy defeated England 3-2 and won the title.
"The guys were extraordinary. I don’t have words for them, this is a magnificent group. There were no easy games and this one became very difficult, but then we dominated," Italy coach Roberto Mancini told Sky TV.
"You need a bit of luck with penalties and I'm a little sorry for England. This team has grown so much, I think it can still improve. We are so happy for all," he added.
Long-serving Italy captain Giorgio Chiellini capped a superb tournament with another display of both the skills and the dark arts of Italian defending.
"I’ve shed some tears. We deserved it, but at this age it we realise even more what it means to win a trophy like this. Since May we were saying that something magical was in the air, day after day it was more like that," the 36-year-old told Sky TV.
England striker Harry Kane was devastated to have come so close.
"We got off to the perfect start, maybe dropped a little bit too deep. When you score that early it's easy to try to soak up the pressure and try to hold on to that, and that's probably what happened," he told the BBC.
"They had a lot of the ball, they had a lot of possession, but to be fair we looked fairly in control, they didn't create too many chances, and then obviously they got their breakthrough."